Lighthousekeeping

Lighthousekeeping Lighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal part pirate an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr Pew the mysterious and miraculously ol

  • Title: Lighthousekeeping
  • Author: Jeanette Winterson
  • ISBN: 9780156032896
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal, part pirate , an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of a lighthouse on the Scottish coast Pew tells Silver stories of Babel Dark, a nineteenth century clergyman Dark lived two lives a public one mired in darknLighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver My mother called me Silver I was born part precious metal, part pirate , an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of a lighthouse on the Scottish coast Pew tells Silver stories of Babel Dark, a nineteenth century clergyman Dark lived two lives a public one mired in darkness and deceit and a private one bathed in the light of passionate love For Silver, Dark s life becomes a map through her own darkness, into her own story, and, finally, into love.One of the most original and extraordinary writers of her generation, Jeanette Winterson has created a modern fable about the transformative power of storytelling.

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    1. Tell me a story, reader.What story?About reading this book and what it means.Okay, then I will tell you about light and dark, sun and shadows, about the power of story telling in times of despair, about how two different people can inhabit the same person, like Jekyll and Hyde and about how sometimes fate throws in a curve and brings us full circle.If you have read this you will understand the above sentences, if not I'll just say, Winterson is often challenging, beautiful sentences, mixed with [...]

    2. Yesterday I finally stepped out of the enchanted circle in La Mancha where I'd spent the last three weeks, and I thought about perhaps and maybe and possibly attempting to read another book, a different book, but sadly not an enchanted book because I had no more such books, and I wasn’t happy about that.So I picked this book. My initial feeling was that there couldn't be two books as diametrically opposed as Don Quixote and Lighthousekeeping. One is set in the sun-filled plains of early sevent [...]

    3. An extraordinary, lyrical book that is about the power of storytelling in - and about - our lives. Other themes are light/dark/blindness (literal and metaphorical), outcasts, and the contrast between permanence and immobility (symbolised by the lighthouse) and change (people and the sea).The fictional characters (one of whom has strong parallels with Winterson - see below) have some interaction with real characters and their works (Darwin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Wagner), and a broadly realis [...]

    4. I kind of wanted to like this more than I did; I really love Winterson's writing, and her language here is as beautiful as ever. The problem I had with the novel is that it felt that there were several stories going on here, none of which were ever fully fleshed out or made real to me. I greatly enjoyed reading it, but when I finished I didn't feel like I had read a full novel; instead, it felt more like a series of vignettes waiting to be fleshed out.

    5. I read Lighthousekeeping thanks to a recommendation of an editor I met some time ago and I still remember when she said to me: you have to read this book because it has something special that I know you'll appreciate. The truth is that I had never read any of the books of Jeanette Winterson, but the words of the publisher made me feel very curious.The story caught me instantly. The book was almost like a love at first sight, in which each of the pages dragged me like a giant octopus into the dep [...]

    6. really can't get enough of winterson. this is a delicious little book, very easy to readi finished it in a day. favorite excerpts:"What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home. I want to be held. I don't want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights. I don't want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me. I want to be with you.""I kno [...]

    7. 4 ★Nobody writes quite like Jeanette Winterson. Even when I lose the plot literally, which I did, I enjoy reading her. It’s a mix of stories, and I’m not sure I got all the connections. I enjoyed the blend for the first three quarters of the book but seemed to drift off at the end. Still, she’s a 4★ read. 10-year-old Silver and her single mum live in a house on a hillside so steep that they sleep in hammocks and eat food that will stick to the plate (peas roll away forever), and they t [...]

    8. This is exactly the kind of morose and drilling of the fact that life is impermanent exercise that I probably dislike far more than 90% of other poor writing experiments for every degree of word craft and skill in their telling.Yes, it is poetic at times and the story, when it was there or re-arrived, held an interest or two. But as I noted in the comment written as I approached the very end- not a fan. Do I lack imagination? Most probably. Do I like structure in a tale about tales. Absolutely.S [...]

    9. " I am a glass man, but there is no light in me that can shine across the sea. I shall lead no one home, save no lives, not even my own."My second time reading Lighthousekeeping. It's a beautiful quiet tale that begins in a lighthouse in Scotland, with Pew and an orphan named Silver in the 1800s. Though not rich in plot, this story focuses on people and our different sides, and the stories we tell to both ourselves and each other. Telling stories within a story. The main story we hear from Pew i [...]

