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Love: Vintage Minis

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Love is a map, not a destination. That's why there is no such thing as "they all lived happily ever after"

How do we love? With romance. With work. Through heartbreak. Throughout a lifetime. As a means, but not an end. Love in all its forms has been an abiding theme of Jeanette Winterson’s writing. Here are selections from her books about that impossible, essential force, s
Paperback, 113 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Vintage Classics (first published June 8th 2017)
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Amalia Gkavea
‘’Love as the night-haunter, the blood-hunter, the body’s rack, antagonist of conscience. Love as the space between utility and despair. Love as the enemy of ease.’’

The Vintage Minis series is a wonderful new project by Penguin. Taken from some of the greatest writers ever, short extracts from novels, stories and essays compose a slim volume dedicated to the themes that turn Literature into a magnificent universe, that drive stories forth, reflecting our lives and feelings. Freedom, Death, L
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unlike the other Minis, this one isn't just a republishing of old work. This is Ms Winterson holding your hand, taking you around her own house, pointing out objects she liked best and why she kept them there. Love/ ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know, if people didn't know me any better, they would go ahead and presume that I have a "thing" for Jeanette Winterson, and I suppose really, I do. I admit, I praise her works a lot on this site, and some may become tired of it, but frankly, I don't care. This lady deserves praise where it's due, as she has had such a profound impact on me, and the way I see the world.

This beautiful vintage mini, is packed with snippets from Winterson's books, but she is also present as well, if you like. W
Imogen Kathleen
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020
A gorgeous little collection of essays by Jeanette Winterson, exploring her work and thoughts on love. Even if you haven't read all of her books (I haven't), I'd strongly recommend this beauty.
I really want to collect the rest of these Vintage Minis, but this has been my favourite one so far.
Full RTC shortly!
Jaroslav Zanon
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How to love?
Experience. Heartbreak. But hearts are made to be broken. It’s integral to the design. Writing is the best way I know to talk about the most difficult thing I know: Love.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: desire, lgbtq
The stories we sit up late to hear are love stories. It seems that we cannot know enough about this riddle of our lives. We go back and back to the same scenes, the same words, trying to scrape out the meaning. Nothing could be more familiar than love. Nothing else eludes us so completely.

I have been in search of a dictionary of love, a vocabulary of it for so long now. I wished to compile one of my own, for my own reference, for placing myself in relation to the objects around me. But when you
When I bought Love, I just expected some excerpts from of Jeanette Winterson's novels, but what I got instead was a wonderful amalgam of these excerpts and of Winterson herself commenting on them and on life and love in general. She also connects literature to current western society and politics, and I found this very interesting. I'd never read anything by her before, but now I would really like to. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Selections from Jeanette Winterson's earlier works, interespersed with comments. I'm interested to note how my attitude to JW changed with seeing her speak at Hay earlieer this year. Ive read "Oranges Are Not The Only fruit" but I'd forgotten how funny and insightful she could be. This probably isn't a representative sample but I enjoyed it and think I'll delve into her other works again at some point. ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love is both an anthology of Winterson's writing about love, and her own criticism of and reflection upon her own work. Fascinating and enlightening, what's not to love? ...more
Amal Bedhyefi
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I bought Love, I just expected a republishing of the old work of Jeanette Winterson's novels but what I got instead was a wonderful amalgam of these excerpts and of the authoress herself adding her own commentary on how & why she wrote her novels , on life and most importantly on love.
Oh , I forgot how refreshing it is to read what others perceive Love !
Will I ever pick up a book written by Winterson ? Absolutely , for this book left me in complete awe and admiration .
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english, own
"I wanted to do better. You could call it arrogance or you could call it optimism."

'Love' is a collection of book excerpts and commentaries of author Jeanette Winterson, which briefly introduces us to her as a writer, a person and a lover. She takes us through her creative process, her past and how she sees love. Also mentioned: Shakespeare, racism, religion and gender.

I was high-key impressed, even at page 1. In fact, I enjoyed her briefly mentioned ideas so much that I often wished she would e
Sivananthi T
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My all time favourite writer re-lives her favourite books and explores her own explorations of love in her work.
Moira Macfarlane
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I like Jeanette Winterson a lot I ordered this Vintage Mini, not expecting much of it as it would be bits and pieces of her published works. So I was very happy that Jeanette Winterson couldn't let her work go keeping her mouth shut... I enjoyed the comments and thoughts she added to all the passages she choose from her book. She has this energy in everything she's telling and I always like listening to her ideas and thoughts.

"So my commitment to story-telling, like my commitment to love,
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Winterson includes in this book introductions and analyses of ten of her novels and short stories (from "Oranges are Not the Only Fruit" to "Christmas Days"), as well as excerpts from those works. While the analyses were thought-provoking and topical, the excerpts themselves were far too short and choppy to do the themes justice. This reads more like a promotional teaser of the author's work than a satisfying exploration of "love" in its own right.

