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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, soaring and pithy prose - read it, 20 Nov 2011
This review is from: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Hardcover)
I am a recent convert to Jeanette Winterson, having seen her interviewed for the first time a year or so ago, and been intrigued.

This is the 4th of her books that I have read and is my favourite to date. She has a way of using words that makes prose sing like poetry. Each sentence is exquisitely pared down and no word is left to chance; each is chosen specifically and carefully for its effect.

She was appallingly uncared for and unloved as a child growing up in the house of the awesome Mrs Winterson (her father is all but absent throughout her formative years, although he shares the house with them). Her mistreatment is dealt with in a cool and objective detachment which belies her rage and fear of rejection.

This is a disturbing and beautiful memoir which brims with hope and love. Read it.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2011 09:06:43 GMT
I should also mention that the book is very funny; try reading some of this aloud to friends and see what reaction you get!
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