The Passion

by Jeanette Winterson | Other |
ISBN: 0679724370 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ocgreg on 11/4/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by ocgreg on Thursday, November 04, 2004
"The Passion" is a story concerning two disparate people during Napoleon's invasion of Moscow. The first is Henri, a soldier who's almost overwhelming passion for Napoleon (bordering on obsession) and what he stands for has lead him to the cold regions of Russia. Tired of serving as Napoleon's personal servant and of the senseless battles, he decides to desert the army.

The other is Villanelle, the daughter of a Venetian boatman. After her passion for a rich woman of the city dissipates, she loses her freedom in a gambling game and finds herself being bartered to the men of the city. She escapes and makes her way to the cold Russian lands where she meets Henri. Together, they set off on the journey home. Along the way, Henri learns what price passion exacts from people as his feelings for Villanelle lead him down a treacherous path.

Full of wonderfully drawn characters, vivid descriptions, a captivating story, and even a touch of the magical, Jeannette Winterson's fine novel is definitely one worth reading.

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Journal Entry 2 by beachglass from Fresno, California USA on Monday, November 08, 2004
Just received in trade...thank you!

Journal Entry 3 by beachglass from Fresno, California USA on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
This is a beautifully written, captivating story about the human need for love and passion. Many of the passages read like poetry - one of my favorites is this - '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.'
Winterson is able to express in a beautiful combination of words what many of us feel, but cannot put into words.

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