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Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
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Feb 25, 2011

it was amazing
Read from February 15 to 25, 2011

Jeannette Winterson's poetic-prose is crack to me. I obsess about her sentences like a junkie. Her images and words find me at the oddest times; sometimes they call to me. They set up camp in my head and never leave. They speak me. They speak what I long to be. They speak what I fear being. I push them around in my mouth just to feel them form, again and again.

This book is something of a loose mixture of historical fiction, sci-fi time-travel lit, brutal Brothers-Grimm style fairy tale, and classic ghost story -- with a meaty dose of feminist perspective thrown in for good measure. For those with a dark sense of humor, there's plenty to be had here as well. And, deep in the heart of it all, Sexing the Cherry is really meta-fiction: It's a story about storytelling.

I am totally enchanted by the Dog-Woman character. She is larger than life in so many ways.

The title actually has to do more with the propagation of fruit plants through grafting than what you might have originally thought. However, it does have some vivid sexual scenes (very few, if any, of them appealing in a "highlight the good bits and pass it around among your friends" sort of way). But even when she's making you cringe and recoil, Winterson is masterful.

This is a great book for those who enjoy a warped journey, for those who aren't sticklers for linear story-telling and singular narrative voices. It's a great book for those who like a bit of a literary romp that ignores convention and defies expectation.

I wouldn't read this book if you tend have prudish sensibilities when it comes to language and imagery, or if you like tidy "Point A-to-Point B" story-telling. You're not likely to enjoy it. I, however, loved it.

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Joyce porn...

Lisa LOL! Not quite.

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