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The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson
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Aug 02, 12

bookshelves: contemporary, queer-lgbti, novels
Read in August, 2012

Oh dear. I love Jeanette Winterson and I don't even care that she is always telling that same story, because it's a good story and she's always getting better at telling it. And that one story, that only story of love and truth and passion and risk, it demands so many tellings.

But here, the story feels thin. Some good scenes - in Paris, in Capri - are threaded together with flimsy meta-narrative. I'm unconvinced. I feel like she had to write on a tight deadline. I feel like this was the bones of an elegant collection of short stories (variations on a theme) - awkwardly inflated to make a small novel.

There are some great and heart-breaking lines though.
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