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  • Paperback
  • 167 pages
  • Sexing the Cherry
  • Jeanette Winterson
  • English
  • 24 September 2017
  • 0802135781

Sexing the Cherry❁ [EPUB] ✹ Sexing the Cherry By Jeanette Winterson ➚ – Essayreview.co.uk In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, t In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames Sexing the eBook Ñ The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, though he finds that the world s most curious oddities come from his own mind Winterson leads the reader from discussions on the nature of time to Jordan s fascination with journeys concealed within other journeys, all with a dizzying speed that shoots the reader from epiphany to shimmering epiphany.


About the Author: Jeanette Winterson

Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in Sexing the eBook Ñ 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 She graduated from St Catherine s College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora PressOne of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the s, Winterson was named as one of the Best of Young British Writers in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council She adapted Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for BBC television in and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC in She is 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 Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London Her work is published in countries.


10 thoughts on “Sexing the Cherry

  1. says:

    People will believe anything Except, it seems, the truth I am in awe of Jeanette Winterson s writing I don t know how else to put it After The Passion, I honestly thought I could not beimpressed But I think Sexing The Cherry may be even better I suspect that her short novels should be read again as soon as you have added another one to your repertoire, because there are recurring themes and fruity flavours that are definitely part of Winterson s general narrative Sexing the Che People will believe anything Except, it seems, the truth I am in awe of Jeanette Winterson s writing I don t know how else to put it After The Passion, I honestly thought I could not beimpressed But I think Sexing The Cherry may be even better I suspect that her short novels should be read again as soon as you have added another one to your repertoire, because there are recurring themes and fruity flavours that are definitely part of Winterson s general narrative Sexing the Cherry is all about the strange correlation between past, present and future, and the way human beings navigate time and space, physically and in their imagination It is about the places we really go to and the things we experience in our minds What is real What is true If I see something in my head, does that mean it has happened, even if I just imagine it And I sing of other times, when I was happy, though I know that these are figments of my mind and nowhere I have ever been But does it matter if the place cannot be mapped as long as I can still describe it Sexing the Cherry is a tale of love, crossing borders of time and space, linking people despite all odds It is a story about freedom and chains, about making choices and exploring the world outside It is harsh reality and fantastical imagination It can be interpreted in many ways and I am sure it speaks to every reader in a different way I actually happen to know that for a fact, because I had a silent co reader on the first 31 pages I bought my copy of the novel second hand, and in the margins I found comments from the previous owner, and they increasingly drove me up the walls I don t mind marking books at all I do it all the time myself, but in this case I found myself in a noisy conversation, where I tried to listen to the author and the characters, while someone else was telling me basic facts Monstrosity Well yeah, it is a giant woman No secret there Pregnancy Thanks for the clarification, I would never have guessed Gay Do you know ANYTHING about Jeanette Winterson s fiction Cross dressing A most beautiful reminiscence of Virginia Woolf s Orlando , another traveller in time and space Religion Well, see note on Gay And so on Until the comments stopped abruptly after 31 pages, leaving me to guess whether my co reader gave up or finally got sucked into the story and stopped wondering about the different topics thrown together in a creative mix.What really annoyed me was the comment next to the sentence I have seen a banana My reading partner underlined the fruit and wrote Penis Well, yes And no One of the amazing things about reading Jeanette Winterson is her magical way of describing reality She does not hide homo sexuality, religion, cross dressing or brutal violence, so I don t see why it needs to be pointed out all the time On the other hand, she gives her storylines several layers of meaning, so that the complexity of human desire and exploration is in focus, not a banal equation of word and meaning The banana in the story is so muchthan x 2 0, therefore x 2 At some point, the banana incident is explained further When I was little, my mother took me to see a great wonder It was about 1633, I think, and never before had there been a banana in England So yes, it is a phallic symbol, and Winterson does not hide that at all, but it is also a symbol for discovering things you didn t know before, things that you have access to because the world has opened up The book was written in 1989, and for parts of Europe, the banana became a symbol of free access to the world market Reading Eastern European authors of that era, you inevitably stumble upon bananas sooner or later I just got mad at the one dimensional interpretation delivered by the person reading MY copy of this beloved book before me But thanks for dumping it in a thrift store, my book budget is constantly strained Onething short of typing up the book in its entirety here, I can t give it appropriate credit that literally illustrates the multi faceted story there are little drawings at the beginning of each section, indicating who is currently telling the story Bananas and pineapples It took me a while to register that they are sometimes cut in half, and that they tell a tiny story on the side lines of the main plot if there is such a thing This is an art in itself, which I have seen most exquisitely done in Maggot Moon And just like in Maggot Moon , the art and the title make sense, but not straight away, and not without thinking for a while Won t sayabout it I would say, Winterson is a queen of her art, and a queen of the human heart I can t imagine there is a simpler way of showing how people express their love than this beautiful scene of a son leaving his tidy, orderly parents to go to the navy I eat all my peas first and this annoys them On that last day, however, when the family can t find words to express the love, and loss, and worry, he reflects I tried to leave my peas till last Nothingneeds to be said about the effort we put in to show our love, the symbolic little gestures that are only understandable if you are part of that specific unit of love.Enough said Read it if you like complex stories and many meanings, if you love poetry and truth and to travel between different times and places while staying in your reading chair If you look for literal translation of symbolic language, I guarantee you that you will be successful as well, and find at least twenty translations from metaphor to plain meaning until page 31 If you can tell me what purpose it serves I will complete the exercise for the rest of my copy Sorry, sometimes my sarcasm steals the keyboard

