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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985)

por Jeanette Winterson

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Fiction. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:The New York Times??bestselling author's Whitbread Prize??winning debut??"Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel" (The Washington Post Book World).

When it first appeared, Jeanette Winterson's extraordinary debut novel received unanimous international praise, including the prestigious Whitbread Prize for best first fiction. Winterson went on to fulfill that promise, producing some of the most dazzling fiction and nonfiction of the past decade, including her celebrated memoir Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?. Now required reading in contemporary literature, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a funny, poignant exploration of a young girl's adolescence.

Jeanette is a bright and rebellious orphan who is adopted into an evangelical household in the dour, industrial North of England and finds herself embroidering grim religious mottoes and shaking her little tambourine for Jesus. But as this budding missionary comes of age, and comes to terms with her unorthodox sexuality, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household dissolves. Jeanette's insistence on listening to truths of her own heart and mind??and on reporting them with wit and passion??makes for an unforgettable chronicle of an eccentric, moving passage into adulthood.

"If Flannery O'Connor and Rita Mae Brown had collaborated on the coming-out story of a young British girl in the 1960s, maybe they would have approached the quirky and subtle hilarity of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical first novel. . . . Winterson's voice, with its idiosyncratic wit and sensitivity, is one you've never heard before." ??… (más)
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I hated this book. Winterson says that linear narrative is passe and now one needs to write non-linearly. I beg to disagree. Trying to read this was like wading through muck. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
Re-read 2024 for my OU course and I'm adding a star, as I liked it much better this time around. I think the bits I wanted to be stated in a more clear cut fashion on a first read are in fact presented as the protagonist feeling her way and at times believing two things at once. I didn't actually skip the fairy tale sections this time around, but I do wish they had been shorter.

2014: I found it hard to read this as fiction, since it is (I understand) closely based on the author's own experiences. The first third was a very amusing account of Jeanette's childhood with a father who barely existed in the text and a mother whose focus is the mission field and who has adopted Jeanette to prepare her for becoming a missionary herself. The tone is one of dry detachment, which works well for stories such as Jeanette going deaf and her mother assuming she is instead having a deep religious experience, Jeanette failing to fit in at school, her mother's attitude to Next Door etc.

Then Jeanette gets older and I found it hard to work out what she really thought about the church. She becomes a preacher and evangelist in her local community at around the same time that she is discovering she is a lesbian and starts having relationships with girls. There is no exploration of whether Jeanette struggled with what the bible has to say about this - she just repeats "to the pure, all things are pure".

Her first relationship is discovered, her mother and pastor sweep in and try to exorcise her and this is described in the same detached way. Jeanette talks to different coloured demons and gives in as it is easier. She goes back to preaching (really?) and, in what I think is a truly excellent section, breaks with the church when her mother blames Jeanette's sexuality on the fact that women have had inappropriately prominent roles in their church, which should have been reserved for men.

The final chapter, which shows Jeanette returning home for Christmas after living away for a few years contains no resolution. Her mother has not changed, Jeanette has not changed, you have to read really carefully to work out that her father is still on the scene. It is not clear how her mother has decided to let Jeanette even enter the house.

I was disappointed with this book. I tried really hard for the first few "fairy tale" sections to work out how they related to the main story; by the end I was skipping them. ( )
  pgchuis | Apr 4, 2024 |
Non ci sono solo le arance è il libro che dovete leggere se non siete convintə del potere delle storie. Si tratta di un romanzo autobiografico dove Winterson racconta della sua esperienza di ragazza lesbica cresciuta in una famiglia (e in una comunità) pentecostale e sottoposta al feroce bigottismo della madre. Per sapere cosa c’è di vero e cosa di rielaborato, vi consiglio poi la lettura di Perché essere felice quando puoi essere normale? che io da brava rincoglionita ha letto per primo, perdendomi tutti i riferimenti a Non ci sono solo le arance.

Purtroppo molta dell’omofobia raccontata in questo romanzo è accaduta davvero, ma non è l’aspetto si cui si focalizza Winterson. O meglio, certamente occupa una parte importante in Non ci sono solo le arance, ma il focus è sulle storie, sulla loro importanza e sul loro potere. Winterson ci racconta di come alcune grandi storie, come quelle bibliche, siano diventate ormai sacre e intoccabili, cristallizzate nella loro interpretazione religiosa tanto da diventare delle vere e proprie prigioni, dalle quali evadere espone al rischio di terribili punizioni.

Non aspettatevi perciò il classico romanzo dove la ragazza lesbica riesce a liberarsi della famiglia bigotta e oppressiva grazie all’amore. Il punto di Winterson rimane sempre la dimostrazione del potere delle storie: di quelle che finiscono per fare del male perché contribuiscono alla perpetrazione di un sistema di valori ormai così avulso dalla realtà da piegare le vite delle persone in pochi modelli e ruoli stabiliti; ma anche di quelle che fanno del bene, che ti raccontano che va tutto bene, che oltre il canone della normalità ci può essere la quadratura del cerchio che stai cercando, che le possibilità non sono esaurite da una singola raccolta di storie.

Le storie sono potenti perché raccontandoti rendono reale quel groviglio di identità che ti sembra così alieno e pericoloso che solo a nominarlo ad alta voce sembra poter inghiottire la tua vita per intero. Invece no, non è niente di spaventoso: è il tuo confine, il punto di partenza della tua identità che ti permette di navigare con tranquillità, curiosità e rispetto sulle storie deə altrə. E quando poi dalla tua barchetta in mezzo al mare ti volti a guardare le vecchie storie della tua adolescenza, le trovi tragicamente grottesche nella loro pervicacia di fare del male in nome del loro appiattimento su un unico modo di essere.

