The Passion

The Passion Jeanette Winterson s novels have established her as one of the most important young writers in world literature The Passion is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work a modern classic that confirms he

Jeanette Winterson s novels have established her as one of the most important young writers in world literature The Passion is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, The Passion intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people Henri, a simple French sJeanette Winterson s novels have established her as one of the most important young writers in world literature The Passion is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, The Passion intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people Henri, a simple French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin and Villanelle, the red haired, web footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart In Venice s compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny.In her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream, and imagination to weave a hypnotic tale with stunning effects.

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  1. Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in 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 1985 She graduated from St Catherine s College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora Press.One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Jeanette Winterson was named as one of the 20 Best of Young British Writers in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council Her novels include Boating for Beginners 1985 , published shortly after Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and described by the author as a comic book with pictures The Passion 1987 , twin narratives following the adventures of the web footed daughter of a Venetian gondolier and Napoleon s chicken chef Sexing the Cherry 1989 , an invented world set during the English Civil War featuring the fabulous Dog Woman and the orphan she raises and three books exploring triangular relationships, gender and formal experimentation Written on the Body 1992 , Art and Lies 1994 and Gut Symmetries 1997 She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The World and Other Places 1998 , and a book of essays about art and culture, Art Objects, published in 1995 Her novel The PowerBook 2000 she adapted for the National Theatre in 2002 Jeanette Winterson s work is published in 28 countries Her latest novel is The Battle of the Sun 2009 She has also edited Midsummer Nights 2009 , a collection of stories inspired by opera, by contemporary writers, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera She adapted Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for BBC television in 1990, and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC2 in 1994 She is also 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 2001 The King of Capri 2003 and Tanglewreck 2006 are children s stories Lighthousekeeping 2004 , centres on the orphaned heroine Silver, taken in by the keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, Mr Pew, whose stories of love and loss, passion and longing, are interwoven in the narrative Her most recent book is The Battle of the Sun 2009 Jeanette Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London In 2006, she was awarded an OBE.

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  1. Lovers are not at their best when it matters Mouths dry up, palms sweat, conversation flags, and all the time the heart is threatening to fly from the body once and for all Lovers have been known to have heart attacks Lovers drink too much from nervousness and cannot perform They eat too little and faint during their fervently wished consummation They do not stroke the favored cat and their face paint comes loose This is not all Whatever you have set store by, your dress, your dinner, your poetr [...]

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  3. There is little I can say about this book that does not border on gushing, but I ll try The Passion is perhaps one of the most amazing stories I have ever read It is not so much a novel as a journey through the mind and soul of Henri and Villanelle, through the real and ephemeral Venice, through history and imagination While containing a solid narrative, it delves into the psyche and spirit of the writer and her characters Read it once and you are trapped Read it twice and you gladly relinquish [...]

  4. Jeanette Winterson pops up from time to time on BBC political debate programmes and she is like a laser beam of sensibleness, from a decidedly rad lesbian perspective she cuts through the waffle and she s a joy to hear, Germaine Greer s punkier young sister maybe But in her books she goes off on one, to coin a British phrase to go off on one Brit colloq to suddenly become very angry and start shouting or behaving violently, as inHe went off on one because he thought I was threatening his dogJW d [...]

  5. Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness We gamble Some do it at the gaming table, some do not You play, you win, you play, you lose You play Jeanette Winterson is one of those authors I am constantly surprised at The Passion is my favourite so far update before reading Sexing the Cherry, which is even fascinating There is something magical in her way of weaving the stories of her characters, and showing different angles of the central theme passion I do generally not like h [...]

  6. To my surprise I m kind of disappointed in it The New York Times review of it says that it dares you to laugh and stares you down Unfortunately, I m just laughing She s trying so hard to be profound with these statements, and 9 out of 10 times it doesn t quite work The book is filled with cliches and trite conclusions that are just so hackneyed actual example death and darkness are like each otherwow Have you noticed that Her attempt to be Marquez fails quite badly, unfortunately I am okay with [...]

