Jeanette Winterson’s novels have established her as one of the most important young writers in world literature.The Passionis perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel. Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars,The Passionintertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldi...more
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He went off on one because he thought I was threatening his do ...more
Usually I can understand the love of a critically acclaimed book even if it's not my cup of tea but the writing in The Passion is something I just can't get past. This is an entire book of life changing ponders like "Is every snowflake different? No one knows," and repetitions of other ...more
If you like quirky, give this little book a try. It's only 160 pages. It's an odd combination of historical fiction, magical realism, and humor, with some unconventional romantic elements tying it all together.
Henri is a cook/soldier for Napoleon Bonaparte. Villanelle is a bi-sexual, web-footed (yes, web-footed) boatman's daughter in Venice. She has some mystical powers and a penchant for gambling. Circumstanc ...more
So this one had its good and its bad, places where the unconventional prose worked beautifully and other places where it ran off the tracks. Now, this kind of historical fiction, filled with magical descriptions of far off places that are so much more engaging than real life, was my all-consuming love during my high school years. I have returned to this genre with many more books under my belt, and a much more critical eye for faults.
The author enjoys her meaningful phrases, which were stre ...more
1 more star for the beautifully done ending and the immensely quotable lines on love and passion the writer seems to have clumsily crammed in to the narrative in the last few pages.
It is almost like a series of unbelieveable disconnected vignettes that the reader visits through a common hallway. I can't describe it except for to say that it is sort of like if Gabriel Garcia Marquez had an older sister who went on tour with the GratefulDead and heard these st ...more
Along with a love story comes hiliarous snipits of historcial text paried with fanciful imagery that builds a world matching the mas ...more
"Questo non è un luogo desolato. Villanelle, che ha la capacità di osservare le cose almeno due volte, mi ha insegnato a trovare la gioia nei luoghi più impensabili e a lasciarmi stupire dalle cose quotidiane. Sapeva sollevarti il morale solo dicendo «Guarda» e ogni volta scoprivi un tesoro."
L' amore è forse il sentimento più complesso al mondo, sicuramente il più variegato, non si smette mai di amare fin quando si muore, e in mille maniere diverse: le prime persone che ami sono i tuoi genitori, ...more
Het boek bestaat uit vier delen. In het eerste deel vertelt Henri zijn verhaal. Hij heeft zich a ...more
La forma narrativa baraja un par de puntos de vista en primera persona, que se alternan ...more
I might've been predetermined not to like it. Julian Barnes is one of my favorite authors and this author, Jeanette Winterson, had an affair with his wife. I adore fidelity and hate home ...more
The story is set in the time of Napoleon and features Henri, a young man who loves Napoleon and cooks for him and a young woman Villanelle, from Venice who loses her heart to another woman. Henri and Villanelle meet up in the snows of Russia. It is a story of passion. Passions of Napoleon, passions of Villanelle and passions of Henri. The writing is beautiful written and of a style, magical realism.
First words: It was Napoleon who had such a passion for chicken that he kept his chefs working ar ...more
The Passion is a pretty quick read - under 200 pages for most editions. It has four parts and two primary characters. Henri is a young soldier who leaves his very small town in France to fight in Napoleon's army and ends up cooking chickens; Villanelle is a cross-dressing young woman in Venice who works in a ca ...more
Not too long ago Mary checked out 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. We were looking through it to see how 'literate' we ...more
When I began reading The Passion, I thought this quote was a beautiful way to explain the changes that occur after you fall in love.
When I finished the book, I re-read it and thought "dull" and "mediocre" are pretty benign criticisms after the intensity of Winterson's expressions- and ah, ha! The quote is not actua ...more
"There is a city surrounded by water with watery alleys that do for streets and roads and silted up back ways that only the rats can cross. Miss your way, ...more
The Passion has some beautiful imagery, and some fairytale dream-like stories that sparked my int ...more