  2. says:

    Jeannette Winterson is one of my all time favorite writers and I m constantly recommending this slim book For what it lacks in girth, the book makes up for in substance I have neverfuriously scribbled passages down in my journal for future reference.The story itself is entertaining enough to merit the book worth a read The premise is reminiscent of a Brother s Grimm fairy tale you know, back when fairy tales were sort of dark, creepy, and a little scary, before Disney got its hands on Jeannette Winterson is one of my all time favorite writers and I m constantly recommending this slim book For what it lacks in girth, the book makes up for in substance I have neverfuriously scribbled passages down in my journal for future reference.The story itself is entertaining enough to merit the book worth a read The premise is reminiscent of a Brother s Grimm fairy tale you know, back when fairy tales were sort of dark, creepy, and a little scary, before Disney got its hands on them.But it s Winterson s introspection on love and relationships, their possibilities and their limits, conveyed deftly through her inventive fables, that make me love this book

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    Date 15 January 23rd JanuaryTime 19 00 20.15Location The BoxExcerpt from interview with P BryantDetective Munch Thing is, my literary friend, you got no proof.PB Proof Det Munch Anyone can invent an identity and claim to have read like a zillion books and then post up fake reviews Anyone I could pay 15 year olds to do it PB Well, so what That s the internet for you Who cares Det Pembleton Who cares Did you hear that John Who cares We care Let me explain a little This Good Date 15 January 23rd JanuaryTime 19 00 20.15Location The BoxExcerpt from interview with P BryantDetective Munch Thing is, my literary friend, you got no proof.PB Proof Det Munch Anyone can invent an identity and claim to have read like a zillion books and then post up fake reviews Anyone I could pay 15 year olds to do it PB Well, so what That s the internet for you Who cares Det Pembleton Who cares Did you hear that John Who cares We care Let me explain a little This Goodreads thing, it used to be nothing much, a few book geeks with no social life, who gave a tinker s damn one way or the other But now, now s different.Det Munch Now you have like 20 million people on this site Now it s big Now you get mentions in Fortune magazine You know Fortune That s like when rich people notice Have you heard of rich people Yeah When they notice, it s important.Det Pembleton So we see that you reviewed this Jeanette Winterson novel here, er, Sexing The Cherry , and awarded it a whole two stars, I mean, come on buddy, where s your proof that you even read this damn thing PB It was years ago There s no proof You just have to take my word.Det Munch As a man of honour PB Well, er, I probably wouldn t quite use those words.Det Munch Well, let s see if we can figure this thing out May I direct your attention to these three mug shots Take your time Tell us which one is Jeanette Winterson He takes photos of Jeanette Winterson, Sara Waters and Ellen Degeneres and spreads them on the table.PB Er this doesn t prove anything.Det Pembleton Not in itself Let s say it s an indicator PB stabs blindly at the photo of Ellen Degenares.Det Pembleton Did you see that, Detective Munch The interviewee has indicated the photo of Ellen Degeneres who is an American television personality and not an English novelist Det Munch I did see that, Frank I take that to be indicative.PB Anyhow, how did I get here You guys, you re Balti murder cops I seen you in that show.Det Munch We re on secondment You re right, this fake reviewing crime isn t murder except in the sense of murdering a writer s reputation with fake reviews and fake ratings and general fake fakery You do realise that your fake reviews get Google hits This is not some nerdy game This is real life PB The last thing I remember I was at home I heard a hissing noise it was a kind of gas coming through my front door keyhole and I woke up here I ve read about this this is called extraordinary rendition Det Pembleton Well, could be extraordinary to you, but not to us Come on, let s quit the amusing back and forth did you really read this novel PB Yes Years ago Det Munch And what did you think of it PB It was weird and phantasmagorical Det Munch Much like her other one The Passion which you also read PB Yes no yes Different But similar Oh, I don t know.Det Pembleton John, let s leave Mr Bryant to think things over for a minute or so They leave The Box and join the Goodreads editorial staff who have been observing the interview through the two way mirror Det Pembleton He ll break They all do, eventually