  7. Somewhere between fear and sex passion is.This short novel packs in so much beauty in the intersecting stories of French soldier Henri and daughter of a Venetian boatman, Villanelle Winterson is a sage, a poet, with each scene, each paragraph containing gorgeous words about love, and the gamble of life and choices made.Set in the times of the Napoleonic wars, Henri was selected by Bonaparte himself to prepare and serve his nightly chicken He did this with devotion, and saw horrific death, suffer [...]

  8. A magical book The story of the French country boy Henri who was personally picked by Napoleon Bonaparte to be his special chicken cook and Villanelle, the adventurous red haired daughter of a Venetian boatsman whose feet are webbed, but she cannot swim They escape Napoleon s army at the siege of Moscow and make their way to Venice where they meet their separate fates It is wonderful to see Venice through the eyes of Henri, who gets lost for days on end and is almost convinced that the churches [...]

  9. I don t even know where to begin with this, so I ll likely keep it brief Basically all I can say is that Jeanette Winterson is officially my next obsession, that I m absolutely thrilled that my adviser recommended her to me, and that this is one of the most invigorating novels I ve read in a long time Winterson reminds me a bit of Angela Carter here not that they write in the same way, but in that they use magic and intertextuality in similar ways, and that each have a very blunt aesthetic that [...]

  10. I was not sure where this book was headed when I began, and I m not sure where I landed at the end, but I do know I enjoyed the journey This is only my second Jeanette Winterson book, and the first one was Christmas themed short stories I enjoyed it enough to look for , and picked this one up at a used book sale In this novel, you simply ride along on a river of magical prose until, every page or two, you hit the rapids with an awesome sentence or idea that whirls you around and leaves you breat [...]

  11. 4.5 starsWow Talk about amazing writing This book was deep, the writing was amazing and I loved how much it made me think So, so good

  12. After reading all the glowing reviews and then tackling the book for myself, I felt kind of like the child that wonders why the emperor has no clothes on Everyone else can see the elaborate costume, why can t I Usually I can understand the love of a critically acclaimed book even if it s not my cup of tea but the writing in The Passion is something I just can t get past This is an entire book of life changing ponders like Is every snowflake different No one knows, and repetitions of other brilli [...]

  13. There s something exhilarating about reading your favourite author s earlier books you don t look for flaws in the young writer s work, you see the beginning and the possibilities, and you now know where everything is coming from all those later books that you ve fallen in love with from the very first pages Jeanette Winterson is one of my most read and reread authors if we re not counting that one YA Fantasy writer that I m complete trash for The Passion is quite an emotional read and although [...]

  14. I loved this book It s not long, and it s an easy read you don t need to be a literary critic to enjoy it , but the style and world are so marvellous, I wanted to linger There is history and love, but it s not a historical romance In spite of some magical realism, it s not really a fantasy either In those days, unusual or exceptional talents may have been attributed to magic, so the lines between what s supposed to be real and what the characters have imagined are pretty blurry It s the very ear [...]

  15. 2 stars for the phantasmagorical imagery and the story 1 star for the beautifully done ending and the immensely quotable lines on love and passion the writer seems to have clumsily crammed in to the narrative in the last few pages.

  16. Somewhere between fear and sex passion is Passion is not so much an emotion as a destiny This is only my second Jeanette Winterson novel, and holy shit, she did not disappoint.This is a short read, but as I was devouring this book, it felt quite a bit longer.The Passion, follows two protagonists in their search for love and passion That sounds pretty dull right Wrong Winterson s writing style is captivating and unique, and it s not alike to anything I ve read before She explores gender, sexualit [...]

  17. The Passion follows two major protagonists, a Frenchmen in love with Bonaparte and a Venetian with webbed feet and a stolen heart, as they wander through life seeking passion and love The novel is exquisitely written and while chunks of it felt heavier then necessary, the language itself is too beautiful to ignore It has an alluring sense of calm that draws the reader into the streets of Europe and even though it barely 200 pages, the historic setting felt truly authentic even when it s really n [...]

