Lighthousekeeping Lighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal part pirate an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr Pew the mysterious and miraculously ol

Lighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal, part pirate , an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of a lighthouse on the Scottish coast Pew tells Silver stories of Babel Dark, a nineteenth century clergyman Dark lived two lives a public one mired in darknLighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal, part pirate , an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of a lighthouse on the Scottish coast Pew tells Silver stories of Babel Dark, a nineteenth century clergyman Dark lived two lives a public one mired in darkness and deceit and a private one bathed in the light of passionate love For Silver, Dark s life becomes a map through her own darkness, into her own story, and, finally, into love.One of the most original and extraordinary writers of her generation, Jeanette Winterson has created a modern fable about the transformative power of storytelling.

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  1. 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 assistant editor at Pandora Press.One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Jeanette Winterson was named as one of the 20 Best of Young British Writers in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council Her novels include Boating for Beginners 1985 , published shortly after Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and described by the author as a comic book with pictures The Passion 1987 , twin narratives following the adventures of the web footed daughter of a Venetian gondolier and Napoleon s chicken chef Sexing the Cherry 1989 , an invented world set during the English Civil War featuring the fabulous Dog Woman and the orphan she raises and three books exploring triangular relationships, gender and formal experimentation Written on the Body 1992 , Art and Lies 1994 and Gut Symmetries 1997 She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The World and Other Places 1998 , and a book of essays about art and culture, Art Objects, published in 1995 Her novel The PowerBook 2000 she adapted for the National Theatre in 2002 Jeanette Winterson s work is published in 28 countries Her latest novel is The Battle of the Sun 2009 She has also edited Midsummer Nights 2009 , a collection of stories inspired by opera, by contemporary writers, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera She adapted Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for BBC television in 1990, and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC2 in 1994 She is also editor of a series of new editions of novels by Virginia Woolf published in the UK by Vintage She is a regular contributor of reviews and articles to many newspapers and journals and has a regular column published in The Guardian Her radio drama includes the play Text Message, broadcast by BBC Radio in November 2001 The King of Capri 2003 and Tanglewreck 2006 are children s stories Lighthousekeeping 2004 , centres on the orphaned heroine Silver, taken in by the keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, Mr Pew, whose stories of love and loss, passion and longing, are interwoven in the narrative Her most recent book is The Battle of the Sun 2009 Jeanette Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London In 2006, she was awarded an OBE.

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  1. Tell me a story, reader.What story About reading this book and what it means.Okay, then I will tell you about light and dark, sun and shadows, about the power of story telling in times of despair, about how two different people can inhabit the same person, like Jekyll and Hyde and about how sometimes fate throws in a curve and brings us full circle.If you have read this you will understand the above sentences, if not I ll just say, Winterson is often challenging, beautiful sentences, mixed with [...]

  2. Yesterday I finally stepped out of the enchanted circle in La Mancha where I d spent the last three weeks, and I thought about perhaps and maybe and possibly attempting to read another book, a different book, but sadly not an enchanted book because I had no such books, and I wasn t happy about that.So I picked this book My initial feeling was that there couldn t be two books as diametrically opposed as Don Quixote and Lighthousekeeping One is set in the sun filled plains of early seventeenth ce [...]

  3. An extraordinary, lyrical book that is about the power of storytelling in and about our lives Other themes are light dark blindness literal and metaphorical , outcasts, and the contrast between permanence and immobility symbolised by the lighthouse and change people and the sea.The fictional characters one of whom has strong parallels with Winterson see below have some interaction with real characters and their works Darwin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Wagner , and a broadly realistic story is sp [...]

  4. I kind of wanted to like this than I did I really love Winterson s writing, and her language here is as beautiful as ever The problem I had with the novel is that it felt that there were several stories going on here, none of which were ever fully fleshed out or made real to me I greatly enjoyed reading it, but when I finished I didn t feel like I had read a full novel instead, it felt like a series of vignettes waiting to be fleshed out.

  5. I read Lighthousekeeping thanks to a recommendation of an editor I met some time ago and I still remember when she said to me you have to read this book because it has something special that I know you ll appreciate The truth is that I had never read any of the books of Jeanette Winterson, but the words of the publisher made me feel very curious.The story caught me instantly The book was almost like a love at first sight, in which each of the pages dragged me like a giant octopus into the depths [...]

