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Sexing the Cherry

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  13,402 ratings  ·  826 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
Paperback, 167 pages
Published August 10th 1998 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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"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
Paul Bryant
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels

Date 15 January 23rd January
Time 19:00 – 20.15
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Excerpt from interview with P Bryant

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

PB : Proof?

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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
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
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
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elimden dusurmeden okudum. Ozellikle Ingiliz kulturunu ve tarihini birazcik taniyorsaniz keyifle okuyabileceginiz ilginc ve surukleyici bir kitap.
Shayantani Das
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.”
Meric Aksu
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winterson kendi yazmış olduğu önsözünde diyor ki; "öykülerin de kendi kendilerini değiştirmek gibi bir özelliği vardır ve okumak özgürlüktür, bir dizi kural değil." Bu vesileyle "katı" cisimlerden oluşmuş dünyaya meydan okuyor kalemiyle. Dünyanın gerçekliğini sorguluyor ve de zaman algımızı, Tanrı'yı ve benlik savaşımızı, egomuzu. Geçmiş zaman, gelecek zaman gibi ayrımlar yapmayan, zamanı tek olarak algılayan ve bizim asla öğrenemeyeceğimiz aslında son derece yalın bir algı düzeyinde yaşayıp, bu ...more
Sinem A.
Kitaba büyük merak ve beklenti ile başlasam da birkaç sayfa sonra beklentimin boşa olduğunu anladım. Bir kere biçim ve içerik konusunda, dilin kullanımı (belki çeviriden de kaynaklıdır bilemiyorum) konusunda bence ciddi sıkıntılar var.
Masallları, fantastik olayları hikayeye yedirmek göründüğü kadar kolay bir meziyet değil sanırım. Çünkü yazar bunu başaramadığı takdirde karmakarışık bir anlatı çıkıyor ortaya. Gerçi burada yazarın yapmak istediği de biraz bu aslında yani biraz karmaşa yaratmak am
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone alive
Recommended to Molly by: Natalie Giarratano
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
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 an acquired taste, but 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 favourite. Weaved expert
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
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
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yazar hanım baya muazzam iş çıkarmış. kitap boyu gerçeği bükmüş arada da felsefi sorular sormuş. değişik bir deneyim oldu benim açımdan.
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
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.
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
Serbay GÜL
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beklentilerimin çok ama çok üzerinde çıkarak uzun zamandır beni şaşırtabilen nadir kitaplardan birisi oldu. Tam anlamıyla tadı damağımda kaldı. Yalan , gerçek , tarih , safsata , hayal gücü hepsi kitabın içerisinde. Masal olduğu kadar da gerçek aynı zamanda. İçe içe geçmiş bu kadar güzel saçmalığı ben bir arada görmedim. Kitabın adı ne kadar garip bir güzellikte olacağının işaretini veriyordu halbuki.

Reenkarnosyon durumu çok güzel bir şekilde iliştirilmiş öyküye. Kitaba dair en sevdiğim nokta in
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
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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to enjoy this book and whilst I appreciate that it is written very well in a literary sense, it did not appeal to me at all. The relentless misandry made it quite a boring read, despite its short length. I could see flashes of brilliance in this book (the dancing princesses, the character of dog-woman), however none of it was fleshed out to any sort of degree to make me want to read on. All in all a difficult 140 pages to trawl through. I can't help thinking that if it were a lit ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
nu ii mai dau nici o sansa. Sunt prea multe carti de citit si prea putin timp. Pana la 13% nu am gasit nici o logica la carte, decat niste metafore/comparatii parca rupte din definitiile de la careurile netematice de la Flacara.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Frankly, I have no words for this one, but I will attempt a review. I had such high hopes for "Sexing the Cherry" (billed as important to Magic Realist enthusiasts), so I would be lying if I didn't admit that I was just a little bit disappointed after reading it. This one barely hangs together as a novel, and at times, I would get annoyed feeling like I was reading someone's unpolished dream and nightmare journals. This book is filled with bizarre episodes both disorienting and also, at times, s ...more
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
Wah. Some of Winterson's works make me feel as if I completely missing out on something, like it's going straight over my head. Which is likely the case considering I am not the most intellectual of sorts but I don't like being reminded of this when trying to enjoy a novel. Further, with most books that are a little too 'smart' for me, I usually understand why. Either it's the content, or the heavy vocabulary or some such thing.

But Winterson ... sometimes I feel like I just don't get it. Rather
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
Hazal Çamur
Karşı Masal türü nedir, nasıl yazılır? İşte bu kitap tam olarak bunun rehberi.

Cümlelerin çift anlamlılığı, üzerinde düşünmeye teşviği, her masalın mutlu sonla bitmediğini klasik masallar üzerinden göstermesi, ebeyn olmak, evlat olmak ve nicesi üzerine psikanaliz tadında bir roman. Türünün (karşı masalın) en kaynak gösterilesi eserlerinden.

Benim için özel bir kitap. Okuyalı epey oldu, ama bir ara tekrar okumam gerek. Eminim bu tekrar okumada görmediğim başka şeyler göreceğim.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poate 2 * 1/2.

Nu mi-a plăcut mai nimic la cartea asta. Din păcate, nu mi-am făcut temele ca lumea, știam că vreau să citesc o carte de JW cu ceva fruct în titlu, dar era vorba de portocale, nu de cireși... Mhh. Portocalele rămîn pe listă, romanele ei, dacă sînt în genul Sexului cireșilor, nu mersi, nu mă pasionează.

Cartea mi s-a părut scrisă slăbuț, scăldate 17 stiluri, putea mai mult, nu știu exact ce nu mi-a plăcut. Mi s-a părut simplistă a la Coelho și Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, care EES are un m
Surprisingly, this was too strange and disjointed for my taste. Packed with odd sexual encounters (although not as pornographic as the title suggested) and murders contradicting some of its religious themes and tone of justice, the inclusion of time and love as concepts did not seem enough to tie everything Winterson was trying to say in this novel of attachments, outcast characters, known mythologies and fragments of histories reimagined with reflective feminism to boot. Still, I will not deny ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kyla
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
“As your lover describes you, so you are.” 726 likes
“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.” 440 likes
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