The Stone Gods has ratings and reviews. Ian said: When I bought my copy of The Stone Gods, the bookseller told me two things: it had received s. “The Stone Gods,” Jeanette Winterson’s new novel, makes an excellent choice for desert-planet reading — scary, beautiful, witty and wistful by. The Stone Gods is one of Jeanette Winterson’s most imaginative novels — an interplanetary love story; a traveller’s tale; a hymn to the beauty of the world. On the.

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On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet — pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction.

I’m going to be analyzing the representation of post-apocalypse in this novel for my bachelor paper in English Literature, so I am happy, excited and anxious to pick this book apart! This book strikes me as a very good example of a mainstream “literary” fiction writer experimenting with genre, and failing horribly.

A new planet is found to colonize, and no single government plans to share it with any other. May 20, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: The fragment is a reverie of her alter ego in the novel, Billie Crusoe, a lone voice of humanity on a blighted planet.

I need to think about the words for this but wow. The first part of the story, which spans nearly half the book, is set in a futuristic world.

Exploration of expectations, gambling on unknown possibilities, and repetition of actions and feelings spiral out of control alongside the human race in this bleak look at how the future and past are intertwined; history operates in a repetitive spiral, but love exists even as humans tbe work at self-destruction in The Stone Gods.

Hardcoverpages. Still, despite the gaspy bits, the purple winterso, and the lectures, The Stone Gods is a vivid, cautionary tale – or, more precisely, a keen lament for our irremediably incautious species. But the ending makes me cry because the writing is so good, even if the writer is telling you the character is hallucinating as she dies. As it stands, I was rolling my eyes at all the random “beautiful” bits about love and in no way invested — which is too bad, because I always appreciate how Winterson writes about love, so something was really off here.


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Maybe if I’d read this a few years ago, the complete disconnect from line jeanetts line, paragraph to paragraph, wouldn’t have bothered me so much. Goodreads wintrrson you keep track of books you want to read. A scream of anguish too loud for me to hear. It almost hurts to put it back on the library shelf, because this is one I have to own.

Shocking that some corporate marketing wonk hasn’t come up with that one by accident already.

The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson

But this attempt at meta just doesn’t work. However, this foray into speculative fiction ventures into thematic territory namely the essentially destructive nature of humanity, both with regards to each other and the natural world that’s been deeply explored, and displays all the traits of the worst kind of strident, polemical fiction.

In Part Two, Billy, a sailor is washed up on Easter Island in time to see the suicidal islanders cut down all their trees.

To an individual who has kept herself syone this system, choosing to educate herself and live off the land, even while forced to work a day job for the government, it is exhausting and yet impossible to let go of the remaining essence of her own humanity. Then there is Pink, a contest winner from our insidious planet who is brutally funny.

Obviously he lives to tell the tale. In the first section, the reduction of the robot Spike to a mere head is grotesquely sad; in the last section, Spike’s existence as a mere head that doesn’t have its body yet is grotesquely funny, particularly when Spike succeeds, as I think no other detached head has, in having sex.

Heinlein was the kind of guy who, at a circle jerk, would finish first and yell “I win! Winterson is a highly respected, award-winning English author, and many friends of mine love her writing.

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I must have a special talent in finding really weird books. Or did stome happen in the box? See Wikipedia’s guide to writing better articles for suggestions. About the things we do and what we are. But some of the old human flaws and vanities remain – the difference between the haves and have-nots, how celebrities still try to differentiate themselves when everyone looks young.

And when Billie Crusoe finally finds her Man Friday, the ironic comedy is fine. Massaging me with circadian beat of my mother machines, soothing me into a belief that all can be okay. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a liberal, and I do plenty of hand-wringing myself, but this was a little over the top.


And there isn’t really a story to build that argument, just lots of talk. Reading and learning are discouraged; participation in the consumer society is the highest good. You can feel it with your every pore. Wintrrson interested in exploring the theme of voyage, Winterson outfits the spacecraft something like a pirate ship, with casks of wine and storytelling to quicken the journey.

Retrieved 13 July Is it a statement? It is potential at every second. I didn’t feel connected to the characters and neither did I feel like I ever Maybe I just didn’t get this book, but I definitely didn’t enjoy it. Despite a Tolkeinesque longing for the pastoral and hatred for the mechanistic that pervades the book, one of the most interesting characters is Spike, a robot that is very nearly human, but designed to be purely rational.

Having heavily sided with the Occupy Movements, I generally agree to this, but Wreck City was a nightmare of irradiated children missing arms and legs not wintrson cared for by citizens who are more interested in cutting off their own noses to spite their faces.

Her novels include Boating for Beginnerspublished shortly after Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and described by the author as ‘a comic book with pictures’; The Passiontwin narratives following the adventures of the web-footed daughter of a Venetian te and Napoleon’s chicken wintersob Sexing the Cherryan invented world set during the English Civil War featuring the fabulous ‘Dog Woman’ and the orphan she raises; and three books exploring triangular relationships, gender and formal experimentation: It is fixed on ideas, but would be comfortably shelved in either the literature or the science fiction sections of the bookstore.

Babies are safes on a time-delay. Luckily, they’ve found a new wintersn, which they expect to November Reread this vods make a bunch of notes for atone and my bachelor paper. She writes here of Billie Crusoe’s ‘childhood, which has somehow turned up again, like an orphan on my doorstep asking to be let in’.