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Boating for Beginners By Jeanette Winterson,

  • Title: Boating for Beginners
  • Author: Jeanette Winterson
  • ISBN: 9780749391515
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • A pleasure boat company is transformed when the proprietor, Noah, is chosen by the One True God to put sunny faith back in the world and women back in the kitchen.
    Boating for Beginners A pleasure boat company is transformed when the proprietor Noah is chosen by the One True God to put sunny faith back in the world and women back in the kitchen

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    1. Theres a reason why Jeanette Winterson disowned this one It reminded me of Monty Python trying EXTRA hard to be droll There was so much unsubtlety, like every line was a joke, a punchline and a someone screaming in your face that s funny isn t it get it get it Funny right huh Its a biblical parody, by the way.

    2. Considering that I count Jeanette Winterson amongst my favourite authors, one may wonder why I have given one of her earliest books, Boating for Beginners a two star rating In response, I must say this is a pretty terrible novel It s peculiar and goes off on tangents I wasn t entirely sure what was happening at times There is no shrewdness or effortless humour that I could discern here rather, it is as though Winterson is trying far too hard to be clever and funny, and it just is not working Tha [...]

    3. I sometimes fancy that my body is made up of all the different stars Leo s in my chest I m sure it s Leo because my heart roars I ve always had a roaring heart Whatever I m feeling my heart is roaring inside I don t think I ll die, I think I ll combust One day my frame will be too weak and my banging heart too strong and the lion will be out, gone, escaped, leaving me here on a little heap Still, I d rather it was that way than have no lion at all Jeanette Winterson, Boating for Beginners

    4. i haven t finished it yet i m finding itdifficult i love jeanette winterson s work and when i am reading this i hear myself chuckling it is funny i m just finding the premiseard i feel like i must have missed a page somewhere right at the start that would have made it all make sense i m struggling but i will persist i just don t know have you ever read a book and thought i should be enjoying this i should be getting this but i m just not then years later you re read it and can t believe you didn [...]

    5. I think this book will appeal mostly to Jeanette Winterson fans the type who just can t get enough of her Still, it s not her usual type of work, and her poetic voice is missing It s her re telling of Noah s Ark, wherein Noah has actually created God out of ice cream like Frankenstein And the world is quite advanced, containing everything from television to feminism It s a funny social and religious satire, but not one of my favorites I didn t give it three stars for mediocrity rather, I followe [...]

    6. This is my favourite Winterson Tongue firmly in cheek, the book tells the story of characters who did not make it into the bible It also boasts one of the most creative uses of a tub of ice cream and a bolt of lightning in fiction And who knew that semolina is the manna of choice With cameos from biblical characters, angels and various animals of course.

    7. An appealing idea that feels rushed and half baked in places The satire is a little trite and trying much too hard As always with Winterson though the protagonist won my sympathies and held me in there

    8. Incredibly amusing retelling of Noah and the great flood I am an even bigger fan of Jeanette Winterson now Amused.

    9. Boating for Beginners is a re imagining of a known biblical mythology Noah s Ark Jeanette Winterson s story is captivating and has immensely interesting characters Most are larger than life Winterson also showcases her sharp wit and humour in this book Sexing the Cherry scared me off a bit, but Boating for Beginners eases the way for me to get back to reading Winterson s prose.

    10. Boating for Beginners, Winterson s second published novel, is a huge leap from Oranges are Not the Only Fruits It s a retelling of the infamous Story of the Flood in the Genesis only in a rather funny, yes, sarcastic, but, for the religious cretin, utterly suffocating breed Life for Noah was going smoothly in his unperturbed tranquility as a prolific investor and a religious figure until a huge hand stretched out from the heavens with a short message that announces the letter s owner Yahweh, the [...]

