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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Winterson, Jeanette (Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God's elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
Authors: Winterson, Jeanette, 1959-
Title: Oranges are not the only fruit
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1997], c1985
Characteristics: 176 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780802135162
0802135161
$12.00
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Statement of Responsibility: Jeanette Winterson
LCCN: 87014412
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My husband returned Oranges are not the only fruit to the White Rock Library, by mistake. I hope it will turn up soon at Semi. Dorothy Beavington

Not as interesting as her 2011 book although more highly praised. Her life growing up in England was bizarre. Her freakishly religous mother was worse than any fundamentalist parent. too make it worse she outed herself as a lesbian in her teenage years which ostracized her. It's amazing she became a highly competent author. Most people would crack under such oppresion and religous persecution.

May 20, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This short novel is a marvelous mix of poetry, humour and drama. Winterson weaves images in her plot in a subtle and alluring fashion, punctuating her story with tales and fantasy.
I loved the way that Jeanette, an unquestioning little girl, living in a world of fire and brimstone, slowly discovers the world on her own terms, forging herself a strong and indomitable persona, which will have her both cast out and reborn.
The humour, however, is what makes this novel exceptional: it could have been a dark tale of rejection and close-mindedness, but the quirky, and rather generous, tone turns it into a likable, forgiving story.

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Jun 08, 2012
  • cwright75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

cwright75 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jun 08, 2012
  • cwright75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The unknownness of my needs frightens me. I do now know how huge they are, or how high they are, I only know that they are not being met. If you want to find out the circumference of an oil drop, you can use lycopodium powder. That’s what I’ll find. A tub of lycopodium powder, and I will sprinkle it on to my needs and find out how large they are. Then when I meet someone I can write up the experiment and show them what they have to take on.

Feb 02, 2012
  • beckylunatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I can't settle, I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and know that love is as strong as death, and be on my side for ever and ever. I want someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me. There are many forms of love and affection, some people can spend their whole lives together without knowing each other's names. Naming is a difficult and time-consuming process; it concerns essences, and it means power. But on the wild nights who can call you home? Only the one who knows your name.

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