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Sexing the Cherry

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  16,545 ratings  ·  1,139 reviews
In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth-century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames. The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, though he finds that the world’s most curious oddities come from his own mind. Winterson leads the reader from discussions on the nature of time to Jordan’s fascination with j ...more
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Published August 10th 1998 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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Peter Long It is about an actual cherry. A very full and voluptuous cherry, which is desired by all.

Until the cherry achieves full consciousness and builds a ti…more
It is about an actual cherry. A very full and voluptuous cherry, which is desired by all.

Until the cherry achieves full consciousness and builds a time machine. Then humans scorched the sky, so the cherries wouldn't be able to grow anymore, but fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.

After any adventures, which I don't want to spoil, the boat sinks and the cherry is left floating on a door. The only things left are it's stalk and a picture that jack and the beanstalk drew of the cherry like a French Girl.

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s.penkevich
Apr 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, fairy-tale
Every mapped out journey contains another journey hidden in its lines…

Societal expectations construct hierarchies that have long been exploited for the purposes of power. Sexing the Cherry, the zesty third novel by Jeanette Winterson, takes aim at constructs such as gender, religious society and even linear time and subverts them with a Rabelaisian charm that would make your grandmother blush to examine how upholding these subjective categoricalizations as inherent truths perpetuates oppressiv
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Lisa
"People will believe anything. Except, it seems, the truth."

I am in awe of Jeanette Winterson's writing. I don't know how else to put it. After The Passion, I honestly thought I could not be more impressed. But I think "Sexing The Cherry" may be even better. I suspect that her short novels should be read again as soon as you have added another one to your repertoire, because there are recurring themes and (fruity) flavours that are definitely part of Winterson's general narrative.
"Sexing the Che
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Paul Bryant
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Date 15 January 23rd January
Time 19:00 – 20.15
Location : The Box

Excerpt from interview with P Bryant

Detective Munch : Thing is, my literary friend, you got no proof.

PB : Proof?

Det Munch : Anyone can invent an identity and claim to have read like a zillion books and then post up fake reviews. Anyone. I could pay 15 year olds to do it.

PB : Well, so what? That’s the internet for you. Who cares?

Det Pembleton : Who cares? Did you hear that John? Who cares? We care. Let me explain a little. This Good
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Tina
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Jeannette Winterson is one of my all-time favorite writers and I'm constantly recommending this slim book. For what it lacks in girth, the book makes up for in substance. I have never more furiously scribbled passages down in my journal for future reference.
The story itself is entertaining enough to merit the book worth a read. The premise is reminiscent of a Brother's Grimm fairy tale - you know, back when fairy tales were sort of dark, creepy, and a little scary, before Disney got its hands on
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Prerna
This book feels more like Winterson's love letter to time, its uncertainties and the almost imperceptible irregularities, to the fickle nature of reality and to the ephemerality of truth. It can even be read as a lengthy ode, and I am completely besotted with it.

At the crux of the book is the idea that the spacetime we inhabit is a lie we tell ourselves, perhaps even a mirage projected by our thirst for a tangible reality. But reality itself is not static, it is a product of intersections betwee
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Jo (The Book Geek)
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
"I had sex with a man once: in and out. A soundtrack of grunts and a big sigh at the end"

This being the third book I've read by Winterson, I've concluded that she is certainly not the average writer. She's incredibly unique, and there is an oddity in her works. Winterson is definitely an acquired taste, but I've realised she's definitely 'my taste.'

This book is set in England, and the story jumps back and forth in time. During this, we meet various characters. I think the dog woman has to be my
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Marchpane
An exuberant crazy mess. Winterson is the ringmaster of her own word-circus, so much colour and movement. Loved it.
Greta
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Once I stood in a museum looking at a "painting" hanging on the wall. It had all the components of a painting: the canvas, lines and squiggles rendered in pencil, the artist's signature, and some blotches of color here and there. I read the review on the little plaque next to it which described what it was made of, its post-modern symbolism, it's meaning. I didn't see that at all.

Another time I put on a CD to listen to. It had all the components of "music": instruments, notes, pauses, a musician
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Vartika
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have lost count of the times I've read this book by now, but I first read it as part of a paper on post-war postmodern British literature, and thought and thought and thought about what the wartime experience of PTSD and reliving trauma opened up for people (writers!) in terms of Time and contemplation [insert nod to Kurt Vonnegut here].

Jeannette Winterson's idea of Time in this book is what truly makes it: Sexing The Cherry is about the way we do (and do not) experience time: as clock or as
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Aus10reads
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Molly
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I think I would like to write a letter of thanks to Jeanette Winterson. The letter would go something like this, "Thank you, Ms. Winterson, for being so magical. Thank you for holding on to the play of childhood and mingling it with a breadth of creative intelligence I never knew existed. Thank you for reading as much as you do and for deploying history in new and invigorating ways. Thank you for playing with your narratives, changing your characters into hyperboles of their human selv ...more
Shayantani
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
A very rewarding reading experience!
My favorite quote:

“The Buddhists say there are 149 ways to God. I'm not looking for God, only for myself, and that is far more complicated. God has had a great deal written about Him; nothing has been written about me. God is bigger, like my mother, easier to find, even in the dark. I could be anywhere, and since I can't describe myself I can't ask for help.”
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Fabian
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully titled and less porny than expected, "Sexting the Cherry" is a brilliant poem-in-prose. It's hilarious; the details are awkward and perfect. The silliness is nicely coated by pathos--something grand is stirring, yet, as Winterson proposes, it is not particularly mentioned.

"Every journey conceals another journey within its lines: the path not taken and the forgotten angle."

