A short summary of Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and . Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. Guardian book club: Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit uses the Bible as a source of both structure and meaning, says John.

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It’s an unpredictable telling of that age-old story of the eversad girl-meets-girl dilemma.

Why should any individual’s story matter, after all? She moves to a nearby city, but the questions plague her. When she goes as usual to collect her comic from a paper shop run by two older, unmarried women, they invite her to go with them to the seaside.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Hell, I’m related to people like this! She judged the poor for being too poor, and the rich for being too rich.

The more godly your town, the more high buildings you’d have, and the more rain you’d get. The book hasn’t changed but you did, and the experience is entirely different. She reads it aloud as she and her daughter eat bacon and eggs “nice in a way”. I don’t feel this as bildungsroman ; Jeanette travels around in her life as in a tableau vivant rather than being changed by or absorbing the world. It makes for a weird time.

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 best sauce’. 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.


The story gets its voltage from what will happen beyond its ending. Books by Jeanette Winterson. Winterson writes in her introduction to Orangesand in this semi-autobiographical novel, that’s the clincher.

Probably the 3rd option, but who cares anyway? The crafty, disjointed sentences and one line paragraphs frequently thrown to evoke emotions work well if you keep imagining the nine year old innocent kid who isn’t provided a school education, not the sixteen year old rebellion who has had lesbian sexual experiences at least twice. May 3 episodes, From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the ‘saved’, to Yes No Report this. The girls are subjected to terrible treatment to convince them to repent.

That feeling in the ensuing awkward silence?

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This is a damn good book, first class story telling that you wouldn’t expect to find in a first novel. Elsie 3 episodes, Perhaps the orajges needed more time to grow and develop, perhaps the story needed to be carried a little further.

This was an interesting book to read immediately upon finishing Beyond Belief: Only the one who knows your name.

Warm, determined, chatty, caring, giving, and willing to talk to anyone.

As this is Winterson’s first acclaimed novel, I was pleasantly surprised to find how beautiful it was. Words for every occasion.

Published August 20th by Grove Press first published Connections Featured in Breakfast: David Sedaris is a little wincey in hindsight, thw. As she goes through adolescence, she struggles to come to terms with her sexuality which is demonized by the church, and her love of God and her relationship to the religious community.


It wasn’t really my brand of comedy, I guess, but then again you should keep in mind you’re dealing with someone who is roughly one pun away from being jeaette grandpa. Without this distancing and the comic tone to leaven, it would probably be an unbearable story.

Her religious obsession gets her tagged as odd.

View all 26 comments. A novel with autobiographical elements, a pseudo-autobiography where facts are blended with fiction. But this one from is fine as “Oranges is an experimental novel,” says Jeanette Winterson in her thoroughly obnoxious introduction: We never see much of her father, but her mother is a real piece of work.

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat In the hospital, as at home, Jeanette was given oranges to keep her energy up. Small Jess 3 episodes, This involves Bible quizzes, a stint as a tambourine-playing Salvation Army officer and a future as a missionary in Africa, or some other “heathen state”.

The reason I reread this book was because I good friend learnt that this was my first book I read in English and since Winterson is her favourite author we decided for a buddy read.

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