  6. really can t get enough of winterson this is a delicious little book, very easy to readi finished it in a day favorite excerpts What should I do about the wild and the tame The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home I want to be held I don t want you to come too close I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights I don t want to tell you where I am I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me I want to be with you I know that the r [...]

  7. 4 Nobody writes quite like Jeanette Winterson Even when I lose the plot literally, which I did, I enjoy reading her It s a mix of stories, and I m not sure I got all the connections I enjoyed the blend for the first three quarters of the book but seemed to drift off at the end Still, she s a 4 read 10 year old Silver and her single mum live in a house on a hillside so steep that they sleep in hammocks and eat food that will stick to the plate peas roll away forever , and they tie themselves toge [...]

  8. This is exactly the kind of morose and drilling of the fact that life is impermanent exercise that I probably dislike far than 90% of other poor writing experiments for every degree of word craft and skill in their telling.Yes, it is poetic at times and the story, when it was there or re arrived, held an interest or two But as I noted in the comment written as I approached the very end not a fan Do I lack imagination Most probably Do I like structure in a tale about tales Absolutely.She can wri [...]

  9. I am a glass man, but there is no light in me that can shine across the sea I shall lead no one home, save no lives, not even my own My second time reading Lighthousekeeping It s a beautiful quiet tale that begins in a lighthouse in Scotland, with Pew and an orphan named Silver in the 1800s Though not rich in plot, this story focuses on people and our different sides, and the stories we tell to both ourselves and each other Telling stories within a story The main story we hear from Pew is about [...]

  10. well I gave it 4 stars before I finished as I loved the way it challenges standard narrativeBUT the last 2 chapters kind of blew thatke she just chucked in a few pages from her journal so downgrading it to 3 stars.14 03 13 1 of 19 books for 10 QUOTES SPOILERS He doubted her You must never doubt the one you love.but they might not be telling you the truth.What do you mean you can t be another person s honesty, child, but you can be your own.So what should I say When When I love someone You should [...]

  11. After having finished Lighthousekeeping which I ve had recommended to me by several friends, I m left with an overall impression of vague disappointment The novel simply didn t live up to my high expectations, and I have a theory why that is The writing in this novel is absolutely impeccable Especially the first couple of chapters took my breath away, and there is no doubt that Jeanette Winterson knows her craft However, whenever I sit down to read a novel I want to be told a story that drags me [...]

  12. Without a doubt, Jeanette Winterson is one of the finest writers of contemporary literary fiction Lighthousekeeping is a story about a young orphan girl taken in by a blind and mysterious lighthouse keeper who tells stories about a 19th century clergyman who leads a double life a public one mired in darkness and deceit, and a private one bathed in the light of passionate love As I write in my own novel, The Reality of Being Lovers, Lighthousekeeping is a love story, but you don t know that until [...]

  13. I know I m currently reading 3 books already But only one of them is fiction so that s really the only one I count And it s 892 pages long I m enjoying Shadow Country, but its work to read This book is play I m not very far in Lighthousekeeping In fact I picked it up just for a little distraction from the weight of Shadow Country, just planning on reading the book jacket and putting it right back down Then I moved on to the first page My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal par [...]

  14. If you ve never read any Winterson before, this might be a good place to start, even though it s one of her most recent books It s a fairly short novel, and the text is rather spare, but Winterson is skilled at creating memorable passages with just a few words The novel encompasses several stories, opening with the tale of orphaned Silver, who is sent off to live with an old blind man named Pew in a lighthouse on the coast of northwest Scotland Pew tells Silver different tales while he teaches h [...]

  15. I loved this book perhaps because it came at a time when my head was very busy with other stuff It s a breath of salted air in your lungs If you like nice linear, predictable books with a defined structure, then this one is not for you But if you re happy to be wound in the seaweed curls of Winterson s prose poetry then this book is a delight.The version I read the Kindle edition also has some excellent interviews with the author, which are inspiring and really help to understand how she writes [...]

  16. If you tell yourself like a story, it doesn t seem so bad Of course I fell in love with this book immediately Yes I ll use the old cliche fall in love, this book gives you permission to know better and all the same keep using the word love But then I worried that it was too lovely, too tidy in its thumping end lines What saves it is its scattered form This book has to be scraps and fragments to offset its pristine, shapely sentences.Winterson is an astonishing story teller, so much so that I gre [...]

