[ Pdf Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? ò comics-manga PDF ] by Jeanette Winterson ☆ I usually don t read lots of memoirs and biographies, in general I prefer fiction or non fiction, but I must say thought that this is one of the most genuine and emotional memoirs I ve ever read Jeannette Winterson was born in Manchester, England, and grew up in Accrington, Lacarshire after being adopted by Constance and John William Winterson in the early 1960 s.
This book recounts her quest for her identity, origin, her birth mother and ultimately for love and acceptance.
It s a different kind of memoir in that is doesn t follows a chronological structure She jumps back and forth between different periods in her life, and that s probably why the book feels so authentic, you have a sense that you are sitting down with a good friend while she is telling you her story.
The author comes across as a clever, witty, and a This book came in the mail today, I opened the package, opened the book and looked at a few pages randomly, started reading, and about half an hour later turned back to the beginning so I could start reading it properly That s as good a star ranking as anything, I think This book isn t really a memoir, but then again, if you expect linear storytelling from Jeanette Winterson it skips twenty five years of her life in an Intermission and the end is so open ended a great breeze might come through there s a lot about doors and thresholds, being locked out and being let in, in this book What made it amazing for me is the power, the fire, of Winterson s descriptions of reading, her personal, visceral attachment to books I imagine this is being sold as the dark side of the moon companion to Oranges, Winters Jeanette Wintersont Olvasni Annyi, Mint Szeretni T Ez A Szilaj, Elragad An K L N S Brit R N Szokatlan Szintes Ggel Vall Mag R L N Letrajzi K Nyv Ben O, The Oprah Magazine A Szikr Z Humor Mi Rt Lenn L Boldog, Ha Lehetsz Norm Lis Nemcsak Az R Kbefogad S Rzelmi R Ks G T Dolgozza F L Sokoldal An, Hanem Helyet Kap Benne Az Az D T Felismer S Is, Hogy Az Letet Meg Rteni Ugyanolyan Neh Z, Mint Meg Lni Entertainment WeeklyAmikor Jeanette Tizenhat Vesen Elmegy Otthonr L, Mert Szerelmes Lesz Egy M Sik L Nyba, R Kbe Fogad Anyja, Mrs Winterson Csak Annyit K Rdez T Le Mi Rt Lenn L Boldog, Ha Lehetsz Norm Lis Winterson Azonban Nem Mond Le A Boldogs Gr L, Hanem Keresi Egy Leten T Err L Sz L Ez A Mulats Gos, Szellemes, Hol D H Dt Indulattal, Hol Lelkesed Ssel Meg Rt T Rt Net, Amely Nem M S, Mint Az Igazs G, A Vil Gszerte N Pszer Jeanette Winterson Let Nek T Rt Nete My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog.
Resolute and unsentimental, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal reckons with the legacy of childhood neglect In the memoir s first part Jeanette Winterson reflects on her experience of growing up gay in Accrington, England, inside the household of her adoptive mother, a Pentecostal fanatic prone to abusive tendencies In matter of fact prose, with great wit, the author confronts the harrowing conditions of her childhood narrates the social history of her working class hometown and recounts how her local library helped inspire her to seek a better life The memoir s second part, by contrast, follows the author in the present as she searches for her biological mother, with the help of her partner Compared to the first, it understandably feels less polished andenmeshed in uncertainty Both sections I finished this book on a frigid Sunday afternoon, lying lazily on my too deep couch, covered in a ridiculously soft blanket, with my boyfriend cackling in the other room while watching news fails on YouTube and my little dog curled up by my side, lending me his warmth I have had such an easy life, it is sometimes difficult to fathom.
Jeanette Winterson has not had an easy life Or anyway she had an almost impossibly surreal awful childhood adopted by a frighteningly inconsistent and extremely religious mother, who regularly locked her in the coal shed overnight , an adolescence during which she lived in her car after mom kicked her out for being a lesbian , and a young adulthood wherein she took her impoverished, working class self all the way to and through Oxford, despite staggering sexism, homophobia, and snobbery they told her she was their working This is a remarkable memoir, honest and very moving beautifully written and there is a passion for reading and books that runs through it Winterson describes books as her hearth and home and I know exactly what she means As well as being a moving memoir, it is a memoir that will resonate with every lover of books This is also a follow up from the fictionalised version of Winterson s childhood Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit The first half of the book outlines the real story of Winterson s childhood, including the less palatable parts The second half takes a few snapshots from her life, her time at university and her breakdown at the end of a relationship the descriptions of the breakdown are very painful and difficu This is about a girl who was adopted by a religious lunatic and who realised she was a lesbian.
It s a squirmy, maddening, elusive, full frontal, raging, psychonewagebabbly, moving, heartfelt, essential memoir I was going to be cute and say that in 1969 The Beatles decided to release an album on which there were no overdubs, no studio tricks at all, but the resulting album Let It Be broke its own rule by containing overdubbed strings harps choruses so many years later Paul McCartney fixed this dishonesty by producing a new version, called Let It Be Naked, which really is a no overdub live in the studio Beatles album the truth at last And I was going to say that Oranges are Not the Only Fruit is Let It Be and Why Be Happy when you Could be Normalis Let it Be Naked.
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this book is a broken elegy to the north of england and a world of small shops, small communities, and simple habits that no longer exists it s also a tribute to a hardy working class people who knows resilience, pluckiness, no nonsensicality, and making a life out of what you are given surprisingly, it s a vindication of the values of faith, which keep people under the direst circumstances out of the clutches of despair and of the feeling of being trapped these are winterson s words this truly abused kid never felt despair or a sense of being trapped while she grew up there was faith for that no one else felt it either have i read too little winterson to know that she writes like this i remember her prose as lyrical and full of surprises this is simple, direct, often hysterical in spite of all the hor If you read Oranges are Not the Only Fruit then this just reads like an early version before the editor said to the author, You can t write that, no one will believe you The clich goes that truth is stranger than fiction and this book is definitely stranger than Oranges It is hard, for instance, to believe that the author, as an adult, never addressed her mother as anything but Mrs Winterson.
Small personal anecdote that has nothing whatsoever to do with the book other than it s a bit about Winterson s famous girlfriend who was much celebrated and made a lot of money from her book on fat and feminism, but there you go, when did my reviews ever stick to the point Years ago, having quite a lot of money and not much sense of what to spend it on I decided physical p
NOT MISERY LIT When I read Oranges many years ago, it was before the vogue for misery lit , a genre I have avoided However, reading this, I realise that despite the erudition and humour, both books are perhaps in that