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Publisher: Vintage Books , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title This is a love story and, like all Winterson's novels, a philosophical meditation, this time on the body: as the repository for our emotions and souls. From the Back Cover : "Winterson displays awe-inspiring control over her materials - over language - and a gift for the most searing insights into human nature.

Buy New View Book. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Vintage, Softcover. Knopf, Hardcover. Knopf, Softcover. Search for all books with this author and title. It punched hard, but was shot through with love. Definitely the right book at the right time for me. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. Love belongs to itself, deaf to pleading and unmoved by violence. Love is not something you can negotiate. Love is the one thing stronger than desire and the only proper reason to resist temptation.

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It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. Only this: neglect. There is truth in that, touched on repeatedly here.

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We all exchange things for sex and love: our motives are mixed and rarely pure. And the promises of marriage can be hard to keep. You deciphered me and now I am plain to read. If not the proper then the inevitable? I need not have feared. It is everything and nothing - interpret as you like. I could quote the whole closing paragraph, without fear of spoilers. In her brilliant autobiography, Why be Happy when you Could be Normal? Both books contain all three. It made work for her daughter. They very rarely know why they are miserable. I envied the French stick.

I watched her break and butter each piece, soak it slowly in her bowl, let it float, grow heavy and fat, sink under the deep red weight and then be resurrected to the glorious pleasure of her teeth… I will taste you if only through your cooking. View all 31 comments. Jul 23, Robin rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary-fiction , , novella , english. Jeanette Winterson impressed me last year when I read her magical tale of historical fiction, The Passion. Her poetic, interior style really resonated with me. Her work lays deep in the physical heart while also sparkling on an ethereal plane.

This book knocked me out. Her sheer artistry had me in admiration. A bit slack-jawed, actually. For example, the main character is not only nameless I've seen that before but is an 'every-person': Winterson doesn't tell us if they are male or female.

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Quit Jeanette Winterson impressed me last year when I read her magical tale of historical fiction, The Passion. Quite a feat for a book replete with sensual body worshipping between lovers. The effect is powerful - the reader can put themselves in the place of the narrator, or insert whatever gender they see, it being secondary to the train wreck of LOVE that takes centre stage.


Our main character has fallen in love with a woman, who is married to a man. The first part of this book is about their affair. Brace yourself. It is full of scalding truths about love, marriage and infidelity. There is much talk about love, and not all of it is corsets, sunsets and long stemmed roses. Marriage is the flimsiest weapon against desire. You may as well take a pop-gun to a python. The next part of the book is an anatomical ode to the body of the beloved. The skin, the bones, the cavities, the senses, they have affected the narrator in a manner just as profound as any other quality that inspires love.

It's hard to know whether it's love that imprints on the body, or the body that sears its own tattoo on the soul of the person who loves them. Perhaps it is both. It is poetic, lyrical, and philosophical, but there's just the right amount of story to carry you along to the end, which, incidentally, I thought was perfect. Nail me to you. I will ride you like a nightmare. You are the winged horse Pegasus who would not be saddled. View all 30 comments.

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Mar 10, Jenn ifer rated it really liked it Shelves: xx , own , brits , my-reviews-that-dont-suck , read-in The scar on her elbow from when she tripped over the curb, the chip in his tooth from when he fell from his skateboard… that tiny birthmark behind her knee. Each mark tells a story. Knowing the story brings you closer. The burn mark on her hand from when she touched the hot stove… the freckles that dot the small of his back and look like Orion… that little heart on her hip that few people know about… the fillings in his mouth that you scan with your tongue… So many things that happened before you met are imprinted on her body to form a thousand memories.

As you begin a life together, you become a part of those stories. I would gladly have traded the blood in my body for half a pint of vegetable stock. Let me be diced carrot, vermicelli, just so that you will take me in your mouth.

So often love stories are trite and sugary and predictable. It was magical.