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The Passion [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jeanette Winterson
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3. Oktober 1996
Henri had a passion for Napoleon and Napoleon had a passion for chicken. From Boulogne to Moscow Henri butchered for his Emperor and never killed a single man. Meanwhile, in Venice, the city of chance and disguises, Villanelle was born with the webbed feet of her boatman father - but in the casinos she gambled her heart and lost. As the soldier-chef's love for Napoleon turns to hate he finds the Venetian beauty, and together they flee to the canals of darkness.

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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New edition. (3. Oktober 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099734419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099734413
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,4 x 12,8 x 1,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (36 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 116.765 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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In 1985 Jeanette Winterson won the Whitbread Award for best first fiction for the semi-autobiographical Oranges are not the Only Fruit, an often wry exploration of lesbian possibility bumping up against evangelical fanaticism. She was 25. Two years later, The Passion, her third novel, appeared, the fantastical tale of Henri--Napoleon's cook--and Villanelle, a Venetian gondolier's daughter who has webbed feet (previously an all-male attribute), works as a croupier, picks pockets, cross-dresses and literally loses her heart to a beautiful woman. Written in a lyrical and jolting combination of fairy-tale diction and rhythm and the staccato, the book would be a risky proposition in lesser hands. Winterson has said that she wanted to look at people's need to worship and examine what happens to young men in militaristic societies. The question was, how to do so without being polemical and didactic? Only she could have come up with such an exquisite answer. In the end, Henri, incarcerated on an island of madmen, becomes aware that his passion, "even though she could never return it, showed me the difference between inventing a lover and falling in love. The one is about you, the other about someone else."


"It's a fantasy, a vivid dream... inventive and brilliant" (Guardian)

"As moving and funny as it is skilful, and reflects the author's formiddable appetite for life" (Sunday Times)

"A book of great imaginative audacity and assurance...brilliantly physical (and funny) detail" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Its concentrated, beautifully detailed prose recalls the diction of fairy tales; its plot incorporates their magic, their shrewd wit and brutality...a deeply imagined and beautiful book, often arrestingly so" (New York Times)

"Lyrical prose penetrates to the heart of things... She knows how to speak plain truth and at the same time satisfy our longing for the fabulous. She's telling you stories. Trust her" (Washington Post)

