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A fabulous failure...,
This review is from: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (Paperback)
Winterson deserves great credit for this brave novel. It is bold, sometimes very funny, acutely observed and by turns moving, evocative.
The problem is that it was written by a 26 year old - that tells us much about the talent of Winterson, but also tells us something about Pandora Press's decision to publish this in 1985. It feels like a debut novel which has by-passed the editorial attention it merited. As a consequence, what could/should have been an exceptionally interesting autobiography feels incomplete, and punctuated with wistful allegories which intrude rather than complement or illuminate.
Recommended as a cautionary primer for aspiring writers - Winterson's introduction to the Vintage 1991 edition suggests as much.