Summer Reading: Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson

What better way to pass the humid days than with the tale of two lovers travelling by foot from snowy Moscow to the waterways of Venice?

In her 1987 novel, The Passion, author Jeanette Winterson shares such special moments in prose as:

They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?

Heralded as a remarkable writer of our time, she has also penned the novels: Gut Symmetries, Art and Lies, Art Objects, Written on the Body, Sexing the Cherry, and  Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. 

The Passion is a novel about *passion* and obsession.

Reading while taking breaks between making, Winterson shares this wisdom with her readers:

You play, you win. You play, you lose. You play. The end of every game is anti-climax. What you thought you would feel you don’t feel, what you thought was so important isn’t any more. It’s the game that’s exciting.

YOLO, no?

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

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One Response to “Summer Reading: Jeanette Winterson”
  1. jordanrockford says:

    One of my all-time favorite passages in literature, from Sexing the Cherry:

    ‘Time has no meaning, space and place have no meaning, on this journey. All spaces can be inhabited, all places visited. In a single day the mind can make a millpond of the oceans. Some people who have never crossed the land they were born on have travelled all over the world. The journey is not linear, it is always back and forth, denying the calendar, the wrinkles and lines of the body. The self is not contained in any moment or any place, but it is only in the intersection of moment and place that the self might, for a moment, be seen vanishing through a door, which disappears at once.’

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