The Passion (Contemporary classics)
8 journalers for this copy...
Kasoswife (canada, intl)
FarheenAltaf (USA, intl
olered (USA, post intl
Sidney1 (Munich, pref Europe
Tuttasb (Norway, INTL)
okyrhoe (Greece, INTL
iliotropio (Belgium, INTL) ASKED TO BE SKIPPED
chich (France, intl)
afraberg (Netherlands, intl)
Tubereader (Lux, intl) its here
starflash (uk, uk only if poss)
brunton11 (pref UK/EU can doINTL if needed)
tootshelling (Germany, intl) Its here
TonyAlmeida (Portugal, Europe)
seethroughfaith (last if poss to add to 1001 library, finland)
I'm sending this to BooksnBeer to get the bookring back up and running
Previous BCID page: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5881088
2nd Replacement copy can be found at: JE: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7114281
I hope the next reader sees something in this that I didn't. "I'm telling a story", maybe the author didn't use that phase enough for me.
I have the next address and will be sending it on this weekend.
Mailed it today to Olered.
In 1985 Jeanette Winterson won the Whitbread Award for best first fiction for the semi-autobiographical Oranges are not the Only Fruit, an often wry exploration of lesbian possibility bumping up against evangelical fanaticism. She was 25. Two years later, The Passion, her third novel, appeared, the fantastical tale of Henri--Napoleon's cook--and Villanelle, a Venetian gondolier's daughter who has webbed feet (previously an all-male attribute), works as a croupier, picks pockets, cross-dresses and literally loses her heart to a beautiful woman. Written in a lyrical and jolting combination of fairy-tale diction and rhythm and the staccato, the book would be a risky proposition in lesser hands. Winterson has said that she wanted to look at people's need to worship and examine what happens to young men in militaristic societies. The question was, how to do so without being polemical and didactic? Only she could have come up with such an exquisite answer. In the end, Henri, incarcerated on an island of madmen, becomes aware that his passion, "even though she could never return it, showed me the difference between inventing a lover and falling in love. The one is about you, the other about someone else." --Amazon.com
Winner of the 1987 John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize, this psychological fantasy is about two disillusioned young people who seek to revive their former passions. The book is concerned with gambling, madness and androgynous sexuality amidst the dark, deceptive canals of Venice.
The writer seems to be in love with certain phrases such as “somewhere between fear and sex passion is” and “you play, you win, you play, you lose, you play”. She makes her characters repeat them regularly, which I find a little tiring (banging home a message). There are a couple of interesting historic facts (the vivandières) and philosophical points (Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness). For me the best sentence is: “Hopeless heart (…) that longs for certainty, fidelity, compassion and plays roulette with anything precious.” And if I get one good sentence out of a book it was already worth reading! So thank you, katrinat, for organising the ring!
Have asked for Tuttasb's address.
Update Dec 8: iliotropio asked to be skipped, contacting chich now.
I agree with Sidney1, I wish there was more depth to the characters. Henri and Villanelle didn't have a life of their own, their supposed first-person narration came out as if they were actually mouthpieces for phrases and remarks belonging to someone else (the author?).
In the Villanelle sections one can rationalize this through the theme of life as a card game & one's fate being dealt by the hand of a higher power. In the Henri sections though, I understood the theme as the absence of divine design.
At the novel's end, it wasn't clear whether the contradiction between these views is resolved.
Thanks anyway for sharing katrinat!
afraberg asked to be skipped so I'll be sending this book to tubereader.
Thanks katrinat for sharing and chich for sending it to me!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Forgot this book in an airplane, hopefully it will find a loving home!
I have bought a replacement copy for this book and it is now under this JE: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7114281