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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (25 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099462311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099462316
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester and read English at Oxford, during which time she wrote her first novel, the Whitbread award winning Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Tanglewreck, Jeanette's first novel for children, was published to great critical acclaim in 2006. In the same year she was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

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Jeanette Winterson's novel Arts & Lies begins with three people seated opposite each other on a train as it winds out of a city, making its way past cemeteries and houses towards the sea. Handel, a Catholic doctor, clutches a book, worrying at the edges of his medical mistakes. Picasso, a young woman with a consuming desire to paint, runs from abuse by her brother, with his "bull's balls and Lucifer rod". Sappho, seducer of women, carries her whirling words of poetry quietly at her side. Art & Lies intimately unravels the stories of these three. Although strangers, their memories touch and dance, circling a handful of events in which they have met (unbeknown to them) as the carriages of the train flit in and out of the sunlight.

At times the writing is impenetrable--there are paragraphs of French, Latin and German, a section of a Strauss opera and an impossibly demanding twist on language that feels mannered and fragmented. Often though, there is a lyrical intensity, a poetic eroticism to reward the struggle. There is also a light-heartedness; Winterson's particular, peculiar sense of fun, seen at its best in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and Sexing the Cherry asserts itself here in the raunchy narrative of Isaac Newton's prostitute that leaps up from the pages of Handel's book. Art & Lies is one of Winterson's most ruthless experimentations with literary form that shows her at her exuberant best and worst. --Jane Honey

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"If we want language to be handled with vitality and suppleness, if we want to consider serious questions of philosophy, art and sexuality, if we want writers to aspire to beauty, then we should be glad of Jeanette Winterson...she is a writer who will continue to astonish, to please and to vex. Art & Lies does all these things" (Literary Review)

"Brave and ambitious" (Independent)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lucy W on 30 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favourite books ever - and I have even got Winterson to sign my well thumbed copy. It is beautiful, emotional and clever. Some may say too clever, but I say enjoy it... don't worry if you can't understand all of it - treat it like a poem, a piece of music or painting and enjoy the experience. Meaning abounds from this book. For anyone looking for that hidden depth in life, this book is for you.
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By G. G on 30 Jun 2014
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..............does not appeal to me. I have triedn reading it especially as I have read some of her other books and enjoyed them. Sadly I gave up on this after about twenty pages. As someone once said to me - 'why struggle to read a book your not enjoying when there are millions out there waiting for you'. That's my philosophy now.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2000
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This is a perfect book. A total book. One may not always agree with Winterson's constant assertions, but one is certainly made to think. It is very powerful and makes some of the most fascinating links between history and future that i have ever come across. It made me laugh, cry and, most importantly, think. It's hard work at first (& a little confusing) but well worth it in the end. Winterson is a genius.Read it.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec 2000
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The quotes that Winterson writes are insightful into the minds of young women, and the range of emotions that they go through. My first girlfriend began reading it to me and then she gave me her copy, and I fell in love with her more that I had to go and get a copy that I could underline, and recite. I have given the book to two women who were important to me, fellow Catholics, who are just as disallusioned by the church as I am. "Catholics are encouraged to express their emotions as long as the emotions they express are Catholic ones." I am also in the medical field so the phrases from Handel I found to be especially true. I would highly reccomend it to anyone who wanted to explore the vastness dicotomy of the church, medicine, art and lies.
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