    10. well I gave it 4 stars before I finished as I loved the way it challenges standard narrativeBUT the last 2 chapters kind of blew thatke she just chucked in a few pages from her journal so downgrading it to 3 stars.14/03/13 1 of 19 books for $10***********QUOTES ********* SPOILERS****************He doubted her. You must never doubt the one you love.but they might not be telling you the truth.What do you mean?you can't be another person's honesty, child, but you can be your own.So what should I sa [...]

    11. After having finished "Lighthousekeeping" which I've had recommended to me by several friends, I'm left with an overall impression of vague disappointment. The novel simply didn't live up to my high expectations, and I have a theory why that is. The writing in this novel is absolutely impeccable! Especially the first couple of chapters took my breath away, and there is no doubt that Jeanette Winterson knows her craft. However, whenever I sit down to read a novel I want to be told a story that dr [...]

    12. Without a doubt, Jeanette Winterson is one of the finest writers of contemporary literary fiction. “Lighthousekeeping” is a story about a young orphan girl taken in by a blind and mysterious lighthouse keeper who tells stories about a 19th century clergyman who leads a double life: “a public one mired in darkness and deceit, and a private one bathed in the light of passionate love.” As I write in my own novel, “The Reality of Being Lovers,” “Lighthousekeeping” is a love story, bu [...]

    13. I know - I'm "currently reading" 3 books already. But only one of them is fiction - so that's really the only one I count. And it's 892 pages long! I'm enjoying Shadow Country, but its work to read. This book is play. I'm not very far in Lighthousekeeping. In fact I picked it up just for a little distraction from the weight of Shadow Country, just planning on reading the book jacket and putting it right back down. Then I moved on to the first page "My mother called me Silver. I was born part pre [...]

    14. If you've never read any Winterson before, this might be a good place to start, even though it's one of her most recent books. It's a fairly short novel, and the text is rather spare, but Winterson is skilled at creating memorable passages with just a few words. The novel encompasses several stories, opening with the tale of orphaned Silver, who is sent off to live with an old blind man named Pew in a lighthouse on the coast of northwest Scotland. Pew tells Silver different tales while he teache [...]

    15. I loved this book - perhaps because it came at a time when my head was very busy with other stuff. It's a breath of salted air in your lungs. If you like nice linear, predictable books with a defined structure, then this one is not for you. But if you're happy to be wound in the seaweed curls of Winterson's prose poetry then this book is a delight.The version I read (the Kindle edition) also has some excellent interviews with the author, which are inspiring and really help to understand how she [...]

    16. Δεν κατάφερα να βρω πολλές αρετές στο βιβλίο. Η γραφή που τόσο εκθειάζεται, δεν με εντυπωσίασε καθόλου. Και κυρίως, δεν με κινητοποίησε συναισθηματικά στο παραμικρό. Παρέμεινα αμέτοχη στις ιστορίες και δεν τις βρήκα ούτε καν πρωτότυπες.Για να είμαι δίκαιη, ξεχώρισα μερικές [...]

    17. "If you tell yourself like a story, it doesn’t seem so bad."Of course I fell in love with this book immediately. Yes -- I'll use the old cliche 'fall in love,' this book gives you permission to know better and all the same keep using the word 'love.' But then I worried that it was too lovely, too tidy in its thumping end-lines. What saves it is its scattered form. This book has to be scraps and fragments to offset its pristine, shapely sentences.Winterson is an astonishing story-teller, so muc [...]

    18. Ahora sí, Winterson. Aunque la escritora británica y yo no empezamos con buen pie, La niña del faro es un auténtico despliegue de sensibilidad literaria y refinamiento en el arte de fabricar historias. Valiéndose de una niña huérfana que ejerce como voz narradora, Winterson entreteje una laberíntica red de relatos en los que brilla sobre todo la reconfortante calidez de su prosa y el significado tan personal que Winterson es capaz de imprimir al lenguaje. Tierna, evocadora e imbuida de u [...]

