Sexing the Cherry

by Jeanette Winterson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0679733167 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ChiBoiler of Chicago, Illinois USA on 8/25/2007
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13 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ChiBoiler from Chicago, Illinois USA on Saturday, August 25, 2007
This is a part of the 1001 Books you must read before you die list which I am slowly working my way through.

I am not sure how to even describe this book. It is a mix of different things: fairy tale, history, and who knows what else. It left me with the overall impression that the author definitely has some issues...

I didn't love it, but for once - I didn't hate a book on the 1001 list.

Journal Entry 2 by ChiBoiler at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Meet-up, Rabck in Chicago, Illinois USA on Saturday, September 29, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (9/29/2007 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Meet-up, Rabck in Chicago, Illinois USA

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Journal Entry 3 by angela861 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Sunday, September 30, 2007
TBR

Journal Entry 4 by angela861 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Friday, October 26, 2007
I'm still trying to figure this one out... I don't know what to say except that I didn't hate it.

Will give to a friend working her way through the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.

Journal Entry 5 by angela861 at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Meet-up, Rabck in Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (11/3/2007 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Meet-up, Rabck in Chicago, Illinois USA

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This book was returned so I passed it to a fellow Book Crosser.

Journal Entry 6 by Gayle62 from Crown Point, Indiana USA on Sunday, November 11, 2007
Will read it soon.

Journal Entry 7 by Gayle62 from Crown Point, Indiana USA on Monday, December 24, 2007
Glad I am finished reading this book altho there were parts that I liked - the subtle humor especially.

Journal Entry 8 by Gayle62 at Controlled Release to Fellow Bookcrosser in Crown Point, Indiana USA on Monday, December 24, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (12/24/2007 UTC) at Controlled Release to Fellow Bookcrosser in Crown Point, Indiana USA

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Journal Entry 9 by ChiBoiler from Chicago, Illinois USA on Saturday, December 29, 2007
This book is back with me...I am going to offer it up as a bookray to all the 1001 book readers and anyone else who may be interested.

How the bookray works (I've borrowed the rules from others):

- The person before you will PM you for your address, please PM them back with your address
- Please make a journal entry once you've received the book
- Please put the book at the top of your TBR pile but under other rings/rays that arrived first
- Read the book (take your time and enjoy the book, try to finish it within one month
- When you are close to the end, refer to the journal and PM the next person to get their address
- Once you finish the book, make another journal entry and let us know what you thought
- Please send the book to the next person on the list using surface mail, make release notes to help track
- If you are the last person please release it into the wild or another bookring/ray (or keep it if you love it!)... Happy Reading!!

Participants:

1. ariesgirl29 (US - open to ship)
2. hetku77 (Finland - open to ship)
3. rapturina (Netherlands - open to ship)
4. CaterinaAnna (UK - open to ship)
5. ekandra (UK - open to ship)
6. scrutiny (Hong Kong - open to ship)
7. cat207 (Australia - prefers aus, but open)
8. shelly-sparkles (Australia)

This ray has reached it's final destination! Thank you all for participating.

Journal Entry 10 by ChiBoiler from Chicago, Illinois USA on Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Sent the book out today to ariesgirl29. Per the post office, it should be there in 2-5 days!

Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 11 by ariesgirl29 on Sunday, January 13, 2008
Just got Saturday's mail and this was waiting for me! I am reading a bookring right now but will read this one next - thanks for including me!

Journal Entry 12 by ariesgirl29 on Thursday, January 31, 2008
On its way to hetku77 - enjoy!

Journal Entry 13 by winghetku77wing from Nokia, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, February 18, 2008
18.2. The book arrived by mail last week. Thank you, ariesgirl29! It'll be next book in my TBR-pile.

16.3. I finished the book yesterday. Even it wasn't that long, I just didn't have to sit down and read it for long periods of time. Some one earlier was trying to find right word to decribe the book, and in my opinion historical fantasy might be something rather close what the book was about.

When I first started reading the book, it turned out to be rather hard to figure out. I thought it was because I was reading it in English, not in my native language. But then I peeked what others had written about the book earlier, and I noticed I certainly wasn't the only one. I don't know quite what to say about the book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Even "like" would be too strong word. At least the story was rather short, as if it had been something like 300 pages, I'm quite sure I wouldn't have finished it. I wonder what were the reasonings why this book was chosen to 1001 list? It left me rather puzzled and wondering what the author was after when she wrote it.

I mailed the book to rapturina earlier today.

Journal Entry 14 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, March 21, 2008
It's here! Thanks for sending, hetku77!

