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Boating for Beginners by Jeanette Winterson

Boating for Beginners (1985)

by Jeanette Winterson

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An early Winterson, Boating for Beginners is certainly not written in the usual poetic language she employs in most of her works. It is, however, a good laugh. Indeed, I agree with Andrew Sinclair, who is quoted on the back of the book, that admirers of works like Monty Python's Life of Brian will enjoy this re-telling of the Book of Genesis. There's your entrepreneur Noah, and his close friend, the romance writer who churns out novel after novel, and the cook who is a devout believer, and her daughter who is just coming to, and the sons of Noah who just want to be loved by their father, and their wives who have their own bizarre work to do, and Doris, the cleaning-lady-film-extra who is fascinated by the meaning of life, which she believes is death... And on and on it goes into a crazy, clever, and funny story of the coming floods. ( )
  bluepigeon | Dec 15, 2013 |
Boating for Beginners is a contemporary retelling of the Genesis myth. I found the story funny and highly entertaining. A worthwhile read! ( )
1 vote thioviolight | Apr 20, 2011 |
good comedy is a delicate operation--one needs to nail it without nailing it down--and here winterson just tries too hard, forcing swinging widely and missing wildly. ( )
  thebluenotebooks | Oct 12, 2006 |
What went wrong? Winterson created my first midlife crisis when she - aged the same as me - created heaven on earth (and a lot of money) with "Oranges are not the only Fruit" and "Sexing the Cherry". Then along came "boating for beginners." The word plays now were tired, the labrythnthine visions dull, the tone snide. It was the end of a happy reading backwater. ( )
  Michael_Godfrey | Jul 30, 2006 |
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Bags of rocks and chunks of Ararat, Turkey,
that Biblical archaeologists believe
are relics of Noah's Ark have been taken
to the US for laboratory analysis.
~ The Guardian: 28.8.84
For Philippa Brewster
and Ezra the White Rabbit
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At eighteen she realised that she would never have the bone structure to be decadent. . . .
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