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Lighthousekeeping
Lighthousekeeping | Jeanette Winterson
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Motherless and anchorless, red-headed Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, located at the isolated northwestern tip of Scotland. Pew teaches her to man the light but more importantly he tells her ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of ties that bind and of the slippages that occur throughout every life, not least those of the local inhabitants. One local, Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman who loved one woman but married another, opens like a map that Silver must follow. Caught in her own particular darknesses, she embarks on an Ulyssean sift through the stories we tell ourselves, stories of love and loss, of passion and regret, stories of unending journeys that move through places and times, and the bleak finality of the shores of betrayal. A story of mutability, of talking birds and stolen books, of Darwin and Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, Lighthousekeeping is a way in to the rooms of our own that we secretly inhabit and the lighthouses we strive towards. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation and this shows her at her lyrical best. From the Hardcover edition.
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annamatopoetry
Lighthousekeeping | Jeanette Winterson
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I have opinions! Do you?
I couldn't find any even finish The Gap of Time, didn't enjoy Daylight Gate until halfway through, was never as riveted by oranges and written as everyone else and... Victim blaming isn't any more palatable when the victim is yourself; I couldn't really stomach her autobiography. But the ones that I love? I love more than almost any other books.

emtobiasz Ooh, interesting! I love Written on the Body, as it was my introduction to Winterson, and I haven‘t gotten to all the ones you lost here. Otherwise, pretty spot on 👍 4mo
annamatopoetry @emtobiasz Written and Oranges were my intro to her too! I was unimpressed until a friend insisted that I read The World and Other Places and I was stuck! I saw that I missed some when I was looking up her bibliography though, so I should get to them. 4mo
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TheBee
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Hump day book haul!
4 books, 4 dollars and they were all on my #tbr list.
Anyone read one of these?
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#humpday #bookhaul #happyeaster #louisehay #ruthware #jennywhite #jeanettewinterson #bookworm #buecherwurm

JanuarieTimewalker13 You Can Heal Your Life is good, but the DVD is better!! It was more interesting to me. (edited) 8mo
TheBee @JanuarieTimewalker13 oh! I didn‘t know about the DVD. Will check it out. Thank you 🐣 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 You‘re welcome!! It really helped me through a difficult time!! I must have watched it 10 times! 8mo
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TheBee @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m glad to hear! I hope you are in a good place now 💪🏻 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you....Haha...hmmm, let‘s say I was in a better place after and before...I had 7 good years after NHL, then I fainted and fell off a step and broke my hip, super humid, hot day. My advice: stay hydrated and fed. 8mo
TheBee @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m so sorry to hear!! That must have been traumatic. Sending you all my love! 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Awhhh, thank you. Yes, it has cut into my joie de vivre, because I‘m such a walker and physical type. I try to look on the bright side and say at least I didn‘t hit my head. A hip can be replaced (not easily) but a head can‘t. Lol 8mo
Suet624 I dip into Hay‘s work often. I didn‘t know there was a DVD either! @JanuarieTimewalker13 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Suet624 if you like her, you‘ll like that DVD. There are a lot of people in it. I have to revisit myself, it‘s been years. 8mo
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Lindy
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March was sedate on the reading front, since I was out & about so much while in Japan. One night in Tokyo, jetlag kept me wide awake while I reread the tagged book, brought along as a gift for @shawnmooney .
I started to really miss the hours in a day that I normally spend reading, so much so that I started to read in brief bursts on my phone while my travelling companion was taking photos. “Are you reading again?!?” I got busted several times.

emtobiasz Tagged book is one of my favorites ❤️ 8mo
Lindy @emtobiasz 😁👍 8mo
KathyR I only recall busting you once 😉. 8mo
Lindy @KathyR 😘🤗 (edited) 8mo
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MelleDelValle
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Shivers.

Fridameetslucy Was going to@order in audible but I think I need to hold this book in my hands. 8mo
MelleDelValle It‘s my favourite book of all time ! 8mo
MelleDelValle I agree! 8mo
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cariashley
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#coffeecrullerbook is becoming a weekend theme for me 😋

Zelma Not a bad theme to continue! 10mo
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HannaPolkadots
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Rereading this gem of a book while enjoying summer in September 🧡

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Emilymdxn
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Look at this beauty!! 😍🌺😍🌺😍🌺😍

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BestDogDad
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June reading wrap-up! Seven is a great month for me. I really liked all of these and I really don‘t have a favorite. It was fun to experience the combo platter of the book and 1959 movie version of On The Beach. Both deliciously sad and somber. #JuneWrapUp

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BestDogDad
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Lighthousekeeping jumps back and forth between the story of Silver, and orphan living with a blind lighthouse keeper in Scotland in modern times, and Babel Dark, who lived in the mid-1800s. Throw in some neat appearances by Charles Darwin and Robert Louis Stevenson and some wonderfully weird and thought-provoking situations and you have an engaging bit of fiction. I really like the way Winterson writes, sometimes poetically and always eloquent.

saresmoore Sounds great! 1y
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BestDogDad
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How neat! Winterson‘s character, clergyman Babel Dark, meets Charles Darwin who consoles him because On the Origin Of Species puts Babel in a funk.

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BestDogDad
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I‘m really enjoying Jeanette‘s melancholy tale. 😞

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BestDogDad
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I love the way she writes.

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ReadingEnvy
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#bookhaul from McKays 3/4
I may have this one already but maybe not hardback? I love Jeanette Winterson.

emtobiasz This one is so lovely. 2y
saresmoore Very nice. 2y
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Lindy
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Stairway inside a #lighthouse in Portugal. Book with #lighthouse inside the title, by one of my favourite authors. 😊⚓️

@RealLifeReading

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Bibliogeekery
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". . .you had seen the turtles hatch in the sand. Not many of them make it out to the sea, and once there, the sharks are waiting for them. Days disappear and get swallowed up much like that, but the ones like these, the ones that make it, swim out and return for the rest of your life." ❤️

JillMoore1226 Pretty pic!! 3y
Lindy Jeanette Winterson 💜💜💜 3y
BookishMarginalia Love the cover! 3y
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Bibliogeekery @Lindy - isn't she just the best?? I revisit her stuff frequently. 3y
tojuxtapose SECOND FAVORITE AUTHOR. 3y
BookladyOnTheMove Love, love love her! 3y
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emtobiasz
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For #recommendsday I'm giving you Lighthousekeeping, my favorite by Jeanette Winterson. Her books revel in their unusual, sometimes disjointed narration, but if you can work through that she'll reward you with a beautiful tale on the power of stories to help us through loss and love.

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tojuxtapose
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"This one, when he had been waiting for her, and when he had seen her before she had seen him, and he was able to watch her, as only strangers can and lovers long to do."