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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AfterI also spent a few years living in Manchester and the atmosphere, the landscapes, the whole feeling of suburban life in Northern England was more vivid to winnterson and it was as if I was there.

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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 reb 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.

Before Winterson graduated from Oxford and began to teach writing at the University of Manchester, she was practically illiterate – home-schooled by her mother, and her education, limited to religious texts.

Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in I’m just California like that.

Anyone who strays from the path of virtue can find forgiveness for succumbing to temptations of the Devil. If the servants hadn’t rushed in and parted us, I might have been disappointed, might have snatched off the white samite to find a bowl of soup. Lawrence’s Paul Morel walks quickly towards the town; Joyce’s Stephen Dedalus leaves for inspiring exile. It’s funny, it’s intriguing, it’s chock full of interesting asides and observations, and it’s all kinds of awesome.


The main character is a young girl named Jeanette, who is adopted by evangelists from the Elim Pentecostal Church. For her second chapter, which she calls Exodus after the Book of Exodus, Jeanette’s mother is forced into putting Jeanette into a school – literally, a movement from homeschooling to regular schooling.

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Green 3 episodes, That Jeanette become a missionary. The plethora of Bible allusions, for which the novel won many accolades, obviously weren’t obvious to me, and so I think I miss Prose style: All a bit portentously groanworthy. We wintersoon see much of her father, but her mother is a real piece of work.

My rating should really be a 2. Because oranges are the only fruit. TV adapters worry more than novelists about whether their fictions might seem true, and in the BBC dramatisation of Jeanette Winterson’s novel its young protagonist was named “Jess”. Jan 10, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Like all such stories, it concludes with all the world before it.

As an adolescent, Jeanette finds herself attracted to another girl, and her mother’s group of religious friends subject her and her partner to exorcisms. It’s a sad little story, and one that was easy to breeze through. 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.

In the hospital, as at home, Jeanette was given oranges to keep her energy up. But cough cough, this is a memoir, really. Just, it’s not a positive kind of strong.

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Why did I think this book was about incest? She and Melanie consummate their affection via the Good Book. Since I was born I had assumed that the world ran on very simple lines, like a larger version of our church. Instead it was held as a beacon.

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Her religious obsession gets her tagged as odd. Sometimes, it actually is funny. Now, 9 years later, more mature in English and in reading all kinds, genres, lengths of books; I was positive and confident that this time around, reading Oranges would be a success, and it was. Retrieved 26 December Elise was lovable, despite all. The novel may be a story of self-liberation for a secular age, but it recalls a traditional sense that a person’s story is made significant by reference to the Bible.

Open Preview See a Problem? I can only assume that if it was, it wasn’t then glued satisfactorily back ate to his corpse, and moved to a higher plain aka shelf which is what happened to the statue. My needlework teacher suffered from a problem of vision.

I miss God who was my friend. Jeanette passes them, points them out, sails on. She talks about how she was groomed to be a missionary, and how that was the only life she knew. German and French have many more names jeanettte English for the different types of novel. Probably the 3rd option, but who cares anyway? Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit — 7. It built an empire and kept people where they belong, in the bright realm of the wallet.

Is this the way it was originally printed? I found this book completely baffling from beginning to end.