Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

by Jeanette Winterson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by cassandra1123 of Arlington, Virginia USA on 7/9/2002
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Journal Entry 1 by cassandra1123 from Arlington, Virginia USA on Tuesday, July 09, 2002
Every time I go into a second-hand bookstore and see this on the shelves, I just have to buy it and pass it on to someone else. The story is of a girl adopted by Evangelicalists in England; problems arise when the girl (and her church) finds out that she likes girls. However, this book is much more than a coming-out-to-oneself novel (which is why I didn't put it in the Gay & Lesbian category). It's about that tricky relationship between mother and daughter, asserting independence while simultaneously somewhat agreeing with what your parents' taught you. It's about looking for answers. Some may find the novel difficult, in that there are parables (not related to the primary plot) interspersed through the book.

Journal Entry 2 by cassandra1123 at The Common Ground (Coffee Shop) in Arlington, Virginia USA on Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Released on Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at The Common Ground (Coffee Shop) in Arlington, Virginia USA.

Journal Entry 3 by Roguester from Arlington, Virginia USA on Sunday, July 28, 2002
The religious themes in the book are presented in a number of ways. The author clearly likes the gospels, because the book if full of unresolved parables. The author see life more as a tangle of twine than a long straight road. Life is a journey in search of something unreachable, with little chance of resolution. The paradise of childhood is lost, never to be recovered. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, but now . . .
The book is also full of confused adults with differing narrow views of life. But, not all accept that they are confused.
In many ways, this is the story of my childhood, even though I'm straight and was raised in America.
I think this book wants to travel. I'll have to release it where that is more likely. But where does it want to go?

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