Written on the Body Like Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit , which had a hugely successful TV adaptation, Jeanette Winterson's new book, Written on the Body , has… Fiction
Book Review

Written on the Body

EW's GRADE
A

Details Writer: Jeanette Winterson; Genre: Fiction

Like Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which had a hugely successful TV adaptation, Jeanette Winterson's new book, Written on the Body, has its telegenic moments. The narrator's brief romances with a zookeeper and a Dutch anarcho-feminist who plants bombs in public toilets are straight out of Monty Python. But when he/she (the gender is never revealed) falls deeply in love with a fragile redhead, farce gives way to a deadly serious display of literary talent. Winterson broods entertainingly about passion, loyalty, beauty, disease, and decay in a language that draws on Donne, Shakespeare, snippets from anatomy texts, and her own unabashed sexiness. A tour de force, with bravado and heart. A

Originally posted Feb 26, 1993 Published in issue #159 Feb 26, 1993 Order article reprints