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The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
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Recommended to Chris by: deb
Read from July 18 to 25, 2011

** spoiler alert ** As this novel moved along, I liked it more and more, but at the beginning I was unsure if I was going to have any real interest. Okay, Nationalism, Napoleon, poultry? And, the sentence structure, not just in the beginning, but at spots throughout, was very tiresome to me. Several times I found myself having to read a sentence three or four times because, without the proper punctuation, the meaning was lost to me.
However, as the book moves away from the war and into Venice, magic, and insanity, the strangeness of the writing and the alien qualities of the characters become much more bearable. It is unfortunate to me that the third section of the novel, then, is so short.
The thing that made this book a little more meaningful to me is that I feel like I have been in Henri's place before, and so fully understood his decision in the end, to stay where he was and to ignore his love. I mean, the image of the tower of solitude might be a little much, but I can see where that character, in a land so much more dramatic than my own, might find this the only place for respite from the things that horrify him.
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