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Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
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Jun 09, 07

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Recommended for: Everyone
Read in June, 2007

This was an amazing book. It starts out as a story of an affair, but the second half is more of a memory about or a lovestory to the lover's body. It's impossible to tell whether the storyteller is a man or woman, but this is so well written - sad, reflective, happy, joyful - it works through every emotion. I will have to buy it for myself.

A few quotes that were meaningful to me:

"I will taste you if only through your cooking."

"When I say 'I will be true to you' I am drawing a quiet space beyond the reach of other desires. No-one can legislate love; it cannot be given orders or cajoled into service. Love belongs to itself, deaf to pleading and unmoved by violence. Love is not something you can negotiate. Love is the one thing stronger than desire and the only proper reason to resist temptation."

"What other places are there in the world than those discovered on a lover's body?"
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