It can be simply stated. The young Jeanette knows the Bible as a work of warning, prohibition and eschatological fear. When she goes to school she duly terrifies the other children by explaining the fiery judgment that will soon be visited upon them. The novel is divided into eight sections, with the titles of the first eight books of the Bible, from Genesis to Ruth. She herself looks to these Scriptural chapters for significance. After an official letter commands her mother to send her daughter to school "the Breeding Ground" , Jeanette describes her confusing experiences in "Exodus".
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Shelves: literature , canada I tried to write this review eight minutes before I was supposed to go to work. I did not meet the deadline. My reviews occasionally take longer than eight minutes to compose. Though much, much better than my miserable first experience with Winterson, I am still unsure about her after reading this, still plagued by minor annoyances. As with that other one, this book is riddled with what it seems I tried to write this review eight minutes before I was supposed to go to work.
That feeling in the ensuing awkward silence? Interspersed with these profoundies are little whimsy-cutes that are I suppose intended to offset the serious tone, like this novel is letting you know just how unserious it takes its very serious self, all seriousness aside. It makes for a weird time. And it is serious material. The coming-of-age of a lesbian and aspiring preacher in a devout household, rejected by her church and her adoptive mother for her "unnatural passions".
It sounds like something I would love, because I adore the shredding of religious hypocrisy, and am fascinated by people raised in such a crazy environment since it is so far removed from my own experience, having been brought up by a religious skeptic and generally sane woman. Unfortunately, the tone is such an awkwardly comical one that it feels almost removed, and the character of Jeanette often reads silly.
Unless you correctly think dick jokes are hilarious, you might not take my word when it comes to comedy. Her relationship with god? Gripes aside, I was still invested in the story, and I respect what it intended to do. That would just be ridiculous, right? Every once in a while, this novel is moving. Sometimes, it actually is funny.
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