  17. Ahora s , Winterson Aunque la escritora brit nica y yo no empezamos con buen pie, La ni a del faro es un aut ntico despliegue de sensibilidad literaria y refinamiento en el arte de fabricar historias Vali ndose de una ni a hu rfana que ejerce como voz narradora, Winterson entreteje una laber ntica red de relatos en los que brilla sobre todo la reconfortante calidez de su prosa y el significado tan personal que Winterson es capaz de imprimir al lenguaje Tierna, evocadora e imbuida de una atm sfer [...]

  18. The book is about love Also change, evolution, staying the same, but mostly love The part that struck me tonight as I finished it was the Jekyll and Hyde theme in the book, so glaring to me today as the entire Spitzer drama unfolded and he resigned as the evil side was revealed In the book, Jekyll and Hyde, Dark and light are two essential parts of the same person Inseparable and not surprising they are both there The ability to tell a story is what saves people Not a surprising conclusion for a [...]

  19. Winterson writes gorgeously, and the loopy world of fable that she begins her novella in and anchors it in periodically creates a somewhat off kilter literally in the first scene, set in a house askew atmosphere that allows the reader to meditate on storytelling, memory, and intimacy without worrying so much about the literal or realistic The that the novella was in the world of Silver s childhood, filled with stories, the it satisfied me I m not sure that I was as moved by her love affair in [...]

  20. Hands down, my favorite book by Winterson The prose is so beautiful it made me giddy The first lines in the book say it all My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal part pirate I have no father The entire book reads like narrative poetry, but what I like best is it ends with love That s my kind of HEA Happily Ever After.The book is a story within a story The first tale is about Silver, living in a lighthouse with the enigmatic keeper of the lighthouse, Pew He tells Silver storie [...]

  21. The story comes together from different segments of characters lives I want to read of Winterson s writings.

  22. This is the first book of Jeanette Winterson s I ve read, and while I enjoyed it, I found, often than not, that I was devouring her language rather than the story itself It s actually two stories woven together the story of the lead character, Silver and the history of Babel Dark, a notorious figure from her seaside town I preferred the beginning of the book to its conclusion, which isn t unusual for me I could have easily read a 400 page novel just on Silver and Pew and done away with the grow [...]

  23. A beginning, a middle and an end is the proper way to tell a story But I have difficulty with that method Winterson was right to this line Time is a huge factor in the story, and Winterson has always confessed that she has no sense of it also same as to Sexing the Cherry The story follows the life of Silver, a young girl orphaned by the death of her mother, her only parent, and was taken in by Pew, the keeper of the town s lighthouse The story is beguiling in its own cryptic ways, heightened by [...]

  24. LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING was my return to Winterson s writing after a long absence This novel is uneven, but the better parts clearly demonstrate Winterson s considerable strengths as a writer hauntingly poetic prose, mesmerizing in its rhythms, and a deployment of language that is rich, deft, nuanced, but never ostentatious Winterson s themes across her whole body of work don t run broadly, but they run deep the perils attendant upon how we construct our identities what really matters in life and how [...]

  25. Jeanette Winterson came to Chicago during the tour of this book It was a very exciting reading that I will never forget I brought my books to be signed by her and she was very gracious and quite personable when it was my turn to speak to her We all must remember, myself included, that even great writers are just people underneath it all.Anyways, when I got home the first thing I did when I got home was plop down on my couch and devoured this book I was like a kid in a candy shop, I just couldn t [...]

  26. This book didn t start out as well as Sexing the Cherry, but by the end of it, I loved it So, not as strong, but still wonderful Just be patient.Both of these books are animated by Winterson s notions of the complexity of what we call reality, of the depth of what lies beneath the surface of time and the possibility that some of it isn t as deeply buried as we think I love this kind of stuff because I ve never understood why everything is so simple and so clear for most people, so mystifying to [...]

  27. God, I love Winterson so much Literally every sentence she writes is quotable This book careens out of prose and into poetry most of the time even when it doesn t, it s still beautiful.It is not a standard narrative as such, it has no real plot in the traditional sense Rather, it s a series of vignettes, really, in the life of the main character, Silver Characters appear, events happen, characters disappear, all without regard for the traditional values of a good novel.And I love it because of t [...]

  28. Necesito procesarlo para poder hablar de l Jeanette Winterson hace magia con las palabras Es uno de esos libros donde lo importante no es el qu sino el c mo C mo te lo cuenta Una historia dentro de otra historia, que a su vez guarda un sinf n de historias m s Porque la vida es eso, un mont n de historias que no tienen final Una aut ntica delicia.

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