Non ci sono solo le arance è un inno al potere salvifico delle storie che raccontano la diversità, che confondo i confini e che fanno esplodere le possibilità. Per questo ə estremistə sono così ossessionatə dai libri femministi e queer e non vedono l’ora di bannarli e denigrarli, lamentandosi della loro esistenza e piagnucolando del loro successo. È ovvio che i giardini deə vicinə, più verdi e pieno di fiori colorati, messi a confronto con i loro orticelli pieni di erbacce faccia loro perdere consensi, seguaci e potere: il vero peccato capitale del quale si macchia ogni minoranza che si rifiuti di stare confinata nel silenzio e nella negazione. ( )
  lasiepedimore | Jan 25, 2024 |
This is the story of a young girl growing up in a very strange family where her mother is a fanatical Pentecostal Born Again Christian and has chosen to adopt Jeanette in order to bring her up as a missionary to preach in Africa etc. Jeanette's home education revolves around this and leaves her with strange gaps in her knowledge despite her innate curiosity, and no means of relating to children outside the community. Everyone she knows is much older than her and involved in their church. Eventually her mother is forced by the local authority to send her to school, but Jeanette's religious views disturb both the other children and the teachers and form an insurmountable barrier. It is not until she is a teenager and meets another girl her own age that she forms her first real emotional attachment - which becomes a physical relationship and leads to the beginning of her estrangement from her upbringing.

In between this we have various mythical interludes, mainly based on the Arthurian legends, which reminded me of some of Jane Yolen's fiction. I'm afraid I couldn't really work out exactly how these related to the story.

My main problem was that the distancing slightly jokey tone of the book meant that I couldn't really relate to the character. Even when she is betrayed by her friend, it seems a bit superficial and skated over, and I couldn't help contrasting this to the TV adaptation in which that part of the story - with the 'exorcism' by the awful pastor and her mother etc - was horrifying and traumatic. Those characters simply don't come across with the same level of awfulness as I recall from the dramatised version. Her exploitation by an older lesbian who exploits her while seeming to offer her refuge is also very low key and treated incidentally. The ending is also rather odd as she has had to leave and fend for herself, but then goes back and her mother is suddenly quite all right towards her and the whole thing just stops with no conclusive ending as if a page was missing. I'm afraid this was one of the few instances for me where the TV version was better than the book so I can only give it a 3 star rating. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
I went into this only knowing "classic British lesbian novel" so I was surprised to find that although it's an *important* part of the book, most of the attention is not really on lesbian stuff and in some ways any other reason you might leave a cultish religious community could stand in for it. Most of the book is a sensitive and well observed portrait of life growing up in an Evangelical community in a small town. There's a lot of Characters, even when they only get a few lines. There's attention paid to the backdrop of changes and the regular social life of the town. Most notably it's told with a lot of laugh out loud humour while still always feeling real and sincere. The complex emotions around not living up to your family's expectation and the struggle with leaving behind a community that's rejected you are well shown. I'm not feeling very articulate today but there's a lot here, all great and really well told and thoughtful. ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
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Narratively, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is built on a particular irony - a contradiction in which it takes some sly delight....The novel may be a story of self-liberation for a secular age, but it recalls a traditional sense that a person's story is made significant by reference to the Bible. Why should any individual's story matter, after all? Because it follows the pattern of God-given precept and God-directed narrative. All the early heroes and heroines of the English novel - Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa - make sense of their peculiar lives by reference to the Bible
 

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Winterson, Jeanetteautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
Alfsen, MereteTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Lammers, GeertjeTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Leigh, DennisArtista de Cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Mattila, RaijaTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Mayne, RogerFotógrafoautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Onley, AndrewFotógrafoautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn't matter what. She was in the white corner and that was that.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was written during the winter of 1983 and the spring of 1984. (Introduction)
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Everyone thinks their own situation most tragic. I am no exception.
Going back after a long time will make you mad, because the people you left behind do not like to think of you changed, will treat you as they always did, accuse you of being indifferent, when you are only different.
Of course that is not the whole story, but that is the way with stories; we make them what we will. It's a way of explaining the universe while leaving the universe unexplained, it's a way of keeping it all alive, not boxing it into time. Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees it differently.
She was Old Testament through and through. Not for her the meek and paschal Lamb, she was out there, up front with the prophets, and much given to sulking under trees when the appropriate destruction didn't materialise. Quite often it did, her will or the Lord's I can't say.
I didn't know quite what fornicating was, but I had read about it in Deuteronomy, and I knew it was a sin. But why was it so noisy? Most sins you did quietly so as not to get caught.
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Fiction. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:The New York Times??bestselling author's Whitbread Prize??winning debut??"Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel" (The Washington Post Book World).

When it first appeared, Jeanette Winterson's extraordinary debut novel received unanimous international praise, including the prestigious Whitbread Prize for best first fiction. Winterson went on to fulfill that promise, producing some of the most dazzling fiction and nonfiction of the past decade, including her celebrated memoir Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?. Now required reading in contemporary literature, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a funny, poignant exploration of a young girl's adolescence.

Jeanette is a bright and rebellious orphan who is adopted into an evangelical household in the dour, industrial North of England and finds herself embroidering grim religious mottoes and shaking her little tambourine for Jesus. But as this budding missionary comes of age, and comes to terms with her unorthodox sexuality, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household dissolves. Jeanette's insistence on listening to truths of her own heart and mind??and on reporting them with wit and passion??makes for an unforgettable chronicle of an eccentric, moving passage into adulthood.

"If Flannery O'Connor and Rita Mae Brown had collaborated on the coming-out story of a young British girl in the 1960s, maybe they would have approached the quirky and subtle hilarity of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical first novel. . . . Winterson's voice, with its idiosyncratic wit and sensitivity, is one you've never heard before." ??

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