Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Book - 2014
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Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2014
Copyright Date: ©1985
ISBN: 9780099598183
0099598183
Characteristics: xvi, 224 pages

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mayorofxixax
Jun 12, 2019

It is a coming-of-age story about a lesbian girl who grows up in an English Pentecostal community. Key themes of the book include transition from youth to adulthood, complex family relationships, same-sex relationships, and religion.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 05, 2019

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, the very first novel written by Jeanette Winterson, is based on the author's own life. The story is about a homosexual girl's growth in a catholic family with an extremely religious mother, and her process of looking for who she is and what she really wants. I think the most powerful part of the story is when Jeanette's "unnatural" relationship was found out for the first time, which forces people to reflect whether it's fair to separate them by the name of "unnatural" or not. Everything the girls feel are just the same as what all the couples feel, and when the authorities of the church believe that hey can't love a person of the same gender and love the god at the same time, they really do that. This novel conveys some very profound and subtle thoughts through random stories, which are actually related to the original plots.
Rate: 3.8. @Rocksy of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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4catsdogs
Apr 26, 2015

The book had great possibilities, but the I found the writing pretentious and self-indulgent. The story was all over the place, interspersed with excerpts from fairy tales. The book was cumbersome and difficult to read. The narrator came across as detached and I was unable to get any sense of her inner feelings, drives or hopes. A disappointing read.

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Hedgehog_200
Apr 28, 2014

My husband returned Oranges are not the only fruit to the White Rock Library, by mistake. I hope it will turn up soon at Semi. Dorothy Beavington

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nhoj
Dec 06, 2013

Not as interesting as her 2011 book although more highly praised. Her life growing up in England was bizarre. Her freakishly religous mother was worse than any fundamentalist parent. too make it worse she outed herself as a lesbian in her teenage years which ostracized her. It's amazing she became a highly competent author. Most people would crack under such oppresion and religous persecution.

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Cecilturtle
May 20, 2013

This short novel is a marvelous mix of poetry, humour and drama. Winterson weaves images in her plot in a subtle and alluring fashion, punctuating her story with tales and fantasy.
I loved the way that Jeanette, an unquestioning little girl, living in a world of fire and brimstone, slowly discovers the world on her own terms, forging herself a strong and indomitable persona, which will have her both cast out and reborn.
The humour, however, is what makes this novel exceptional: it could have been a dark tale of rejection and close-mindedness, but the quirky, and rather generous, tone turns it into a likable, forgiving story.

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cwright75
Jun 08, 2012

The unknownness of my needs frightens me. I do now know how huge they are, or how high they are, I only know that they are not being met. If you want to find out the circumference of an oil drop, you can use lycopodium powder. That’s what I’ll find. A tub of lycopodium powder, and I will sprinkle it on to my needs and find out how large they are. Then when I meet someone I can write up the experiment and show them what they have to take on.

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beckylunatic
Feb 02, 2012

I can't settle, I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and know that love is as strong as death, and be on my side for ever and ever. I want someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me. There are many forms of love and affection, some people can spend their whole lives together without knowing each other's names. Naming is a difficult and time-consuming process; it concerns essences, and it means power. But on the wild nights who can call you home? Only the one who knows your name.

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cwright75
Jun 08, 2012

cwright75 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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