    11. An early Winterson, Boating for Beginners is certainly not written in the usual poetic language she employs in most of her works It is, however, a good laugh Indeed, I agree with Andrew Sinclair, who is quoted on the back of the book, that admirers of works like Monty Python s Life of Brian will enjoy this re telling of the Book of Genesis There s your entrepreneur Noah, and his close friend, the romance writer who churns out novel after novel, and the cook who is a devout believer, and her daug [...]

    12. Noah runs a thriving little boat company called Boating for Beginners on the Tigris and Euphrates Life isn t too bad, until a huge hand hands him a leaflet from heaven God made His presence felt and Noah takes up His cause down on earth, seeing a good way to earn a business God decides on the big flood afterwards I m not really a fan of biblical parody but Jeanette Winterson woven the words to be humorous and entertaining to read It is an amusing tale with some hilarious insights about the chara [...]

    13. A fancy, a fairytale, deliberately set all oddly in time so you can t tell whether you re in present day or ancient Egypt this is Winterson s version of the Noah s Ark story Gloria is our young heroine, just starting to develop into someone interesting Her mother Mrs Munde who is somewhat of a force of nature finds work for her at Noah s place, collecting animals together for a film to celebrate Yahweh Frozen food is frowned upon Bunny Mix, romance writer extraordinaire, is one of the world s gr [...]

    14. This book is another take on the story of Noah no and no less believable than the biblical one, this is a very odd mixture of comedy with a few genuine insights into human behavious thrown in.The ending just puzzled me, but then again the whole book did The characters were well thought out and you felt for Gloria and Mrs Munde, but overall the whole story was just odd Very quick read, only 160 pages and worth it simply for the humour, some of it genuinley made me laugh out loud However, this is [...]

    15. Despite all the moaning that takes place while I m engulfed in a Winterson book, I do insist on reading them, and this was one that simply took it too far a trend with Jeanette, ever since the Cherries and Oranges saw their day Drawing on her Catholic upbringing she recreates a biblical story, you can hazard a guess as to which, bringing it into modern times and, as far as I can remember, attributing it to a magical toaster capable of creating life But despite the absurdity I fear for absurditie [...]

    16. Jeanetter Winterson did not disown this book Here is her page to check it out jeanettewinterson pageI have loved this book since I read it 22 years ago I can re read it and laugh just as hard If you are overly sensitive about your Christianity, you will likely be offended so don t read it If you like mind bending tongue in cheek, then by all means read it You will laugh till you cry.

    17. Where was the poetry and beauty I ve come to love and expect from Jeanette Winterson I missed it so much However, this little book was a quick, funny read and tackles one of my oh so favorite topics, religion This take on the story of Noah is witty and bizarre, but something just didn t click for me I m still trying to read all her books, so I m glad I took an afternoon to get through this one, but it s not one I think I ll come back to as often as The Passion or Sexing the Cherry.

    18. A fairly silly little book, written in a matter of weeks for money as an experiment in humor when the fate of Winterson s legendary first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was yet unknown For further context, she also authored a now out of print women s fitness book around this time There were a couple good lines that made me smile laugh, simply by virtue of it being a Jeanette Winterson book.

    19. I loved what Jeanette Winterson accomplished in this book, but it is not her best writing Although funny and thought provoking, a great story really, it seemed choppy and not as well developed as her other works.

    20. Like most of Winterson s work, it went a little over my head, but I still love the story What if everything you know about the Bible and the story of Noah was a complete lie This book will tell you I did love it

    21. Een gek boekje, dat een parodie is op het verhaal van Noah Er zitten super grappige, en super goed gevonden dingen in, maar in zijn geheel vond ik het boek veel te cynisch om van te kunnen genieten Ik was ook niet helemaal mee met de personages.

    22. Boating for Beginners is a contemporary retelling of the Genesis myth I found the story funny and highly entertaining A worthwhile read

    23. dull I usually like her work, but this lacks the wonder, emotion and sensuality of everything else I ve read by her There are some clever bits, but I m disappointed.

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