Boating for Beginners

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

  • Title: Boating for Beginners
  • Author: Jeanette Winterson
  • ISBN: 9780749391515
  • Page: 356
  • 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.

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    1. Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, published in 1985 She graduated from St Catherine s College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora Press.One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Jeanette Winterson was named as one of the 20 Best of Young British Writers in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council Her novels include Boating for Beginners 1985 , published shortly after Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and described by the author as a comic book with pictures The Passion 1987 , twin narratives following the adventures of the web footed daughter of a Venetian gondolier and Napoleon s chicken chef Sexing the Cherry 1989 , an 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 Written on the Body 1992 , Art and Lies 1994 and Gut Symmetries 1997 She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The World and Other Places 1998 , and a book of essays about art and culture, Art Objects, published in 1995 Her novel The PowerBook 2000 she adapted for the National Theatre in 2002 Jeanette Winterson s work is published in 28 countries Her latest novel is The Battle of the Sun 2009 She has also edited Midsummer Nights 2009 , a collection of stories inspired by opera, by contemporary writers, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera She adapted Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for BBC television in 1990, and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC2 in 1994 She is also editor of a series of new editions of novels by Virginia Woolf published in the UK by Vintage She is a regular contributor of reviews and articles to many newspapers and journals and has a regular column published in The Guardian Her radio drama includes the play Text Message, broadcast by BBC Radio in November 2001 The King of Capri 2003 and Tanglewreck 2006 are children s stories Lighthousekeeping 2004 , centres on the orphaned heroine Silver, taken in by the keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, Mr Pew, whose stories of love and loss, passion and longing, are interwoven in the narrative Her most recent book is The Battle of the Sun 2009 Jeanette Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London In 2006, she was awarded an OBE.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 wo [...]

    4. "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 Beginn [...]

    5. 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 beli [...]

    6. 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, [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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

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

    10. 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.

    11. 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: Yahwe [...]

    12. 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 d [...]

    13. 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 th [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. This book is another take on the story of Noah - no more 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, [...]

    16. 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 absur [...]

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. 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.

    20. 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.

    21. 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!

    22. 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.

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

    24. 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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