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Gut Symmetries (1997)

by Jeanette Winterson

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A funny and tender celebration of love in all its frailty, confusion and excess, from the author of Oranges are not the Only Fruit and Why be Happy When you Could be Normal?
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I found this novel difficult to get into. Quite tiring to read, and seemingly impossible to fall into that place where reading is effortless.
Couldn't say whether that was down to me or the book. I usually adore Jeanette Winterson (worlds greatest author) so I'm inclined to blame myself for this failure to connect. I'll have to give this another go in a few months. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
I found the book difficult. The physics in it was conceptually challenging, and the characters were fairly static. What made the book stand out is the quality of Winterson's writing - series of paragraphs that would stop me in my tracks, forcing me to reread them, and then often again. Would I read it again? Maybe. Would I read more of Winterson? Without a doubt. ( )
1 vote TomMcGreevy | Jun 23, 2020 |
what she does with language is so beautiful. i had a little trouble with this one, though, in keeping track of what was going on and who was who and which character was the focus of each chapter. the last 20% or so, though, the story really surprised me, both in positive and negative ways. but the language was always superb.

"Walk with me. The past lies in wait. It is not behind. It seems to be in front. How else could it trip me as I start to run?" ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 8, 2015 |
Gut Symmetries: This book changed my view on what great literature can be. Previously I thought plot drove the reader to keep going - reading this I was driven forward by the beauty of the words that Winterson uses, sometimes not understanding, or paying attention to the action, often reading several times to revel in the flavours of her prose. I looked with regret at the dwindling number of pages as I approached the end, wanting to stay longer in the drunken, passionate language of this wonderful book.
1 vote iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
Sometimes the language is so beautiful - I keep some of the sentences like treasures! Winterson sticks to her unique style, and I enjoy it. ( )
1 vote LottaBerling | Jan 18, 2009 |
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For Peggy Reynolds
         with love.
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It began on a boat, like The Tempest, like Moby Dick, a finite enclosure of floating space, a model of the world in little.
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A funny and tender celebration of love in all its frailty, confusion and excess, from the author of Oranges are not the Only Fruit and Why be Happy When you Could be Normal?

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WorldCat Abstract:  The high-wire artist of the English novel redraws the romantic triangle for the post-Einsteinian universe, a place where gender is as elastic as matter. "Dazzling for its intelligence and inventiveness".--"Elle".
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