Written on the Body

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Fiction - 190 pages
33 Reviews
The most beguilingly seductive novel to date from the author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. Winterson chronicles the consuming affair between the narrator, who is given neither name nor gender, and the beloved, a complex and confused married woman. " At once a love story and a philosophical meditation." --New York Times Book Review.
 

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User Review  - missizicks - LibraryThing

This novel is a treatise on love, lust, loss and grief. Mostly on love, though. That precise emotion that terrifies. Winterson's writing is also a precise emotion, by turns caustic, funny and beautiful. I loved almost everything. Only the ending let the book down. Read full review

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User Review  - turtlesleap - LibraryThing

Winterson's use of the language is peerless and, if that were all I needed to enjoy a book, I would certainly have enjoyed this one. Really, though, I like a plot somewhere in my novels and there was none to be found here. This one just wasn't quite my thing. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
115
Section 2
117
Section 3
118
Section 4
119
Section 5
122
Section 6
125
Section 7
129
Section 8
131
Section 9
135
Section 10
136
Section 11
137
Section 12
138
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About the author (1993)

Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 and graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Her book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, is a semi-autobiographical account of her life as a child preacher (she wrote and gave sermons by the time she was eight years old). The book was the winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction and was made into an award-winning TV movie. The Passion won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for best writer under thirty-five, and Sexing the Cherry won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award.

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