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Writing with a heart
on 31 October 2003
This is the first collection of short stories of Winterson. As always in her writings, they are about love- different kinds of love, different objects of love, different love attitudes. Her imagination is powerful, she creates bizarre worlds
where sleep is illegal, or an island full of diamonds; or she sees a whole world in the eyes of her new brand dog. Winterson paints a piece of art with each story, using emotions as brushes and colors. In "Atlantic Crossing" a man meets a young woman he had to share his room with her due to mistake. In "O`Brien`s First Christmas" a woman is visited by a fairy for Christmas and is given a new blond hair. It makes her look with new confidence and earns her first date for Christmas.In "Disappearance II" a man opens every summer his family house to guests. He is moved to offer hospitality to an unexpected woman visitor. He accomodates here in his mother`s room which stays untouched for years. Then the room disappears and he tries to find it, calling his mother`s name but in vain. "Turn of the World" is a poetical vision of the four Greek Gods of wind. "Psalms" reminiscens her first book, "Oranges are not the only fruit".It`s a funny and compassionate story about a turtoise called "Psalms".
I read the book in one evening. Jeanette Winterson writes with her heart. Her works are real works of love, not only of well trained skill."These are the compass points of my life, and my life is my heart,my imagination,waht is inside as well as waht is invisible.Using my compass I write to you"- Jeanette Winterson.