Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

by Jeanette Winterson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099935708 Global Overview for this book
Registered by terrycub of Bristol, not specified not specified on 6/9/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by terrycub from Bristol, not specified not specified on Friday, June 9, 2006
Read this book after seeing the award winning BBC drama.

Journal Entry 2 by Vickyloo from Barry, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, June 11, 2006
Arrived by post from my lovely friend Terry! Thanks!

Journal Entry 3 by Vickyloo from Barry, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, June 16, 2006
I tried to read Written on the Body for a university module a few years ago. I found it pretentious and annoying, couldn't finish it and swore off Jeanette Winterson for good. Until I received this RABCK. Of course, I was unsure about starting it.

Read this book in about 3 days and really enjoyed it. I related to the character a lot, especially in relation to her escape from the church (although of course, my experiences were no where near as severe as hers!!)

I particularly liked the way she threw in little, unrelated stories in order to express feelings, thoughts and opinions. Some of the narration was a little tedious at times though.

One little piece that I like was a comment about history (wish I'd brought the book with me so I could quote directly). But it went something like this: History is just a piece of string full of knots. All you can do is look at it and maybe make some more knots.

Thanks for sharing Terry! I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the book yet...hmmm...I'll have to have a think about it.

Journal Entry 4 by Vickyloo from Barry, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Posting it off to Sweden today as a RABCK! Hope it is well-loved!!

Journal Entry 5 by Alvhyttan from Nora, Västmanland Sweden on Thursday, June 22, 2006
Got this book in the mail today - that was fast!
Thank you so very much Beaglesangel for sending it to me! :)
I will start reading it very soon (maybe in a few minutes).

Journal Entry 6 by Alvhyttan from Nora, Västmanland Sweden on Sunday, July 2, 2006
I really enjoyed this book! It was funny, but also tragic.
Coping with life can’t be easy after growing up in a family like the one described in this book. And in a way I felt sorry also for the mother in the book.

I’m a bit split in my feelings about if the author wants us to think that homosexuality is caused because of the environment of the childhood…… ?

This is the first book I’ve read by Jeanette Winterson. I have heard a lot about her books and I’m sure I will read some more by her.

I’m glad that there are a lot of different fruits in this world to choose from! :)

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mariabokmal Sweden
elis-fromSweden Sweden
stormon Sweden
notnot Norway
Taowaki Netherlands
azuki USA (pref. USA) <--- The book arrived to azuki and she is the last person on the list for this bookray. So azuki, when you have read it sometime in the future, please feel free to make a new bookray or release it in any other way you choose.

Journal Entry 7 by wingmariabokmalwing from Malmö, Skåne Sweden on Monday, July 17, 2006
Alvhyttan handed the book over at the first ever (?) BC-meeting in Sweden. I read it in one "sitting" on the train home, and that was the only good thing about a very hot trainjourney that seemed to take for ever (even though it was in reallity less than six hours).
I really enjoyed the book. Both the way it's written, and the story.

Will send it to elis-fromSweden when I get the address!

# 237 on the list "1001 books you must read before you die".

Journal Entry 8 by elis-fromSweden from Stenstorp, Västergötland Sweden on Sunday, July 30, 2006
I haven't read the book yet. Got it in the mail this week from mariabokmal. After I am done it will continue its way on the bookray. I wont be as fast to read it as mariabokmal, though.

Journal Entry 9 by elis-fromSweden from Stenstorp, Västergötland Sweden on Saturday, September 9, 2006
I liked the book although at times it was dificult to find the thread again if I was interrupted in my reading and had to put the book away for some time (hours, days...). I think it will stay with me for some time in my thoughts. I especially like the parallell with Winnet but some of the other extra stories was a little too much at times. I haven't seen the TV-series but would like to do so to see if they've captured the feeling of the book.

I will send this book to Stormon now hoping she will enjoy it before it keeps moving on its ray through the world.

Journal Entry 10 by stormon from Storfors, Värmland Sweden on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The book arrived today, thanks a lot!

Journal Entry 11 by stormon from Storfors, Värmland Sweden on Sunday, October 1, 2006
I liked the book very well and most of all I liked the way Jeanette managed to breake away from the "family" in order to be true to herself.

I´ll send this off to notnot and wish her happy reading.

Journal Entry 12 by notnot from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Thursday, October 5, 2006
The book arrived today. Looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 13 by notnot from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Monday, December 4, 2006
'But history is a string full of knots, the best you can do is to admire it, and maybe knot it up a bit more.'
A well-written book by a great author. A strong character standing up against her church, her mother, and the society not recognizing her. A great read.

The book continues its journey to Taowaki.

Journal Entry 14 by Taowaki on Sunday, December 10, 2006
the book arrived here yesterday, thanks terrycub and notnot. I'll read it as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 15 by Taowaki on Friday, January 5, 2007
'Oranges is a threatening novel. It exposes the sanctity of family life as something of a sham; it illustrates by example that what the church calls love is actually psychosis and it dares to suggest that what makes life difficult for homosexuals is not their perversity but other people's. Worse, it does these things with such humour and lightness that those disposed not to agree find that they do.' Jeanette Winterson

I liked the humour and lightness, indeed.
The book will continue its journey as soon as I have azuki's address.

Released 17 yrs ago (1/8/2007 UTC) at A Bookcrosser in A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases



The oranges are in the mail, to azuki in the USA

Journal Entry 17 by Azuki from Miami, Florida USA on Friday, January 19, 2007
This little book finally made it across the ocean! I have not heard of this author or the BBC series, I signed up just because of the cute title. I am glad that everybody seems to enjoy it a lot.

I was a little freaked out when I get this book, as it is the 9th bookring I received in two weeks!! So I am somewhat relieved at Alvhyttan's stress-free claim and even more relieved to find that I am the last person on the ray. Phew. So honestly I would likely not finish it in a month but finish it and pass it on I will.

Thanks Alvhyttan for sharing the book and everybody, especially Taowaki for passing it on. (and Taowaki, lovely stamps you have in Netherlands!)

Journal Entry 18 by Azuki at Miami, Florida USA on Monday, October 11, 2010
Finally read this, my oldest TBR book, yesterday in the Read-a-thon. It was a bit hard to get into at first, as the characters and style is somewhat strange. However, once I get into the swing, I enjoyed the story. I do feel though, that if I were to read this in a class I would understand and appreciate it a lot more, especially for all the folklore-style stories told with along the narration.

This will soon head to Ri who selected it from the Yummy Yummy vbb on BookObsessed.

Journal Entry 19 by Ri at Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Ooh! I love to receive well traveled bookcrossing books! Thanks, Azuki

Journal Entry 20 by Ri at Cincinnati Public Library - Deer Park Branch in Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Monday, March 18, 2013

Released 10 yrs ago (3/18/2013 UTC) at Cincinnati Public Library - Deer Park Branch in Cincinnati, Ohio USA


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