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1.0 out of 5 stars
Pretentious, pseudo-philosophical bilge, 31 Mar. 2008
If I didn't have to read this for one of my modules this year, I wouldn't have continued past page 50. Although I loved 'Oranges...' and all of the short-stories of Winterson's I have encountered, there wasn't much to like about 'The.PowerBook'.
The characters are unlikeable, uninteresting and unengaging. Although the elements of repetition in the lovers' meetings are obviously intentional, they make for tiresome reading. The long passages of bare dialogue are unrealistic and I was left at times not knowing or caring whose lines were whose.
The book is crammed with what are intended to be deep, poetic musings on life and love, but the contrived nuggets of pseudo-wisdom have all the imagery and depth of a collection of fortune-cookies or discount pseudo-spritual self-help tomes.
There's not much point wasting the few hours it takes to read 'The.Powerbook'. There are countless much better examples of Winterson's skill and insight, which I would recommend to anyone.