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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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"I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don't think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their very nature betray. I miss God who was my friend. I don't even know if God exists, but I do know that if God is your emotional role model, very few human relationships will match up to it."
"As it is, I can't settle, I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and know that love is as strong as death, and be on my sid ...more
Though much, much better than my miserable first experience with Winterson, I am still unsure about her after reading this, still plagued by minor annoyances. As with that other one, this book is riddled with what it seems t ...more
This book is exactly like those gloves. I found this book while on a field trip for pre-college English class, crammed in backwa ...more
The Book Description: Jeanette, the protagonist of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and the author's namesake, has issues--"unnatural" ones: her adopted mam thinks she's the Chosen one from God; she's beginning to fancy girls; and an orange demon keeps popping into her psyche. Already Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical first novel is not your typical coming-of-age tale.
Brought up in a working-class Pentecostal family, up North, Jeanette follows the path her Mam has set f ...more
I don't know why some girls become lesbians, presumably most are just made that way, but I do think some become that way through choice. In the book its almost as if there was one thing calculated to offend the mother and the entire community of zealots as a mortal sin, but not offend anyone else in the world, the only possible reb ...more
For me, this bit redeems all the boring parts:
"But where was God now, with heaven full of astronauts, and the Lord overthrown? I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don't think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their very nature betray. I miss God who was my f ...more
I’ll give this book a 3 orange rating (the little mandarin ones though, not the big California navels).
mmmmm... oranges: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUym7n...
Oranges is a coming of age tale of a young woman in Britain raised by a Very Religious adopted mother. The chapters are aptly titled after books of the Old Testament (Genesis through Ruth). Winterson tells the story of Jeanette by juxtaposing myths and fairy tales with the life events of the protagonist. No, I’m not talking abou ...more
Maybe Laura Doan's essay 'Sexing the Postmodern', about Winterson's work and theme development over this and two subsequent novels The Passion and Sexing the Cherry gave me a hunger to read this that made it taste so good ('hunger ...more
According to my Goodreads shelf, I have read 490 novels. If Joyce Carol Oates, Marcel Proust and William Gass have anything to do with it, I’ll never make 500. But I want to see that magic number 500 there! I want to be able to say “I have read 500 novels, hear me roar!” So, I’m eating up SHORT novels like a madman right now, never mind the quality, feel the pages! 300? Too long! 250? Still too long!
Oranges is short and sweet; really, short and bittersweet. It was drop dead ...more
What hurt the book for me was its pretence, emphasised in Winterson’s ludicrously self gratifying introduction. It is difficult, for someone used to the more modest comments of authors such as Woolf (“I ...more
Sometimes I got the impression that the author had been issued a challenge to write sentences that no one in human history had ever written before. I started keeping a notebook of the strangest sentences. A few gems: "Our crocodile weaved in and out, ...more
Just like Francoise Sagan, French, who was 17 when she wrote her first hit novel, Bonjour Tristesse, Jeanette Winterson, British, wrote this phenomenal book Oranges Are Not The Only Fruitsat a tender age of 24. The only difference is that Sagan was not able to duplic ...more
Depth of characters: 3
Overall sense of aesthetic: 3
Emotional Reaction: 2
Intellectual Stimulation: 1
Social Relevance: 5
Writerly Inspiration: 2
Average = 2.6/5
(the rating system is borrowed from Stephen M )
Ratings are a bit harsh, given that I read it on and off and always found difficult to connect instantly. The plethora of Bible allusions, for which the novel won many accolades, obviously weren't obvious to me, and so I think I miss ...more
Adopted into a nuttily religious household and finding in adolescence that she is lesbian, I had to know how she coped and how she came to a place where she could tell the interviewer that Mrs. Winterson was probably the perfect moth ...more
La Winterson vuole focalizzarsi sul rapporto con sua madre, su una fanatica religiosa ...more
For the truer, grittier, more analytical version, see "Why be happy when you can be normal?": http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/....
There also seem to be significant autobiographical aspects to "Lighthousekeeping", as explained in my review: ...more
This was one of the more challenging of the texts as it focused on issues I feel strongly about. However having completed this novel I can find many things of merit despite it involving a character whose world-view is contrary to my own.
This is the tale of a girl brought up in a strict religious society. Well it's not her society so much as her mother forcing her along to church and h ...more
I’ve read this book at least 3 times since I bought it shortly after it came out in paperback.
Jeanette, Jeanette. You are such a puzzle. Part of each of your books thrills me in that way a writer gets thrilled when she reads work she really would like to emulate. And then I find myself skimming other parts.
But I always admire your creativit ...more
Utterly uninspiring, so awfully generic, plainly written...dreadful, in a word. Even the random, nonsensical snippets dotted throu ...more
Being a non-Christian, and from a country (India) where Christians are officially minorities, I often find the various flavours in which Christians come to be very, very confusing. What is less confusing is the zealousness of religion that envelopes a fanatic which, if displayed in any other aspect, would ensure you a recommendation to the shrink. Add another side of a person which does not conform to the generally accepted views of the environment to which one belongs, and lo, you have a powder...more
But, somewhere in the second third of the book, the story dropped off for me. The relationships that were supposed to be profound were lost in a writing style that felt less like quirky prose and more like the ramblings of a crazy person. New characters were introduced and never fleshed out, and old characters were so si ...more
Challenges they face outside community.
Challenges one face being "different" in the community.
Story how Jeanette grew up in a religious family and how the whole community treats her finding out she loves women which, obviously, is considered to be something demonic.
Too much religious stuff I didn't quite understand and some odd parallel stories, but it was ok and I liked it.
There was this line: "When I married, I laughed for a week, cried ...more
If this isn't heart breaking what is?
My reading of 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit' began with high expectations: expectations that Win ...more