Sexing the Cherry

by Jeanette Winterson

Knopf Canada | October 24, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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In the reign of Charles II, Jordan and his mother, the Dog-Woman, live on the banks of the stinking Thames, where they take in sights ranging from the first pineapple in London to Royalist heads on pikes. As a young man, Jordan leaves to travel the world, seeking wonder and knowledge, and learns that every journey conceals another within it. Sexing The Cherry celebrates the power of the imagination as it playfully juggles with our perceptions of history and reality; love and sex; lies and truths; and the twelve dancing princesses who lived happily ever after, but not with their husbands.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 3.14 × 2.04 × 0.18 in

Published: October 24, 2000

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973485

ISBN - 13: 9780676973488

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Sexing the Cherry

by Jeanette Winterson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 3.14 × 2.04 × 0.18 in

Published: October 24, 2000

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973485

ISBN - 13: 9780676973488

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My name is Jordan. This is the first thing I saw. It was night, about a quarter to twelve, the sky divided in halves, one cloudy, the other fair. The clouds hung over the wood, there was no distance between them and the top of the trees. Where the sky was clear, over the river and the flat fields newly ploughed, the moon, almost full, shone out of a yellow aureole and reflected in the bow of the water. There were cattle in the field across, black against the slope of the hill, not moving, sleeping. One light, glittering from the only house, looked like the moat-light of a giant''s castle. Tall trees flanked it. A horse ran loose in the courtyard, its hooves sparking the stone. Then the fog came. The fog came from the river in thin spirals like spirits in a churchyard and thickened with the force of a genie from a bottle. The bulrushes were buried first, then the trunks of the trees, then the forks and the junctions. The top of the trees floated in the fog, making suspended islands for the birds. The cattle were all drowned and the moat-light, like a lighthouse, appeared and vanished and vanished and appeared, cutting the air like a bright sword. The fog came towards me and the sky that had been clear was covered up. It was bitterly cold, my hair was damp and I had no hand-warmer. I tried to find the path but all I found were hares with staring eyes, poised in the middle of the field and turned to stone. I began to walk with my hands stretched out in front of me, as do those t
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In the reign of Charles II, Jordan and his mother, the Dog-Woman, live on the banks of the stinking Thames, where they take in sights ranging from the first pineapple in London to Royalist heads on pikes. As a young man, Jordan leaves to travel the world, seeking wonder and knowledge, and learns that every journey conceals another within it. Sexing The Cherry celebrates the power of the imagination as it playfully juggles with our perceptions of history and reality; love and sex; lies and truths; and the twelve dancing princesses who lived happily ever after, but not with their husbands.

From the Jacket

"The most interesting young writer I have read in twenty years." -Gore Vidal

"Sexing the Cherry is fun, challenging, often astonishing. I wholeheartedly recommend it." -The Toronto Star

"Read it and marvel. Jeanette Winterson's voice is startlingly poetic and original, and her imaginative feats are utterly dazzling." -Cosmopolitan

"A life-enhancing, gratifying book. Winterson's use of language is superb.... She has a beautiful clear voice." -Quill & Quire

"Jeanette Winterson is a remarkable writer." -The Bookseller

"Reading Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Cherry is like discovering a new dance. The rhythms and steps are innovative. The language often has a punch of a tabloid headline with the precision of poetry. And the idea of time - past, present and future - can turn on a dime." -The Ottawa Citizen

"It simply needs to be read and re-read." -The Times

"Simple prose shows the subtlest of minds behind it, swift, confident and dazzling." -Financial Times

"Winterson is a superb literary acrobat. She makes us believe, for the duration of her tall tales, in the power of imagination to change the way we perceive, and therefore live our lives." -The Independent

About the Author

A novelist whose honours include England''s Whitbread Award and the American Academy''s E.M. Forster Award, Jeanette Winterson burst into the literary community as a very young woman in the eighties with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and soon won the praise of such masters as Gore Vidal and Muriel Spark. She lives in London and the Cotswolds.

From Our Editors

This poetic and very mystical historical novel, by Jeanette Winterson, is set in England during the troubled reign of Charles II. Sexing The Cherry tells the sorry coming of age tale of Jordan who lives with his mother the Dog-Woman on the banks of the River Thames. He embarks on a sexual odyssey that reveals the temporality of human happiness in this bizarre book about love and sex.

Editorial Reviews

"The most interesting young writer I have read in twenty years." -Gore Vidal

"Sexing the Cherry is fun, challenging, often astonishing. I wholeheartedly recommend it." -The Toronto Star

"Read it and marvel. Jeanette Winterson''s voice is startlingly poetic and original, and her imaginative feats are utterly dazzling." -Cosmopolitan

"A life-enhancing, gratifying book. Winterson''s use of language is superb.... She has a beautiful clear voice." -Quill & Quire

"Jeanette Winterson is a remarkable writer." -The Bookseller

"Reading Jeanette Winterson''s Sexing the Cherry is like discovering a new dance. The rhythms and steps are innovative. The language often has a punch of a tabloid headline with the precision of poetry. And the idea of time - past, present and future - can turn on a dime." -The Ottawa Citizen

"It simply needs to be read and re-read." -The Times

"Simple prose shows the subtlest of minds behind it, swift, confident and dazzling." -Financial Times

"Winterson is a superb literary acrobat. She makes us believe, for the duration of her tall tales, in the power of imagination to change the way we perceive, and therefore live our lives." -The Independent
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