Journal Entry 15 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, March 29, 2008
I finished reading this yesterday and I'm still trying to figure out what the book was actually about... :D It seems more like a collection of short stories, fairytales and random scenes than really a coherent novel. I did enjoy large parts of it, actually, especially as it was really quite funny at times. I especially enjoyed the stories about the twelve dancing princesses and the one about the town outlawing love. But I still don't really get the point of this book! Interestingly enough, I've recently also read "Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit" by the same author, and even though it is way more of a coherent story, I kept having the idea I was missing the point. So I suppose this is just Winterson's style. :D

I have CaterinaAnna's address and will send the book on sometime this week.

Journal Entry 16 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, April 12, 2008
I sent the book on to CaterinaAnna this morning, sorry for the slight delay! Happy travels!

Journal Entry 17 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, April 27, 2008
Arrived safely in Coventry, thank you rapturina.
Due to start Amsterdam this evening, this is next up after it, so it should be on its way fairly soon.

Journal Entry 18 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I didn't need to read Amsterdam: I read it earlier in the year and didn't remember until I read the blurb.

I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, given the comments above and my vague memories of Oranges ... being a bit of a rant. However I enjoyed the interweaving of the journeys, the fantastic and historical. It was easy and stimulating to read, with lots of ideas as well as lots of stories. My favourite ideas were those of the city that has to be cleansed of words on pages 11-13 and an internal rate of conductivity determining how we experience time (100-101), but maybe the latter is just the physicist in me.

Thank you ChiBoiler and those who have helped the book on its way to me.

I have ekandra's address from another recent ring, so I'll get this on its way to her in my next parcelling session.

Journal Entry 19 by Caterinaanna at Northampton, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 26, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (5/26/2008 UTC) at Northampton, Northamptonshire United Kingdom

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Going in the post today - not that they'll collect it until tomorrow!

Journal Entry 20 by Paws4Books from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, May 29, 2008
Will be moving this ray on straight away - i purchased a copy of the book that i spotted in Oxfam recently and will be reading that one so i don't hold up the ray.

Released 12 yrs ago (5/31/2008 UTC) at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Journal Entry 22 by scrutiny on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Arrived! It's been with me about a week but I was sick so didn't journal. Will get a move on!

Journal Entry 23 by scrutiny on Monday, August 25, 2008
I tried but I couldn't get into it, so I am passing it on to the next user. Am PMing and it will be in the mail the moment I get the address!

Journal Entry 24 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Arrived in today's mail. Thank you scrutiny, and ChiBoiler for sharing. X

Journal Entry 25 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Saturday, September 20, 2008
I thought this was delightful. I mostly enjoyed the individual stories of the twelve princesses.

Will get this in tomorrow's mail to shelly-sparkles.

Journal Entry 26 by Shelly-Sparkles on Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Arrived in the mail today from a fellow Aussie.
Am in the middle of The Clan of the Cave Bear at present so will endevour to read this next.

Thank you
Happy Days
Michelle

Journal Entry 27 by Shelly-Sparkles at Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, March 30, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (3/30/2009 UTC) at Brisbane, Queensland Australia

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I could not get into this author's writing style. I did try. A few times actually but just could not get it. It now goes to Briz Cowgirl to see if she can make heads or tails of this book.

Journal Entry 28 by briz-cowgirl from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Received from Shelly-Sparkles today, thank you! I've started reading this straight away, with plans to wild release it or RABCK it on my upcoming overseas holiday...

Journal Entry 29 by briz-cowgirl from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Thursday, April 16, 2009
I really didn't know what to make of this book at all. I read the glowing reviews on the back cover from The New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, etc and thought I must have been reading another book entirely. Such a mixture of tales and characters. I did quite like the story of the dancing princesses, but the rest really didn't thrill me. Thankfully it was fairly short at 167 pages! At least I can cross another book off the 1001 Books You Must Read list...
Readerofmany would like to read this too, so I will be posting it to her shortly. Thanks Shelly-Sparkles for sending it to me!

Journal Entry 30 by briz-cowgirl at Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Thursday, April 16, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (4/16/2009 UTC) at Brisbane, Queensland Australia

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Sending this copy along to readerofmany, hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 31 by readerofmany from Lockington, Victoria Australia on Monday, April 20, 2009
Just received this from briz-cowgirl today, thank you! I will start reading it today. I am quite interested to see what it is like given the mix of reviews on it! I will probably release it at my local business centre unless I receive a request for it.

Journal Entry 32 by readerofmany from Lockington, Victoria Australia on Monday, April 27, 2009
As on the back cover, Sexing the Cherry successfully 'fuses history, fairy tale, and metafiction into a fruit...of a memorably startling flavor.'-The New York Times Book Review
I was attracted to the title which was explained in the book in gardening terms. I found Sexing the Cherry both disturbing and yet so mesmerising as to stop me from putting it down for long. I will probably release it at the local business centre unless I have a request for it beforehand.

Journal Entry 33 by readerofmany at Lockington, Victoria Australia on Thursday, May 07, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (5/8/2009 UTC) at Lockington, Victoria Australia

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I am releasing this book today at the business centre to be picked up and read by another reader. Enjoy!

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