    19. The book is about love. Also change, evolution, staying the same, but mostly love. The part that struck me tonight as I finished it was the Jekyll and Hyde theme in the book, so glaring to me today as the entire Spitzer drama unfolded and he resigned as the "evil" side was revealed. In the book, Jekyll and Hyde, Dark and light are two essential parts of the same person. Inseparable and not surprising they are both there. The ability to tell a story is what saves people. Not a surprising conclusi [...]

    20. Winterson writes gorgeously, and the loopy world of fable that she begins her novella in (and anchors it in periodically) creates a somewhat off-kilter (literally in the first scene, set in a house askew)atmosphere that allows the reader to meditate on storytelling, memory, and intimacy without worrying so much about the literal or realistic. The more that the novella was in the world of Silver's childhood, filled with stories, the more it satisfied me; I'm not sure that I was as moved by her lo [...]

    21. Hands down, my favorite book by Winterson. The prose is so beautiful it made me giddy. The first lines in the book say it all:"My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal part pirate. I have no father."The entire book reads like narrative poetry, but what I like best is it ends with love. That's my kind of HEA (Happily Ever After).The book is a story within a story. The first tale is about Silver, living in a lighthouse with the enigmatic keeper of the lighthouse, Pew. He tells Si [...]

    22. The story comes together from different segments of characters' lives. I want to read more of Winterson's writings.

    23. What a lovely & beautiful book. I think Pew has entered my list of favorite book characters. Highly recommended.

    24. This is the first book of Jeanette Winterson's I've read, and while I enjoyed it, I found, more often than not, that I was devouring her language rather than the story itself. It's actually two stories woven together-- the story of the lead character, Silver and the history of Babel Dark, a notorious figure from her seaside town. I preferred the beginning of the book to its conclusion, which isn't unusual for me-- I could have easily read a 400-page novel just on Silver and Pew and done away wit [...]

    25. "A beginning, a middle and an end is the proper way to tell a story. But I have difficulty with that method." Winterson was right to this line. Time is a huge factor in the story, and Winterson has always confessed that she has no sense of it (also same as to Sexing the Cherry). The story follows the life of Silver, a young girl orphaned by the death of her mother, her only parent, and was taken in by Pew, the keeper of the town's lighthouse. The story is beguiling in its own cryptic ways, heigh [...]

    26. LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING was my return to Winterson's writing after a long absence. This novel is uneven, but the better parts clearly demonstrate Winterson's considerable strengths as a writer: hauntingly poetic prose, mesmerizing in its rhythms, and a deployment of language that is rich, deft, nuanced, but never ostentatious. Winterson's themes (across her whole body of work) don't run broadly, but they run deep: the perils attendant upon how we construct our identities; what really matters in life a [...]

    27. Jeanette Winterson came to Chicago during the tour of this book. It was a very exciting reading that I will never forget. I brought my books to be signed by her and she was very gracious and quite personable when it was my turn to speak to her. We all must remember, myself included, that even great writers are just people underneath it all.Anyways, when I got home the first thing I did when I got home was plop down on my couch and devoured this book. I was like a kid in a candy shop, I just coul [...]

    28. This book didn't start out as well as Sexing the Cherry, but by the end of it, I loved it. So, not as strong, but still wonderful. Just be patient.Both of these books are animated by Winterson's notions of the complexity of what we call reality, of the depth of what lies beneath the surface of time and the possibility that some of it isn't as deeply buried as we think. I love this kind of stuff because I've never understood why everything is so simple and so clear for most people, so mystifying [...]

    29. God, I love Winterson so much. Literally every sentence she writes is quotable. This book careens out of prose and into poetry most of the time; even when it doesn't, it's still beautiful.It is not a standard narrative; as such, it has no real plot in the traditional sense. Rather, it's a series of vignettes, really, in the life of the main character, Silver. Characters appear, events happen, characters disappear, all without regard for the traditional values of a "good" novel.And I love it beca [...]

    30. Necesito procesarlo para poder hablar de él. Jeanette Winterson hace magia con las palabras. Es uno de esos libros donde lo importante no es el qué sino el cómo. Cómo te lo cuenta. Una historia dentro de otra historia, que a su vez guarda un sinfín de historias más. Porque la vida es eso, un montón de historias que no tienen final. Una auténtica delicia.

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