Sunday, 6 November 2011

Why be happy when you could be normal? - Jeannette Winterson

This is not a review for the book, as I haven't read it yet, but I simply HAD to share, because I'm so excited! I was intrigued by Winterson's Powerbook, and her last book seems even more promising. The Times published a review last week (it goes without saying it was a glowing one!), and the Sunday Times have posted a short video of Ms Winterson talking about the book and her life (the book is more or less her memoirs), which unfortunately cannot post here since it is members-only, and I can't find it on Youtube.

Rich in autobiographical details, the book is about Winterson, being young and feeling unloved, living with her  very conservative, violent, and depressed mother (in the video she describes how she expected to be murdered by her mother who kept a revolver and bullets in her dust drawer) who prayed to God to let her (adopted) daughter die and locked her out of the house for the night. Of course, you will not be surprised to know that she also threw her out of the house when, at 16, Winterson fell in love with another girl.

With brave and honest descriptions of her difficult upbringing, particularly concerning her sexuality, Winterson still manages to keep a humorous tone, making it a must-read tragic-comic tale.


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