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved this book At the level of plot, we read about a gigantic woman who finds a small boy, Jordan, on the banks of the Thames in London in the 17th century She raises this boy and watches him grow to develop a passion for boats, sailing, and exploring, knowing that she will lose him to his passions, and knowing that he will lose his heart to a woman who will not return his love At the core of this novel, though, are metaphysical and philosophical explorations both for us as readers, and a I loved this book At the level of plot, we read about a gigantic woman who finds a small boy, Jordan, on the banks of the Thames in London in the 17th century She raises this boy and watches him grow to develop a passion for boats, sailing, and exploring, knowing that she will lose him to his passions, and knowing that he will lose his heart to a woman who will not return his love At the core of this novel, though, are metaphysical and philosophical explorations both for us as readers, and also for Jordan as an explorer Winterson sets out two ideas that guide the metaphysical inquiry of the novel in a brief preface that all time might exist simultaneously without the traditional divisions of past, present, and future, and that matter is largely empty space and points of light And so even though Jordan travels the world, he comes to realize that the true journeys are inward, into our own minds and our own hearts Along with these post modern ideas that undercut traditional, rationalist notions of the truth of the world, we also explore the bafflingly complex affairs of the heart Is it possible to find true love in a world where matter and time do not exist as we have previously believed them to Was it ever possible to find true love Does it even matter Is it possible to findafulfilling life exploring oursolitary desires According to one of the most well received portions of this novel according to many of the Goodreads reviews I perused , The Story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, it seems clear that traditional love existing in marital life is largely a fiction Instead, these women find fulfillment in a lifestylefitting to their hearts and ultimately, living together than the arranged marriages they lived in briefly as young women And their individual stories bear this out All were slightly touched by magic elegant dancers because they were born with the capability to fly, and were finally able to find their own joy, rather than live in a world that sought to restrict the natural, magical freedom of their hearts and their bodies.Yet the characters in this novel still seem to desire love, as I believe we all do Jordan s mother doesn t seem to have given up believing in it, though she is never able to find a suitable male companion Jordan, after meeting his love one night, and without even speaking to her at dinner, searches the world to find her again He does finds her, but like Artemis on her island the myth of she and Orion, slightly re imagined here by Winterson , needs no man She has found peace in her own life, and sends Jordan back upon his way with a necklace and a kiss Damn I feel him, there He spends the rest of his life exploring the world, and when he lands in London, he has been gone for 13 years He reunites with his mother, but it is clear that he still thinks of Fortunata, the object of his heart s longing.In this case, the epic journey narrative is somewhat inverted And Winterson s characters reflect on this over the course of the novel, as well Rather than the heroic, man s man fulfilling his hearts desire to explore the world and find adventure while his beautiful wife and loving children send him off tearfully and wait for his return, Jordan issensitivein touch with his feminine side, if you will He only loves one woman, and she does not want him the way he wants her Further, he considers that for all his traveling, the journeys of the world are not worththan the explorations of the mind, and that thehe journeys he took, theof the world there was, and themystery crept into his mind And in this novel, we see three travelers in this novel who seem slightly unsatisfied, who seem always to be searching As such, this idea