I would say, skip this one.

Mood: Choppy
Ira Therebel
I wish I read reviews before getting this book. It wasn't what I expected. I was looking forward to read parts of Jeanette Winterson's novels, some short stories etc on the topic of love. Find some beautiful quotes and ideas, see which of her books I am interested in.

But the book is mainly her talking about writing her novels. Which is not what I was really interested in. I don't like how it was structured. In some parts I wasn't sure where is the part of the novel and where is she talking about
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-these
I’ve only read one other book by Jeanette Winterson and having seen her give a talk once in Amsterdam last year, this small book just confirmed my adoration for her and her writing. Love truly is a fascinating subject ❤️
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, gay
the way the quote "i miss god who was my friend" still slaps me in the face every now and then ...more
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first Vintage Mini - really liked it, lots of quotable snippets. Thinking to get “Desire” and “Liberty”next. I’ve read Orange and I don’t think I was warm towards it, but this makes me want to read more of Winterson’s books. Though which one is the big question, as they all sound quite different and I have a feeling I won’t like some of them. Some I will.
Vanessa Diaz
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first time reading Vintage Minis- a great little morsel on the exploration of the meaning of love.
Stella Delina
So many emotions and inner thoughts expressed in a magic way....Thanks for this great compilation and the motivation to love unconditionally, hard and risky!!!
sara sanda sandra
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, thesis

I don't think there's someone else whose words I've read and have them hit me as much as Winterson's. Or an author whose quest for love to be so absolutely absorbing, understandable and beautiful.
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am head-over-heels in love with the way Jeanette Winterson writes, so this Vintage Mini was not only a wonderful sampler of some works I'm yet to get to but also an aesthetic delight.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about this one is that unlike other Minis, this one isn't just a collection of extracts from previously-published works. Here, Winterson brings to you the objects of her love — the many books borne of it — and lets you feel and touch what is most tender, or most jarring, about the
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book from Shakespeare & Company, assuming it’s going to be one of short stories or personal essays at the very least. It was displayed on the shelf close to the door and by impulse, I took it with me. Later on, I realised that each chapter consists of an excerpt from books Jeanette Winterson wrote, with her afterthoughts provided as a complement. All chapters, regardless of how different they sound individually, speak of the same force we call ‘Love’.

This mini collection is a wo
Deedee Elena
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
'What would it be like if we didn't have a body? If we communicated as spirits do? Then I wouldn't notice the smile of you, the curve of you, the hair that falls into your eyes, your arms on the table, brown with faint hairs, the way you hook your boots on the bar of the chair, that my eyes are grey and yours are green, that your eyes are grey and mine are green, that you have a crooked mouth, that you are petite but your legs are long like a sentence I can't finish, that your hands are sensitiv ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritos-2020
English Review

It felt so good to read this book. This was the first time that I read anything from Jeanette Wnterson and I really loved how she approach so many things on the book: God, gender, family and much more because Love is not only a feeling, it is much more and that´s what I loved about "Love". This is a read I recommend to everybody who likes to go deeper on their believes and read other people´s point of view.

"What does it mean to love as a man? What does it mean to love as a woman
One of the excellent Vintage Minis series that showcases excerpts of an author's book around a central theme. In this case, Jeanette WInterson discusses love through a range of her work including her most famous Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?.

My problem with this was that it is essentially a book of Winterson explaining her own work. Previous books from this series have literally just been excerpts or short stories but here Winterson's commentary breaks
Reflections and lessons learned:
I’m familiar with most of these works but have only actually read oranges..., but such was the striking story of it at the time, it has a real impact on my life. These analyses weave through the books and narratives, with so many flooring lines quoted along the way. What an author and what a collection in Vintage minis - I shall be tracking down as many of these as I can!

“I’m telling you stories, trust me”

“We do not know our own souls, let alone the souls of othe
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Delightful and brilliant!

I don't even know how to describe this little gem so let me give you a brief "synopsis": Winterson wants to tell us about Love and she does so through little bit and pieces of her previously published work, tied together by some of her own thought and reflections.

Me and Winterson have a very different conception of love but somehow, I managed to feel what she was feeling, what she wanted us to see. Highly recommend you read this while listening to some soft music in the
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is part of the Vintage Minis collection in which several writers explore different themes and their work. Love is Winterson’s theme and she delves into every form and aspect of it. It’s not necessary to have read her books to read this one, but I recommend it.

"How do we love? With romance. With work. Through heartbreak. Throughout a lifetime. As a means, but not an end."

I really like what I've read by Winterson so far, so I found this book very interesting. I also like the concept of t
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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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