Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit This startling novel describes the adolescence of a ferociously bright and rebellious orphan adopted into a Pentecostal household in the dour industrial Midlands and her coming to terms with her unor

This startling novel describes the adolescence of a ferociously bright and rebellious orphan adopted into a Pentecostal household in the dour, industrial Midlands and her coming to terms with her unorthodox sexuality.

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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. favorite excerpts 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 very nature betray I miss God who was my friend I don t even know if God exists, but I do know that if God is your emotional role model, very few human relationships will match up to it As it is, 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 eve [...]


  2. I tried to write this review eight minutes before I was supposed to go to work I did not meet the deadline I only mention this so I can make sure you know what quality shit you re getting when you shop here My reviews occasionally take longer than eight minutes to compose.Though much, much better than my miserable first experience with Winterson, I am still unsure about her after reading this, still plagued by minor annoyances As with that other one, this book is riddled with what it seems to th [...]


  3. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a compelling novel about a young woman dealing with the pressures of conformity in a world that demands she be something she is not Jeanette is gay The world she has known, the world of the church, shuns such behaviour She was raised to be a missionary by her extremely controlling and zealous mother Her path was laid out before her And Jeanette was relatively obedient to begin with She was ready to accept this life of servitude to God She didn t know any differe [...]


  4. I seriously had no idea that this year I would read 2 lesbian books 4 gay ones The Line of Beauty, The Mad Man, On the Road, of course let us not forget The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn It s an obscure genre, if you ask me Tipping the Velvet was disappointingly bland, although racy in parts and historically accurate, but it still felt a tad conventional This, Winterson s first uber acclaimed novella, is philosophical and entertaining and funny, part autobiography and part soaring flight of fan [...]


  5. A delicious fruit bowl.Funny, clever, poetic, quirky, creative well written bittersweet story Jeannette s innocence was so realher heart pure A terrific inspiring small book Amazing how humor and witty charm can transform sensitive situations Thanks Cecily


  6. A quirky and warm hearted tale of a girl, Jeanette, growing up in an evangelical household in England with a goal for her to become a missionary She is well behaved, a true believer comfortable with this goal She feels love from her mother, with a lively relationship often lifted with humor and a sense of virtue from righteous community minded spirit Anyone who strays from the path of virtue can find forgiveness for succumbing to temptations of the Devil Her mother works as an administrative ass [...]


  7. When I was a child, I had found a pair of gloves in the middle of the street in my cul de sac They were black and worn with a little embroidered heart at each wrist I slipped them on and flexed my fingers, amazed at how nicely they fit I took them home and put them in my sock drawer, only taking them out on Thursdays for my bike ride down the street to piano lessons.This book is exactly like those gloves I found this book while on a field trip for pre college English class, crammed in backward o [...]


  8. Thinly veiled memoir of the author s youth growing up with a religous nutter of a mother and a father whose character was subsumed entirely by his monster of a wife s.I don t know why some girls become lesbians, presumably most are just made that way, but I do think some become that way through choice In the book its almost as if there was one thing calculated to offend the mother and the entire community of zealots as a mortal sin, but not offend anyone else in the world, the only possible rebe [...]


  9. Rating 5 of fiveThe Book Description Jeanette, the protagonist of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and the author s namesake, has issues unnatural ones her adopted mam thinks she s the Chosen one from God she s beginning to fancy girls and an orange demon keeps popping into her psyche Already Jeanette Winterson s semi autobiographical first novel is not your typical coming of age tale Brought up in a working class Pentecostal family, up North, Jeanette follows the path her Mam has set for her This [...]


  10. 4.5 Read and reviewed February 9, 2017 UPDATE I listened to an absolutely delightful 2016 podcast of Richard Fidler s conversation with Winterson where she openly discusses her childhood, family, and upbringing There seems to be no bitterness, rather a lot of humour and understanding Have a listen I love hearing her talk anyway It s here abc local stories 2 This book of fiction won the Whitbread Award now the Costa for first novel, but it appears to be an autobiographical memoir, judging by what [...]


