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The Passion

by Jeanette Winterson

Knopf Canada | October 24, 2000 | Trade Paperback

The Passion is rated 4.6154 out of 5 by 13.
Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, The Passion intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, the red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice''s compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny. In her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream, and imagination to weave a hypnotic tale with stunning effects.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.96 × 5.2 × 0.5 in

Published: October 24, 2000

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973493

ISBN - 13: 9780676973495

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Passion... Just Sex! Upon reading the description and praising reviews I figured I would enjoy this book. Boy was I Wrong!.. It is completely unrealistic.. No way over 150 years ago, two strangers having just met, had and continued to have secret raunchy sex in an exhibition hall, behind a screen, with people on the other side?! Hey, I'm all for sex scenes, I enjoy them but - not like this. This book lacks romance, & depth between its plot and characters. It was just silly. In my opinion LV needs a thesaurus the next time around because she played out the "c" words describing the male and female genitalia. It isn't sexy - it's sleazy. Definitely not worth a read.
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passion is a passionate read. Oh, wow. I was not expecting such a sexy read. Truly, I was shocked! What a pleasant surprise :) I understand why readers are so up in arms about the release of the second book. I'm dying to read it, too. Can Lisa Valdez pull off another Passion? Some say no, and that's why Patience is so far behind in its release. I have no idea what the the truth is behind Patience is, but what I do know is that I enjoyed Passion, a lot. Our Heroine, Passion, meets the hero, Mark, while she out in public. The attraction is instant, and that very same day they have sex, hidden behind a big Chinese screen, while people mill about. Passion is a widow, and even though her name is Passion, she lacked that type of intimacy in her marriage. Her husband was more of a wham bam thank you mam, type of guy. In their years of marriage, Passion was never even naked in front of him. Passion and mark meet daily behind the screen to make love. Mark want to know about her, but Passion would rather they keep their identities secret. She wants to enjoy her time with him, and then go back home. Mark isn't having any of that, though, he wants more from her. More than just wild sex, he wants her heart. Things take a turn for the lovebirds when Mark is blackmailed into becoming engaged to Passion's cousin. Passion is heart broken, Mark is angry, and since Passion doesn't want to be Mistress, nor betray her cousin, she breaks things off with Mark. It is a romance, so the two do end up together, but it takes a time for them to get there. I was in tears reading some the scenes in this book. I wanted them to be together so bad, I didn't want them to have to wait, or sneak around, or have any troubles at all. It's always nice to like both the hero and heroine in a book. Passion is an A read for sure. I will now sit back and see how patient I can be for Patience to come out.
Date published: 2008-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I love all types of romance books but this one I just could not put down. It is a page turner from cover to cover and I would suggest this book to anyone. I have been waiting for the second book for over a year and the release date keeps changing so if anyone knows the lates one then it would be great if you could post it. HAPPY READING!
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it too Very well written historical erotic romance with believable story and well...passion. Looking forward the the next one which is taking a while.
Date published: 2008-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! Wow, this is a great book! I like the hold historical aspect of the book, because it keeps my imagination going. Thinking about the decor, the dresses, the social status was amazing. As for the story itself, it was interesting, moving and emotionally great! Everything Passion was feeling, I felt it. Joy, sadness and pleasure, wow! The love scene was a bit much for me hehehe, since I am still new with romance books, but hey, doesn't make it bad!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I read this in one day, I recommend this to anyone who is already romance reader or someone looking for a good romance book
Date published: 2007-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I generally read crime or mystery but recently thought I would try this genre knowing it would be a slower read- wrong! This is a page-turner from start to finish. I am awaiting the next one "Patience" which is out August.
Date published: 2006-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down... This novel was definately not boring. Sensual, and exciting. I cant wait until Patience is out.
Date published: 2005-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passion What a great book. Steamy, sensual, and a great story line. Can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passion I loved this book. I could not put it down, read it in one day. Very senual, wonderful characters, unusual story line. Just great
Date published: 2005-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Basking in dreams Winterson uses a history so unlikely as the Napoleonic wars upon which to base the story of strife, unrequited love and eventual insanity. Along the way, our main character endures the pain of war, the mystic attraction to a beautiful woman who can walk on water, the torment of losing his true loves, and his mind. If you read anything for enjoyment, this should be it. No review can do justice to such a strangely peaceful and poetic read.
Date published: 2001-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting This is an excellent book for so many reasons. Winterson's best work by far, this is a multi-layered story which takes place in revolutionary France, but is just as relevant in the 21st century. As humans become increasingly disillusioned, love and happiness become increasingly elusive. By the conclusion, we want to give Henri what he needs. However, his needs are just as elusive to him as they are to us. This story is touching and reveals the pleasure and pain we feel when we want connectedness but don't know how to get it. It beautifully illustrates a growing unsettlement with our seemingly detached lives.
Date published: 2000-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Passion is my passion... Winterson's novel, Passion, is one book that has changed my appreciation for literature. There is not enough words, time, space, or breath to describe the poetry of words Winterson uses to make such an awesome read. At first astonishingly weird and whimsical, the story twists reality into a different reality - one that is beautiful and full of power, love, and conflict..like I said, there's not enough of anything to tell you how AWESOME this novel is. I positively recommend it for those who are already fans of Winterson and for those with an already confusing reality who want a different, more confusing - but beautiful - reality to sneak into...
Date published: 1999-05-14

