Thursday, May 17, 2018

Modern Classic Review: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

TITLE: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
AUTHOR; Jeanette Winterson
GENRE: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
PREMISE: A character tells about her life growing up and her complicated relationship with her very religious mother.
MY THOUGHTS: When reading this, I was reminded strongly of Rubyfruit Jungle. Probably very groundbreaking for its time, but nowadays...not so much.
The writing in here is great. There are lines in it that are hilarious and poignant. The characters are interesting. At least unlike Rubyfruit Jungle, it didn't constantly act if like you weren't living the life the character/author thought you should be, you were doing it wrong. It does do its job as a memoir like fiction book. It's just...these kind of books are all over the place in literary fiction. So I was kind of bored because it didn't particularly offer anything new.
But again: this is an older book. At the time it was written, this was considered new. So I totally understand how it became a thing when it was published. It's just one of those things, that maybe hasn't aged very well. It's still good. Just rather dated.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of Rubyfruit Jungle, fans of Fun Home

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