  11. I ve heard that her recent take on the same material Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal is even better If that s true, I m in for a truly superlative treat, because I loved this book to the bones I want to read it again and again to savour its sweet delights.Maybe Laura Doan s essay Sexing the Postmodern , about Winterson s work and theme development over this and two subsequent novels The Passion and Sexing the Cherry gave me a hunger to read this that made it taste so good hunger is the be [...]


  12. THIS IS A NUMBERS GAMEAccording to my shelf, I have read 490 novels If Joyce Carol Oates, Marcel Proust and William Gass have anything to do with it, I ll never make 500 But I want to see that magic number 500 there I want to be able to say I have read 500 novels, hear me roar So, I m eating up SHORT novels like a madman right now, never mind the quality, feel the pages 300 Too long 250 Still too long Oranges is short and sweet really, short and bittersweet It was drop dead fabulous from page on [...]


  13. This story is about a young lesbian girl, trying to navigate her way through a family, a background, and an era that refuses to recognize her, refuses to recognize her sexual identity and accept her as she is Adopted, raised in a strict, religious household by a mother who was severe and domineering, this novel is partly autobiographical This is a damn good book, first class story telling that you wouldn t expect to find in a first novel Four solid stars.


  14. I ll give this book a 3 orange rating the little mandarin ones though, not the big California navels mmmmm oranges youtube watch v XUym7n Oranges is a coming of age tale of a young woman in Britain raised by a Very Religious adopted mother The chapters are aptly titled after books of the Old Testament Genesis through Ruth Winterson tells the story of Jeanette by juxtaposing myths and fairy tales with the life events of the protagonist No, I m not talking about Biblical stories, I mean actual myt [...]


  15. You need a lot of patience for Jeanette Winterson s weird little Beowulfesque tangents, but if you can get past that, there are little gems of brilliant clarity scattered throughout.For me, this bit redeems all the boring parts But where was God now, with heaven full of astronauts, and the Lord overthrown 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 very nature betray I miss God who was my friend [...]


  16. I found this book completely baffling from beginning to end I couldn t tell if it was because I wasn t raised religious, I wasn t raised in England, or because I wasn t raised by lunatics I felt that something had been utterly lost in translation.Sometimes I got the impression that the author had been issued a challenge to write sentences that no one in human history had ever written before I started keeping a notebook of the strangest sentences A few gems Our crocodile weaved in and out, ruinin [...]


  17. Oranges are not the only fruit, a book ruined by its author And well, itself When I began reading it for the first time, I enjoyed it Jeanette was a witty character, though a tad hard to relate to, and her life as a girl trying to break free of a small town is a story many of us can understand.What hurt the book for me was its pretence, emphasised in Winterson s ludicrously self gratifying introduction It is difficult, for someone used to the modest comments of authors such as Woolf I have my h [...]


  18. Oranges is an experimental novel, says Jeanette Winterson in her thoroughly obnoxious introduction its interests are anti linearYou can read in spirals It s nothing of the sort It s a standard semi autobiographical coming of age story, interspersed with some sort of Arthurian malarkey.Coming out stories from the 80s and 90s aren t aging terribly well they re too specifically grounded in that period David Sedaris is a little wincey in hindsight, too But this one from 1985 is fine as they go The c [...]


  19. Semi autobiographical tale of adopted Jess growing up in an austere evangelical family, rebelling religiously, socially and sexually as she tries to find her way in life Seemed quite scandalous when I first read it, but much sadder and touching now For the truer, grittier, analytical version, see Why be happy when you can be normal review show.There also seem to be significant autobiographical aspects to Lighthousekeeping , as explained in my review review show


  20. This was an interesting book to read immediately upon finishing Beyond Belief My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape here is another book about a different but socially accepted religion and the difficulties the narrator had within the confines of such.I have not read Winterson before I know, I know, that s crazy talk, I call myself a feminist and I read women authors and I ve never read Jeanette Winterson Why did I think this book was about incest This book is not about inces [...]


