Started during a sleepless night.
Read 66 pages out of 120. I have found no reason to keep on going even if there are less than 60 left.
Easy reading, but nothing special, some names of musicians, poets, writers, scattered around just to give an impression of culture, some fables I did not really catch the purpose.
In the 80’ an Adopted English girl has brought up by a fanatic Church follower mother who thinks she will become a missionary. A lot of weird characters’ around, among them a lesbian couple who run a newsagent’s shop where the girl at 7 is forbidden to go. As a teen the girl falls in love with
ps It seems that in Italy this book had a greater success than in UK, and strangely the literally translation of the title is “there aren’t any oranges”. Probably the translator rewrote it. ;)
Jeanette Winterson has a very intriguing style; here it's a sort of blend of satire and fable or fairy tale, even. It's kind of a strange little novel, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was very impressed, considering this is her debut novel. I didn't like it quite as much as The Passion, by the same author, but I would still definitely recommend it....Continua
Storia dell'infanzia di una bambina adottata, di una madre fanatica religiosa dalla quale è difficile staccarsi, di un padre assente e di una "zia", unico punto di riferimento. Un po' di humor britannico - bellissimo il racconto delle esperienze scolastiche di una bambina cresciuta a Bibbia e inni religiosi - ma discontinuo nello stile, che passa dall'ironia alla riflessione all'allegoria in modo un po' troppo brusco. Pur riconoscendogli delle qualità non mi ha entusiasmato....Continua
I enjoy this novel very much, especially the first 2/3. Witty, perceptive, funny and, most important of all, tender. Surely Winterson is very good at laying bare the ironies of the church, especially when the church members are serious about what we consider to be weird. My favorite part is when Elsie and "Jeanette" work out their Bible-themed homework. Her attempts to sew "THE SUMMER IS ENDED AND WE ARE NOT YET SAVED" is simply hilarious. Nevertheless, Winterson does more than just ridicule, and "Jeanette's" emotional tie to the church is indeed deeper. Her friendship with Elsie marks one of the most moving passages to me. While Christianity and church usually falls as stereotypes of The Source of Oppression in queer lit, I think her representation of the church is emotionally sophisticated and, perhaps, ambivalent. (Ruth: "I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don't think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their nature betray.")
One thing that fascinates me a lot is the parallel between "Jeanette" the follower of her fundamentalist church who receives discrimination in school and "Jeanette" the lesbian who gets kicked off by her church. This arrangement is smart, I have to say. While radical Christians are the ones who are most vocal against the LBGT communities, perhaps they share similar life experiences with the LBGT communities in being unfriended, isolated and considered anomalous by the society. It's just, poor Jeanette, she has to undergo the painful process twice.
The ending weakens a bit to me. It seems that something is missing between her escape from home and her return home years later on Xmas. The chivalric allegory does tell something, but is still not very satisfying. That's why I deduct 0.5 star....Continua