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The Passion

by Jeanette Winterson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.96 × 5.2 × 0.5 in

Published: October 24, 2000

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973493

ISBN - 13: 9780676973495

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Our companion loosed her laces but kept her boots on, and seeing my surprise at forgoing this unexpected luxury said, ''My father was a boatman. Boatmen do not take off their boots.'' We were silent, either out of respect for her customs or sheer exhaustion, but it was she who offered to tell us her story if we chose to listen. ''A fire and a tale,'' said Patrick. ''Now all we need is a drop of something hot,'' and he fathomed from the bottom of his unfathomable pockets another stoppered jar of evil spirit. This was her story. I have always been a gambler. It''s a skill that comes naturally to me like thieving and loving. What I didn''t know by instinct I picked up from working the Casino, from watching others play and learning what it is that people value and therefore what it is they will risk. I learned how to put a challenge in such a way as to make it irresistible. We gamble with the hope of winning. But it''s the thought of what we might lose that excites us. How you play is a temperamental thing; cards, dice, dominoes, jacks, such preferences are frills merely. All gamblers sweat. I come from the city of chances, where everything is possible but where everything has a price. In this city great fortunes are won and lost overnight. It has always been so. Ships that carry silk and spices sink, the servant betrays the master, the secret is out and the bell tolls another accidental death. But penniless adventurers have always been welcome here too, they are good luck and ve
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From the Publisher

Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, The Passion intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, the red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice''s compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny. In her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream, and imagination to weave a hypnotic tale with stunning effects.

About the Author

A novelist whose honours include England’s Whitbread Prize, and the American Academy’s E. M. Forster Award, as well as the Prix d’argent at the Cannes Film Festival, Jeanette Winterson burst onto the literary scene as a very young woman in 1985 with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Her subsequent novels, including Sexing the Cherry, The Passion, Written on the Body, and The PowerBook, have also gone on to receive great international acclaim. Her latest novel is Lighthousekeeping, heralded as "a brilliant, glittering, piece of work" (The Independent). She lives in London and the Cotswolds.


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Editorial Reviews

"An explosively imaginative writer." — The London Free Press

"A historical novel quite different from any other...written with a living passion, an eyewitness immediacy.... Winterson is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent deeply abides." — Vanity Fair

"Recalls Garcia Marquez.... Magical touches dance like highlights over the brilliance of this fairy tale about passion, gambling, madness, and androgynous ecstasy." — Edmund White

"The overwhelming impression of her work is one of remarkable self-confidence, and she evidently thrives on risk.... As good as Poe: it dares you to laugh and stares you down."— The New York Review of Books
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