  21. Prose style 3Plot 3Depth of characters 3Overall sense of aesthetic 3 Originality 3Entertaining 3Emotional Reaction 2Intellectual Stimulation 1Social Relevance 5Writerly Inspiration 2Memorable 1Average 2.6 5 the rating system is borrowed fromStephen M Ratings are a bit harsh, given that I read it on and off and always found difficult to connect instantly The plethora of Bible allusions, for which the novel won many accolades, obviously weren t obvious to me, and so I think I missed the most cleve [...]


  22. Parliamoci chiaro, l edizione veramente bella copertina meravigliosa, come ogni Mondadori curata, ma da un idea completamente sbagliata al lettore di turno Pone il focus, come si vede dalla citazione dietro la copertina, sulle relazioni omosessuali di Jeanette, quando non affatto il punto della faccenda Mi chiedo perch gli italiani hanno sempre problemi su questo fronte, faranno i finti tonti apposta La Winterson vuole focalizzarsi sul rapporto con sua madre, su una fanatica religiosa che non ac [...]


  23. I ve been meaning to read this book for years The wonderful first third of the book had me completely hooked I loved her writing style, and I found her narrator very engaging But, somewhere in the second third of the book, the story dropped off for me The relationships that were supposed to be profound were lost in a writing style that felt less like quirky prose and like the ramblings of a crazy person New characters were introduced and never fleshed out, and old characters were so similar to [...]


  24. For a book that is essentially autobiographical fiction, this was a truly depressing tale Winterson s retelling of her childhood and her discovery of her own sexuality was at times frustrating, upsetting, and laughable I generally found the sections on Jeanette s character interesting, but what irritated me about this book were the little stories that broke up some of the chapters At times I didn t really understand the purpose of including them, and I felt it took me away from the central plot [...]


  25. I first discovered Jeanette Winterson this december, when i read her Christmas Stories It prompted me to read her debut Oranges are not the only fruit When in her Christmas Stories she writes about Mrs Winterson her mother and dad, this book somewhat explains why Although not entirely.Oranges are not the only fruit is about Jeanette Wintersons childhood Which was very uncommon She was an orphan and was adopted bij the Wintersons Not because her mother could not conceive, but because she did not [...]



  26. This coming of age story about a teenage girl discovering that she is a lesbian is a literary gem worth reading This will make the readers understand what s going on inside the mind of a teenager confused about his or her sexuality.Just like Francoise Sagan, French, who was 17 when she wrote her first hit novel, Bonjour Tristesse, Jeanette Winterson, British, wrote this phenomenal book Oranges Are Not The Only Fruitsat a tender age of 24 The only difference is that Sagan was not able to duplicat [...]


  27. Oranges are not the only fruit is a beautifully told story about a young girl, Jeanette, coming to terms with her sexuality in a Pentecostal community Each chapter title is taken from the old testament, and so the story begins with Genesis Jeanette s adoption is depicted like a scene from the nativity, as her mother followed a star until it came to settle above an orphanage, and in that place was a crib, and in that crib was a child The young Jeanette is not allowed to attend school as it is a b [...]


  28. I heard Janette Winterson interviewed on CBC radio last month and knew immediately that I would track down this fictionalized memoir and also her account of growing up with her ultra religious mother, Mrs Winterson, in her book Why be Happy When you Could be Normal Adopted into a nuttily religious household and finding in adolescence that she is lesbian, I had to know how she coped and how she came to a place where she could tell the interviewer that Mrs Winterson was probably the perfect mother [...]


  29. I hated this book, but let me first tell you why it earnt that star At the very start of this edition, the author if i remember correctly, it could be someone else asked to comment on her work clearly states that this book is not and was never intended to be a run of the mill teenage christianity vs sexuality novel Oh the irony That s PRECISELY what this book is Utterly uninspiring, so awfully generic, plainly writtendreadful, in a word Even the random, nonsensical snippets dotted throughout the [...]


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