recurs Jordan postulates that in travel we are really searching for ourselves, and that finally, this can be accomplished living in a muddy hut, and raising dogs in the bank of the Thames In fact, his gargantuan and endearingly murderous and grotesque mother to whom he returns after his journey , seems to have a much better grasp of who she is than almost anyone I know, and to find peace in it Many in her situation would find only depression, but she raises fighting dogs, and lives life as she pleases She seems to hope for love, and companionship, but also seems to find peace in its absence.This book is fantastically imaginative, and at moments reminds me of Italo Calvino s Invisible Cities in fact, strikingly so in Jordan s description of some of the places that he visits The humor and grittiness of the plot, as well as the insightful explorations of time, space, matter, meaning, love, and life make this short novel as rewarding as it is dense, while still effortless to read.This book leaves mepeaceful in the face of complexity in the world I do not think I ascribe to fairytale notions of love or what sort of life I ought to lead, and this book makes me feel better about that I feel confident that finding ones self is the true task in life, whether that takes us around the world, or occupies our hours in the same place for a lifetime, and that the attendant chaos is to be welcomed And while our passions are worthy indulgences, we should also know that our passions for others are bound to be temporary and somewhat tragic for that is their nature, and we should only accept it as part of our larger journey to discover self, unexpectedly, in a garden somewhere or on a mountain watching the rain

  5. says:

    Once I stood in a museum looking at a painting hanging on the wall It had all the components of a painting the canvas, lines and squiggles rendered in pencil, the artist s signature, and some blotches of color here and there I read the review on the little plaque next to it which described what it was made of, its post modern symbolism, it s meaning I didn t see that at all.Another time I put on a CD to listen to It had all the components of music instruments, notes, pauses, a musician Once I stood in a museum looking at a painting hanging on the wall It had all the components of a painting the canvas, lines and squiggles rendered in pencil, the artist s signature, and some blotches of color here and there I read the review on the little plaque next to it which described what it was made of, its post modern symbolism, it s meaning I didn t see that at all.Another time I put on a CD to listen to It had all the components of music instruments, notes, pauses, a musician behind the scenes who determined how the people playing the instruments were to perform I read the review on the back of the CD case which described the musicians, their instruments, its post modern interpretation and why it was supposed to be musical I didn t hear that at all.Today I finished reading a book It had all the components of a work of fiction characters, words, sentences, descriptions of places and ideas and things I read the blurbs on the back of the book, the reviews here at Goodreads and on , online on blogs and forums, and even what the author herself said about her post modern piece of literature I tried to understand why people liked it, but somehow nobody ever said why, only that they did Nobody could even tell me what it all meant They could only describe the component parts I didn t get it at all.All of these beautiful works of art I just mentioned remind me of a good wine People go on and on about the bouquet, the subtleties, the nuances, and the vast depth of flavor, the slight hints of this and that At the end of the day, what they re describing is rotten grapes I kind of feel that way about this book

  6. says:

    A very rewarding reading experience My favorite quote The Buddhists say there are 149 ways to God I m not looking for God, only for myself, and that is farcomplicated God has had a great deal written about Him nothing has been written about me God is bigger, like my mother, easier to find, even in the dark I could be anywhere, and since I can t describe myself I can t ask for help.

