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{Read E-pub} ê The Passion ß Jeanette Winterson s novels have established her as one of the most important young writers in world literature The Passion is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel 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 destinyIn her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream, and imagination to weave a hypnotic tale with stunning effects The Passion is an intense kaleidoscope of a novel an intertwining narrative of a solider and a Venetian woman during the Napoleonic Wars This could be a thick historical novel but it is concentrated into a mere 160 pages This is my first experience reading Jeannette Winterson and it won t be my last Wintersons writing is so vivid, it shimmers on the page. Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness We gamble Some do it at the gaming table, some do not You play, you win, you play, you lose You play Jeanette Winterson is one of those authors I am constantly surprised at The Passion is my favourite so far update before reading Sexing the Cherry, which is evenfascinating There is something magical in her way of weaving the stories of her characters, and showing different angles of the central theme passion I do Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness We gamble Some do it at the gaming table, some do not You play, you win, you play, you lose You play Jeanette Winterson is one of those authors I am constantly surprised at The Passion is my favourite so far update before reading Sexing the Cherry, which is evenfascinating There is something magical in her way of weaving the stories of her characters, and showing different angles of the central theme passion I do generally not like historical fiction, but in this case, the setting in Napoleonic Europe adds tremendously to the ideas she develops in her own, very special language One main thought, repeated several times over the course of the story, haunts me ever since I read it for the first time Between fear and sex is passion That strikes me as the sad truth of the human condition, a valid explanation for many women s choice to trust themselves to violent, unreliable men Those men represent such stuff as dreams are made on, and nightmares as well.To save themselves, the protagonists have to make the decision to renounce the passion that is too hurtful to endure Beautiful fiction Must read Lovers are not at their best when it matters Mouths dry up, palms sweat, conversation flags, and all the time the heart is threatening to fly from the body once and for all Lovers have been known to have heart attacks Lovers drink too much from nervousness and cannot perform They eat too little and faint during their fervently wished consummation They do not stroke the favored cat and their face paint comes loose This is not all Whatever you have set store by, your dress, your dinner, yo Lovers are not at their best when it matters Mouths dry up, palms sweat, conversation flags, and all the time the heart is threatening to fly from the body once and for all Lovers have been known to have heart attacks Lovers drink too much from nervousness and cannot perform They eat too little and faint during their fervently wished consummation They do not stroke the favored cat and their face paint comes loose This is not all Whatever you have set store by, your dress, your dinner, your poetry, will go wrong.A small book to be experienced Historical setting VeniceNapoleonic era Luscious..eccentric storytelling with offbeat passionate themes gender identityphysical deformation.mental illness.war prostitutiongamblingalways stories and always love Magical realism at is best.beautiful and powerful A special thanks to Cecily..who turned me on to this book There is little I can say about this book that does not border on gushing, but I ll try The Passion is perhaps one of the most amazing stories I have ever read It is not so much a novel as a journey through the mind and soul of Henri and Villanelle, through the real and ephemeral Venice, through history and imagination While containing a solid narrative, it delves into the psyche and spirit of the writer and her characters Read it once and you are trapped Read it twice and you gladly relinq There is little I can say about this book that does not border on gushing, but I ll try The Passion is perhaps one of the most amazing stories I have ever read It is not so much a novel as a journey through the mind and soul of Henri and Villanelle, through the real and ephemeral Venice, through history and imagination While containing a solid narrative, it delves into the psyche and spirit of the writer and her characters Read it once and you are trapped Read it twice and you gladly relinquish your freedom The story follows Henri, cook and horse groomsman for Napoleon Bonaparte, as the conqueror s army moves across Europe and Henri discovers that life is so muchthan working for the highly particular self styled overlord We also meet Villanelle, a wonderful Venetian who makes gender seems as fluid as the water in the canals of La Serenissima Through the consequence of Fate these two meet at one point, and their lives, strange and wonderful already, are never to be the same In the midst of it all, Love is explored as a force of creation and destruction, as that unique impetus that can make or break a person, and how it is all one and the same This is the fourth time I have read it, and every single time it casts the same spell on me, sucking me into the world that the pages, only letting me go after a fierce struggle What I love about The Passion is that, after four times around the block, it still captivates and surprises me With each reading, it reveals a new layer you did not see the time before, and only hints at all the wonderful mysteries it still holds for you It is exhilarating to think that there is so much still waiting for me there, whenever I come back And come back to it I will This is a book that is not so much read as experienced by the time the last page is turned, you are a different being Revel in it.May 16, 2013 Read it overnight, a fifth time, and still love it as much as ever