This oddity could be classified as meta-lit, as alternate history, as a Voltairesque journey into whimsy & poetry
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Dee
May 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
My first book by jeanette winterson and i was fascinated by it.
Her style of writting reminds me of a mix between master and margarita and a confederacy of dunces by john kennedy toole. With a huge added slice of winterson randomness that completely and utterly makes sence.
The story is one of a kind. The way it is amusing, dark and at times a little vulgar all add to the mesmerising stories that she has created from historical events or her own life experiences.
I haven't looked properly into this
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Lea
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I may come back later and bump this up to 5 stars -- I really enjoyed the story and Winterson's gorgeous writing.

Well, describing this one is going to take some doing . . .

Set in England, the story jumps back and forth between the 1600s and the 1990s (or thereabouts). We see moments in the lives of various characters: the Dog Woman, a coarse giant of a woman who is continually reforming her murderous ways; Jordan, her son, who she found floating in the Thames; Nicholas Jordan, a naval cadet; as
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Fatin
I...I don't know what just happened. I think I need to go reread some parts of this book, or at least think it over again because I am so darn confused.

But as for what I did understand, there are parts of this book that are bewitching, and then there are parts that drag so much it is as if there is no life in them.

This was a vintage twin set, basically I got the book for free along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The set is called Vintage Monsters. So I guess I'll spend tonight thinking about
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Riff
Aug 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Painfully pretentious and drowning in a mess of its failed aspirations, it's always a bad thing when an author becomes too fond of the sound of their own voice. Characters, ideas, feelings, and stories are lost under the weight of what I can only presume is Winterson's creative vanity. While arguably intelligent she lacks the poetic ability required to pull off a style like this, using language which distracts and detracts from the world she is struggling to present. A wonderful imagination is c ...more
Toria (Please call me Leo)
Oct 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Been wating to read this book for years and finally did it. I've really enjoyed other books by Jeanette Winterson and this was no different. Really enjoyed the writing, the plot and characters ...more
Lisa
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 clas
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Tim
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
possibly my absolute favorite book of all time. I want jeanette winterson to read me a bedtime story every night. I didn't know how much I could worship an author before I read this. It's short but potent, and thoroughly infused with her wit. Please please read it, it's wonderful. ...more
Alice Lippart
This one went straight over my head.
Abbie | ab_reads
I have to be honest, for large portions of this book I had absolutely NO clue what was going on! There is a distinctly Rabelaisian flavour to it, I don’t know who else might have studied Pantagruel at uni or school as I did, but that gives you an idea of the sort of bawdy humour that permeates these pages! I was actually laughing at certain passages, and then others had me cringing.
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Winterson’s mind races from one thing to the next, jolting us from a brutal double murder of two puritans in a bro
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clarice inspector
Reading Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson felt like a bizarre, enchanting dream I never want to wake up from: loosely structured, fragmented vignettes, eccentric characters (big and small), a whimsical play of time. This book is thin - spanning only 150 pages long - and light, yet every page overflowed with magic, with lessons on philosophy, the concept of time, feminism, history, the consequences of capitalism.

Aside from the Dog-Woman, whose savage, introverted personality I deeply admir
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Michelle Yoon
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Sexing the Cherry, Jordan is found floating in the River Thames. A large woman, known only as the Dog Woman, rescues baby Jordan, and brings him up like her own son. But Jordan, having been ‘born’ of the river, belongs to the river, and it isn’t long before the flowing waters reclaim him once again, as he sets of with sails to travel the world.

The book is told with alternating narratives, first Jordan, then the mother, then Jordan again and so forth. But while the mother’s narratives sound li
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Jenny
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
The juxtaposition of the stories of the giant woman living on the banks of the Thames with her dogs and her adopted son who is drawn to exploring the world in the mid 1600s was interesting. The incorporation of the stories of women who although kept by men for their pleasure are still able to lead lives of their own and escape were interesting asides as was the story of the 12 dancing princesses. The drawings of the banana and the pineapple at the top of the paragraph when the narrator changed w ...more
Joanka
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Winterson is amazing when it comes to fragments, paragraphs, she can tell a tiny little story that is oh so beautiful and then punches you in the gut while still smiling subtly. This is definitely something I fall for, I’m afraid. Add great language skills, she weave the sentences as she pleases and they work masterfully. She happily intertwines reality with fantasy, creating worlds that seems so real, although magical things happen there (while reading I thought that Haruki Murakami’s style doe ...more
Emma
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly beautiful. Winterson has an incredibly gifted talent of writing the most magical prose. I was utterly in awe, and a teeny bit jealous of her superbly written imaginative tales of the princess's who lived happily ever after, (just not with their husbands), the twisted reality of Sixteenth Century England, (taking a fair amount of time commenting on the battle between Cromwell's republican Commonwealth and the already established monarchy), not to mention throwing in detailed ...more
Kirsty
Winterson is one of my favourite authors, and Sexing the Cherry was a long-outstanding book for me within her oeuvre. The novel is a slim but very well reviewed piece which I was eager to read. Telling the story of Jordan, who was abandoned beside a river in that age-old Bible parody style, Sexing the Cherry is immediately captivating. Winterson's language is both playful and creative, and the dual perspectives of Jordan and his adoptive mother are incredibly effective. The historical setting ha ...more
Shawn
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bizzarly profound.

food for thought:

"The Hopi, an Indian tribe, have a language as sophisticated as ours, but no tenses for the past, present and future. The division does not exist. What does this say about time?
Matter, that thing the most solid and well-known, which you are holding in your hands and which makes up your body, is now known to be mostly empty space. Empty space and points of light. What does this say about the reality of the world"(frontispiece)?

"Truth to tell, I could have snappe
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Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959. She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England. Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, published in 1985. She graduated from St Catherine's College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assi ...more

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