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    I had sex with a man once in and out A soundtrack of grunts and a big sigh at the end This being the third book I ve read by Winterson, I ve concluded that she is certainly not the average writer She s incredibly unique, and there is an oddity in her works Winterson is an acquired taste, but she s definitely my taste This book is set in England, and the story jumps back and forth in time During this, we meet various characters I think the dog woman has to be my favourite Weaved expert I had sex with a man once in and out A soundtrack of grunts and a big sigh at the end This being the third book I ve read by Winterson, I ve concluded that she is certainly not the average writer She s incredibly unique, and there is an oddity in her works Winterson is an acquired taste, but she s definitely my taste This book is set in England, and the story jumps back and forth in time During this, we meet various characters I think the dog woman has to be my favourite Weaved expertly throughout the story, are other known characters from various fairy tales and myths Doing this definitely worked, and I think it helped support the main story rather well The narration jumps fairly fast to one character to the next, so therefore to understand what s potentially going on, one must pay close attention I found myself confused at various moments in the book.The book is all based around love It involves characters that cannot express the love that is controlling them, and eventually leading down the path of heartbreak.There is a hilarious scene nearing the end, where the dog woman recalls when she slept with a man Based on the fact the dog woman is a fairly large woman, the man complains in great vulgarity, that she is just too big downstairs to satisfy him It s amusing as the dog woman hasn t a clue what he s referring to Before I finish this, I must say how much I fucking rate the dog woman She s a force to be reckoned with, she s strong and powerful and doesn t give one singular shit about what society make of her Isn t that how we all should be

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    I may come back later and bump this up to 5 stars I really enjoyed the story and Winterson s gorgeous writing.Well, describing this one is going to take some doing .Set in England, the story jumps back and forth between the 1600s and the 1990s or thereabouts We see moments in the lives of various characters the Dog Woman, a coarse giant of a woman who is continually reforming her murderous ways Jordan, her son, who she found floating in the Thames Nicholas Jordan, a naval cadet as I may come back later and bump this up to 5 stars I really enjoyed the story and Winterson s gorgeous writing.Well, describing this one is going to take some doing .Set in England, the story jumps back and forth between the 1600s and the 1990s or thereabouts We see moments in the lives of various characters the Dog Woman, a coarse giant of a woman who is continually reforming her murderous ways Jordan, her son, who she found floating in the Thames Nicholas Jordan, a naval cadet as well as various characters from myths and fairy tales.The story is structured so that it moves back and forth through time, sometimes with the characters meeting and interacting in ways that would be impossible in reality The narrative skips from one person to the next, and the reader needs to pay close attention in order to tell which character is narrating.The main themes seem to be time and love there is a lot of heartbreak in this book, people who are unable to express the love they feel, as well as people who turn their backs on the love they ve been given.From the book As I drew my ship out of London I knew I would never go there again For a time I felt only sadness, and then, for no reason, I was filled with hope The future lies ahead like a glittering city, but like the cities of the desert disappears when approached In certain lights it is easy to see the towers and the domes, even the people going to and fro We speak of it with longing and with love The future. But the city is a fake The future and the present and the past exist only in our minds, and from a distance the borders of each shrink and fade like the borders of hostile countries seen from a floating city in the sky The river runs from one country to another without stopping And even the most solid of things and the most real, the best loved and the well known, are only hand shadows on the wall Empty space and points of light.My favorite character not just here, but in all of the recent books I ve read is the Dog Woman She is so authentically herself, even though she is completely aware of being unlike anyone else She isn t ashamed of her massive size she views herself as strong and powerful There is a funny scene towards the end of the book where she relates the only time she slept with a man it s vulgar and hysterical, especially because she finds herself bemused by the man s assertion that she is just too LARGE to her, she is exactly the right size and she has absolutely no idea what he s talking about.Highly recommend

