Lighthousekeeping

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Knopf Canada, Feb 4, 2011 - Fiction
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Motherless and anchorless, red-headed Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, located at the isolated northwestern tip of Scotland. Pew teaches her to “man the light” but more importantly he tells her ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of ties that bind and of the slippages that occur throughout every life, not least those of the local inhabitants. One local, Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman who loved one woman but married another, opens like a map that Silver must follow. Caught in her own particular darknesses, she embarks on an Ulyssean sift through the stories we tell ourselves, stories of love and loss, of passion and regret, stories of unending journeys that move through places and times, and the bleak finality of the shores of betrayal.

A story of mutability, of talking birds and stolen books, of Darwin and Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, Lighthousekeeping is a way in to the rooms of our own that we secretly inhabit and the lighthouses we strive towards. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation and this shows her at her lyrical best.


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Fair plot yet awesome prose. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - whybehave2002 - LibraryThing

Almost done with this...I've read the reviews of others who love it and others that love the author. I find it to be a very easy/quick read but the book jumps around a lot and I feel as if I am not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

God, I love Winterson so much. Literally every sentence she writes is quotable. This book careens out of prose and into poetry most of the time; even when it doesn't, it's still beautiful. It is not a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
43
Section 4
61
Section 5
73
Section 6
77
Section 7
86
Section 8
87
Section 13
123
Section 14
133
Section 15
147
Section 16
149
Section 17
155
Section 18
169
Section 19
177
Section 20
183

Section 9
91
Section 10
95
Section 11
103
Section 12
113
Section 21
202
Section 22
209
Section 23
221

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About the author (2011)

Jeanette Winterson lives in London and the Cotswolds.


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