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4.0 von 5 Sternen Promising first novel
I liked this book a lot, too, but it does suffer from what might be identified as a first novel's imperfections - especially the metaphorical fables plunked into the middle of the narrative without any connecting language. The rest of the novel so successfully carries us along in the flow of Jeanette's life that the fables, meaningful or not, are interruptions. This...
Veröffentlicht am 20. August 1999 von Andrew Rasanen

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2.0 von 5 Sternen so irgendwie keine Handlung
ich habs zwar bis zum Schluss gelesen, in der Hoffnung, dass sich noch was interessantes tut, aber es tats nicht.
Mir hat es nicht gefallen
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Promising first novel, 20. August 1999
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Andrew Rasanen (San Francisco, CA) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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I liked this book a lot, too, but it does suffer from what might be identified as a first novel's imperfections - especially the metaphorical fables plunked into the middle of the narrative without any connecting language. The rest of the novel so successfully carries us along in the flow of Jeanette's life that the fables, meaningful or not, are interruptions. This quibble aside, OANTOF is a charming melange of working class comedy, evangelical exposé, and coming of age story. It's not surprising that sexuality, that most fundamental aspect of the human condition, is what wakes Jeanette to her self and leads to the break with her church, yet in her innocence she isn't even aware of the consequences until they are spelled out for her. That is wonderfully well conveyed and believable. Winterson wins my respect for her generous spirit: she treats no character meanly or vengefully, even the most repressive ones. If anything, that's what proves the narrator has risen above the petty proscriptions among which she was raised.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the most beautiful, poetic books in existence!, 5. Dezember 1999
Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel is one of the most beautifully written story of a middle-class girl struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, creativity, passion vs. her family/society's inflexible "formed opinions". The story of the persecution of a girl because of her sexual preference (in this case, lesbianism) is not new. It's how Ms. Winterson presents her story. Fresh. Alive. Witty. Funny. Heartbreaking at times. Imaginative. Almost like you were holding a piece of someone's soul in your hands rather than merely a book. I noticed that one reviewer mentioned that the book's sexual nature is vulgar. I do not find this so. Even if it is, so what? Life is vulgar. Only those fond of sweeping the dirt under the carpet so that it stays out of sight (or those who drive lesbian girls from their house/church and pretend they don't exist) will disagree with the innate vulgarity of all life. This book is the antidote for that kind of sanitized thinking. This book exposes that sanitized Christian middle-class thinking is weird, almost alien when observed sanely by a third party standing on the outside. This book celebrates life. Read it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen interesting first novel, 21. April 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
After a conventional beginnen, the style as well as the plot rise to new, imaginatve, fascinating and inventive heights. The book lets show through that it is a first, and rises hopes for all the following books.
The plot itself is intereting, but it its the style that makes the book extraordinary. It is full of new metaphores, is mythic and philosophical, melancholic and countains a hint of sarcasm well hidden.
The complexity of the vocabulary is excellent.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious exces, 12. April 1998
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"Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle, it did'nt matter what. She was in the white corner and that was that." I have read this book four times to date, as well as watched the TV serial on UK BBC TV and have recently purchased the video. Why? Because Jess lived in a childhood world not dissimilar to my own; it's the 1960s, she is a special child brought into a sinning world that she is going to change by becoming a missionary.
That's her mother's view anyway.
Then in the 70s, against the slowly changing background of a decaying mill town in the NorthWest of England, she starts to question her pre-ordained life, and falls in love.
The traumatic discovery of her affair and the resolve Jess encounters will ring true to anybody brought up in a closed or religious commmunity, where you suddenly realise you don't want what has already been mapped out for you.
"There are different sorts of treachery, but betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it."
The characters in Jess's life leap out of the pages, my particular favourites are her terrifying mother, the sinister church pastor, and Elsie, Jess's childhood friend.
The structure of the book, mixing the account of Jess's life with moments of fantasy add a dreamlike and often moving quality, the two mediums seem entirely separated until you turn the next page and find the answer.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and can only be thankful that Jeanette Winterson had the courage and determination to bring this corner of industrial England and the intimate details of this developing child's life into print.