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Having now read this book 14 times, I am still in awe of JW's understanding of the vulnerability of men and women in love. Every time I read this book I learn something new. This is the one book I always give as a gift and use quotes from frequently. The prose of this novel is simply the most beautiful and poetic I have ever read... and that's saying something coming from a man who is sometimes intimidated by feminist literature. The story of Henri and Villanelle will surely touch any one with a heart especially the line that reads, ' when I lie in her arms no dark days appear... and I truly believe our children will change the world.' For all those who have read The Passion, I highly recommend "Written on the Body". Heartfelt thanks to JW for writing such an incredible story!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible Book! 7. März 2000
This book is one of the most amazingly spell-binding books ever written. On the surface it is a fairy tale but like a fairy tale it is so multilayered that it must be re-read. It is poetic, gripping, and truly passionate! This book is definitely in my top ten books of the century. Time will really be the one to judge this book, already her influence on other writers is obvious (I am thinking here of Geoffrey B. Cain, the author of "The Wards of St. Dymphna), and that is the true judge of great writing; the art that is created in response to great art.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heartstopping paragraphs on every page 5. August 1999
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"Perhaps all romance is like that; not a contract between equal parties but an explosion of dreams and desires that can find no outlet in everyday life. Only a drama will do and while the fireworks last the sky is a different colour." -Jeanette Winterson
Henri, a poor country boy joins the French military to follow his passion: Bonaparte. His tour of duty takes him on Napoleon's marches, and one is treated to an inside of look at being a soldier in Bonaparte's army. Napoleon's passion for fighting has him take his armies into Moscow. Concurrently, a woman gives birth to a child in Venice. The child's father is a Boatman, and those children, according to legend, can walk on water. The child turns out to be a girl, but is nonetheless a Boatman's Daughter. She has a passion for gambling, and meets the love of her life and finds another passion, in the process losing her heart. After her heart has been broken, she marries a cruel, fat Frenchman and exults in his passion for debasing her. Her destiny takes her to Moscow, where she meets Henri. Henri's passion for the Boatman's daughter proves to be no small thing in his own destiny.
Set in magical, eternal cities, encompassing a time which captivates the imagination, and written in beautiful prose, this work is emminently readable, and entirely riveting. There are beautiful heart-stopping phrases worth quoting on every page -- words which, by their beauty, make this spellbinding tale a lyrical journey of discovery. There are many kinds of passions in this piece, and following each to its end, and savoring each as it comes, is a bittersweet and very poignant experience. Do it! Highly Recommended!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Faerie Tale for Adults 4. Dezember 1997
I believe The Passion to be Jeanette Winterson's finest book ever. Always a lover of faerie tales, I sped madly through this novel of a chef's peculiar fascination with/repugnance towards Napoleon, of a mysterious red-haired woman with webbed feet, of love found and lost, and of myths, religion, and sacrifice. The sense of delicate beauty and intense melancholy is unparalleled. This is truly a faerie story for adults, and still makes my eyes brim when I read the last page. Jeanette Winterson is my absolute literary idol, and this book surely shows why.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I can't understand the praise for this book 2. Juli 1999
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I read The Passion on the recommendation of a friend. I was sadly disappointed. For a book of only 160 pages, it sure dragged on. I had little sympathy for either the male or the female main characters. I learned little about love or passion from this boring tale. The writing was frankly painful. Winterson seems to let her pen drool on the page, and then ends a meandering and repetitive pararagraph with short half-sentences. She seems to think these little "staccato" blurbs are somehow pithy. I found them painfully vapid.
- "Future. Crossed out. That's what war does."
This is powerful writing? It's annoyingly vapid to me. Or how about this one, in a paragraph all by itself:
- "Mother. Father. I love you."
Yeesh. This is supposed to be moving? I'm sure everyone is supposed to feel moved by a child loving his parents. How bold a notion! How '90s! But spelling it out like that instead of building any kind of believable bond is really nauseating.
This is not great literature folks. I think it is sad that such prose garners praise from the masses.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Electrifying! 24. Januar 1998
I first discovered this wonderful work a little over 2 years ago, when a close friend loaned me a copy. At the time, I was going through a difficult period and had shut out my feelings. Then, this amazing story, with its razor-sharp insights, poetic prose, and intricate story brought me to life again. For the first time in a long time, I actually felt things. Each word revealed things about the characters, about the human race, and -most importantly- about myself. Since then, I have read this novel at least 4 more times, always gleaning new treasures of insight into the human nature. I cannot praise this superb work too highly, and unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a novel that will challenge both their mind and their heart. I'd also like to give my personal thanks to the author for this wonderful gift that she has given to us all.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unusual love story
This is one of my favourite books. When a friend from Poland visited last spring I gave him my copy, but as I think it should not be missing in any bookcase i bought myself another... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 1 Monat von E. T. M. Berg veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Grandious
I already liked Jeanette Winterson because of Oranges are not the only fruit, and in this novel, she once more has proven her great writing skills and her imagniary ideas. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2008 von The_Frost
5.0 von 5 Sternen Somewhere between fear and sex passion is...
This marvellous book is about passion, friendship, love, hate, obsession, happiness, religion, webbed feet, lukewarm people and the interiour cities hidden in stolen hearts or... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2002 von "switzzz"
5.0 von 5 Sternen This is my ALL TIME favorite book
I get woozy just remembering this book. The Passion starts off a little slow (in contrast to the beauty of "Written on the Body"s -my other Winterson favorite- opening),... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2000 von "flavamartino"
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the most beautiful novels I have ever read!
This novel is a work of art. The words are filled with poetry. It is a bittersweet love story that takes you to a whole other world. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. April 2000 von CoffeeGurl
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Passion
I've just finished reading The Passion, and I loved it! I could hardly put it down. The thoughts and images it conjured up were at once, simple and complex.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Is Winterson Creating Parodies of Her Own Work?
I liked this book, but I didn't love it, and it's certainly not as strong as Winterson's book, Written on the Body.
The Passion is about, well, passion... and not much else. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2000 von "brentdavidjohn"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Winterson's mastery of language in The Passion
I have yet to read a writer that impresses and excites me as much as Winterson does. She is the absolute goddess of contemporary fiction as far as I'm concerned. Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Passion tells how obsessions can rule one's life.
The Passion is a tale that follows the life of Henri, a chicken-wringer in Napoleon's army. His passion for Napoleon causes him to live his life in the army, fighting a war that he... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. August 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen JW opens the readers' eyes to the magic of storytelling.
The Passion is a work of true art in that it highlights the subtle angles of love and realtionships. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
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