  18. This is a short story, that packs quite a lot in We have some history of Napoleonic times, alongside romance and adventure It s sort of War and Peace meets Tipping the Velvet, so if that sounds like your sort of story, give it a try.

  19. This was one of the first books I read in 2016, but it s endured as one of the very best This was also my introduction to Jeanette Winterson s writing and made me want to read everything she s ever written It s beautifully crafted historical fiction that follows a young man who joins Napoleon s army and a bisexual Venetian woman, both becoming entrenched in different types of passion that may or may not consume their lives It s about the nature of love and obsession, and it s heartbreaking yet b [...]

  20. I am so glad I re read this book I scored it 3 stars in 1993, but absolutely loved it this time around so 5 stars from me.

  21. Jeanette Winterson has done it again I continue to be impressed the I immerse myself in her works This is my fourth book of hers and she is slowly climbing up the ladder to my list of favorite authors To say that I am completely astonished and mesmerized with The Passion would be an understatement I am blown away Its surrealistic, portable, and mythical sense of narrative create a world I find myself deeply invested in I do not know a lot about the Napoleonic wars and gambling nor am I familiar [...]

  22. 3.5 5So this one had its good and its bad, places where the unconventional prose worked beautifully and other places where it ran off the tracks Now, this kind of historical fiction, filled with magical descriptions of far off places that are so much engaging than real life, was my all consuming love during my high school years I have returned to this genre with many books under my belt, and a much critical eye for faults.The author enjoys her meaningful phrases, which were strewn about the p [...]

  23. Three stars for the story, plus an extra star for originality and outstanding writing If you like quirky, give this little book a try It s only 160 pages It s an odd combination of historical fiction, magical realism, and humor, with some unconventional romantic elements tying it all together.Henri is a cook soldier for Napoleon Bonaparte Villanelle is a bi sexual, web footed yes, web footed boatman s daughter in Venice She has some mystical powers and a penchant for gambling Circumstances event [...]

  24. I read several books a week and seldom share with because I feel private about my reading But this slim book by Jeanette Winterson makes me want to shout out to readers everywhere, This is special This is superlative magical realism Read it Get your hands on a copy and read it now

  25. I think now that being free is not being powerful or rich or well regarded or without obligations but being able to love To love someone else enough to forget about yourself even for one moment is to be free.

  26. 5 5 I m telling you stories Trust meHow does one begin to review a tremendous piece of art Where does one start from A brief synopsis A general praise for the wonderful and the evocative The commendable characterisation, the enriched setting or the overwhelmed throbbing of heart the book leaves the reader with Shall I commence with this story s grandeur, the marvellous pace which kept me at the edge of my hypothetical seat, unable to put it down, fearful of losing the moment which grasped all my [...]

  27. Another very peculiar book from Jeanette Winterson I didn t enjoy this one quite as much as previous offerings but it s short, highly imaginative and full of passion, both of the good and the bad kind The two main characters are suitably unusual we have Henri, a simple French lad, who joined up with Napoleons army because he fell in love with Napoleon He didn t make it into battle though, he ended up cooking chickens for the great man throughout all of his time in the military Once Henri decides [...]

  28. Set in Venice You know, not enough books are set in Venice.Quotations How is it that one day life is orderly and you are content, a little cynical perhaps but on the whole just so, and then without warning you find the solid floor is a trapdoor and you are now in another place whose geography is uncertain and whose customs are strange pg 68 Passion will not be commanded It is no genie to grant us three wishes when we let it loose It commands us and very rarely in the way we would choose pg 144 W [...]

  29. Parts of this unusual read are dark fairy tales, parts are fantasy I can not even approach conjuring with any sincerity an honest review of the scenes of violence, love, need, meals and fantasy as make up The Passion.It is almost like a series of unbelieveable disconnected vignettes that the reader visits through a common hallway I can t describe it except for to say that it is sort of like ifGabriel Garcia Marquez had an older sister who went on tour with the GratefulDead and heard these storie [...]

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