It's a love story too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Evangelical Christianity meets its match, 8. Februar 1998
Published in England in 1985, this first novel (autobiography?) is a story of a girl adopted as a baby into an evangelical Christian family in the Midlands, and raised with good humor and matter-of-fact, everyday, unquestioned love ("I cannot recall a time when I did not know that I was special"), strict religious teachings, a lot of structure, strong opinions coming from all corners. As a child, she's proud of her eccentric, high-achieving mom; she's her best student, too. The household and small community is a bubbling stew of English coziness, friends and neighbors, superstition, religious fervor and misinformation, vulgarity, harsh pronouncements and oddly good-natured fanatical beliefs.
The girl soaks it up -- to a point. Things begin to come apart, inevitably, and later still, as a teen, there's the narrator's growing knowledge that she is passionately, yearningly, and quite happily in love with a girl her age named Katy -- and no amount of exorcism will change that. The affair proceeds. Winterson is smart enough to put it all together with grace and humor. Her bright and resourceful protagonist travels a great and difficult path, avoiding all the predictable plot formulas. No whining or self-pity, either.
There is incisive wit, a smart and brave presentation of the (sometimes appalling) facts; very good use of myth, history and politics, fairy tales, Bible and church miscellany; amazing observation. This is a detailed and often funny picture of a truly strange household, a great girl, and there's a lot of love -- in this wonderful novel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More than just good, 16. Juni 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
"Oranges" is a novel that is not afraid of crossing borders of genres and putting medieval imagery where you would least expect it. To quote the author: "I've never understood why straight fiction is supposed to be for everyone, but anything with a gay character or that includes gay experience is only for queers." If this is what you want of a novel - if you want it to be more than just "lesbian/women literature" - "Oranges" is the novel you should definitely read. What Winterson does is to put a queer/female/lesbian story into a much bigger context, to build bridges by use of intertextuality. There is not a single page that is not still as innovative as it must have been when "Oranges" was published, there is not a sentence that seems ill-fitted. On the first look, "Oranges are not the only fruit" seems imperfect, lengthy passages invite the reader to fly over the lines, but I guess they are needed to characterize the protagonist thoroughly.
You can learn a lot by listening to the narrator about how people's minds work and how trauma creeps into their lifes.
This is not one of the books you should carry with you on a lonely island in the Pacific Ocean because it would increase the chance of growing mad and you would quite likely forget to build a raft, simply because it is too mind-blowing. Oranges is not a good after-work read, it has too much consistence. It will overwhelm you, but you won't notice immediately.
The novel will introduce you to all shades of grey within the sometimes scary, sometimes hilarious and sometimes even likeable "communion of the holy" and it will never please someone who is looking for "black and white".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unnatural Passions, 8. Dezember 1999
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Winterson's exploitation of her coming out as a lesbian against all odds--namely her overbearing mother and her church--sets a standard for all individuals still coming to terms with their own sexuality. In every respect, Winterson has reasons for insecurity. The same church that once embraced her condemns her for unorthodox practices; her friends mock and desert her; her mother who once expressed unconditional love towards her daughter, now disowns her. What then? Left with nothing but herself and her homosexuality, Winterson puts two and two together and creates her own world where oranges are not the only fruit. I truly admire her inner strength--if only the rest of us found love within ourselves when the world turns dark--we'd be much happier. I say, let your true self radiate from within. Life is too short to live by others' standards and criticisms.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen starterling encarputaring spell binding!, 15. Februar 1999
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This book manages with adept precision to encoroperate unbiased philiosophical observations into a startling yet completely believable story line. This book never looses the readers fascination and imagination let alone full attention. The most thought provoking modern read I have experienced. The simplicity yet detailed description of the prose creates atmosphere, and emotion and an understanding of the characters. This book describes with complete understanding and accuracy religous extreme and the struggle of an amazingly intelligent adolscent to find an independant philosophy and an indevidual prespective of her world. This novel is completely unreserved and in effect extremely upfront in its use of metaphors, and explanation of human behaivour and philisophy. Read it and be inspired
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable read, 11. Mai 2000
Very interesting and engrossing coming-of-age story. I enjoyed this quick read of a girl who struggles between what she has been taught is right and what feels is right in her heart. The characters are entertaining. I also enjoyed the creativity of the names of the chapters as Old Testament books and how they apply to what was happening in her life. I will be reading more books by Jeanette Winterson.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Understated, brilliant writing, 21. Oktober 1998
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I was charmed by this book. Ms. Winterson has written a story that is often tender, funny, wry and winsome. I am looking forward to reading more of her work and am absolutely thrilled to see that Amazon carries a videotape of the film version of this book that has received the same excellent reviews as the novel. Thank you, Ms. Winterson, for this lovely story.
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