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    I have lost count of the times I ve read this book by now, but I first read it as part of a paper on post war postmodern British literature, and thought and thought and thought about what the wartime experience of PTSD and reliving trauma opened up for people writers in terms of Time and contemplation insert nod to Kurt Vonnegut here.Jeannette Winterson s idea of Time in this book is what truly makes itSexing The Cherryis about the way we do and do not experience time as clock or as I have lost count of the times I ve read this book by now, but I first read it as part of a paper on post war postmodern British literature, and thought and thought and thought about what the wartime experience of PTSD and reliving trauma opened up for people writers in terms of Time and contemplation insert nod to Kurt Vonnegut here.Jeannette Winterson s idea of Time in this book is what truly makes itSexing The Cherryis about the way we do and do not experience time as clock or as heartbeat, as day or as dream, as linear or as the air over a pool of water that is past, present and future all at once In the simplest of terms, this book is about a pineapple and a banana Even when it s not, the fruits are a big part of how this book uses them to represent people and slice time But on another level, it is about how we represent a graft between this world and all the countless others that we may not live but do inhabit, or remember, or instantly recognise Set between the reign of Charles I and the present,Sexing The Cherryis a journey through the minds of Jordan named and fished out of a river and a woman whom we call the Dog Woman , his Royalist mother In this journey, we navigate through time, love, the fairytale, and beyond This is an immensely funny book, a child of imagination, often literalising metaphors to tell a story be it the story of words floating in the air, of the hanging of the King, or of Jordan s quest to find Fortunata who is both the dancer he s looking for and the dancing part of himself Midway through the book, as time starts to converge, what a reader may experience is a jolt nothing short of magic Winterson in this book also concocts a lovely ode to literature and feminism which for much of history have been at loggerheads, given the male gaze telling the tales of the Twelve Dancing Princesses from their own mouths, giving them autonomy and a woman s take on Byron, Browning, Coleridge and the Brothers Grimm There is also Jordan s cross dress and space time travel in a brothel, a beautiful ode to Woolf s Orlando I specifically loved the character of the Dog Woman as she is in the 21st century, and how Winterson exhibits through her the rage, body dysmorphia and ecological concern that her 17th century counterpart, the mountain she is, may or may not exhibit or even possess They are both, in their own ways, trying to save the world or their world, whichever it is they prefer to inhabit.I also enjoyed how this book took on the idea of love, be it of self or its extensions in other people After all, in the end, all of our characters are one, and communication is equally important between the Dog Woman and Jordan as it is between their own selves Winterson seems almost to affirm that in matters of love, we can never know because wefeel Perhaps this review is a great injustice to the marvel thatSexing The Cherryis Despite how different it is toOranges Are Not The Only Fruitand of Winterson s other works, I d say it s the most realist of them all I truly, wholly adore this book I was hooked on to every line on every single page, and all the space between them too In many, often paradoxical ways,reading it gives youtime than not reading

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    Sometimes I think I would like to write a letter of thanks to Jeanette Winterson The letter would go something like this, Thank you, Ms Winterson, for being so magical Thank you for holding on to the play of childhood and mingling it with a breadth of creative intelligence I never knew existed Thank you for reading as much as you do and for deploying history in new and invigorating ways Thank you for playing with your narratives, changing your characters into hyperboles of their human selv Sometimes I think I would like to write a letter of thanks to Jeanette Winterson The letter would go something like this, Thank you, Ms Winterson, for being so magical Thank you for holding on to the play of childhood and mingling it with a breadth of creative intelligence I never knew existed Thank you for reading as much as you do and for deploying history in new and invigorating ways Thank you for playing with your narratives, changing your characters into hyperboles of their human selves, and ducking back into reality with the seamlessness of silk Thank you for writing Please writeI ll read every word

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