Start your review of Sexing the Cherry Write a review Shelves: favorites , books-to-read-before-you-die , jeanette-winterson "People will believe anything. Except, it seems, the truth. After The Passion , I honestly thought I could not be more impressed. But I think "Sexing The Cherry" may be even better. It is about the places we really go to and the things we experience in our minds. What is real?
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It is a story about love and sex; lies and truths; and twelve dancing princesses who lived happily ever after, but not with their husbands. I liked the stink of the river and I was thinking about pineapples a lot. Why is this the last book you have set in the past? I had done what I set out to do and what interested me.
The Passion anticipated a long run of literary and not so literary fiction set in the past. By , when STC was published, I really felt that it would be impossible to use that device effectively in the deluge of the stuff that was to follow. My hunch was correct. I suppose I explained this to myself just recently when I wrote the opening sentence of my latest book. To discover things for myself, I stay on the run.
Anyway, like I said, I hate labels. Before I knew about books, I knew all the Bible and all the fairy stories. To me, a world without miracles is not the real world.
So the old chestnut, write about what you know, has a special twist for me. Even the most solid of things, and the most real, the best-loved and the well-known, are only hand-shadows on the wall. Empty space and points of light.
Sexing the Cherry