Art & Lies Paperback – 1996
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This book, however. is an unfortunate mess. I hate giving authors I truly like such a lousy rating, but in this case it's unavoidable.
One of the blurbs on the book cover speaks to a "writer writing about something terribly important", which may in fact be the case, if only one could figure out just what it is. It's really a shame as the concept is intriguing-the execution is the problem.
Winterson is a master of the use of language, usually leaving the reader painting vivid-though often very unsettling-mental pictures to accompany the text. Here however the text is so dense, the characterizations so obscure, the thought process so complex that one can-and often does-- read and reread a passage several time, still emerging with no real idea what is going on.
Everyone has a bad day now and then-and with this effort, Winterson has definitely had hers. This is truly an author worth reading but this effort should be skipped.
A train goes careening down the tracks, carrying several passengers with catchy names: Handel, Picasso, and Sapho. Another surfaces, Ms. Doll Snodpiece, who also has a train connection to these three. These characters' lives all intersect as the story wends it way along to its smashing conclusion. This author is extremely talented, and has characteristically set the work in a fresh new way. It contains some mesmerizingly beautiful prose, which is also characteristic of this author. Also typical is the strong character development, and the bits of philosophy and wisdom inherent in the story.
It is difficult to admit, because this wonderful author and her books have dazzled me in the past, but this work lost its momentum about halfway through. It took a long time to find the wherewithal to finish this book but, to quote my friend Angie: "it redeemed itself in the end." Other books she has written have dazzled me much more, however. Recommended -- but please consider: Written on the Body, The Passion, and Sexing the Cherry by the same author, which are all MUCH better books.
Most recent customer reviews
Thank you, Ms Winterson, for this beautiful journey. It is truly extraordinary when a writer reaches into my past and puts words to emotions I've never spoken aloud. Read morePublished on July 18 2001 by Amazon Customer
Rather than attempt to develop a plot, after delivering the initial hooks of characterization, Winterson proceeds to muddle around in their depressingly disorganized perspectives... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2001 by AuralWreath
A friend gave "Art & Lies" to me saying that the book was "most definitely for me." It has become one of my favorite books. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by N. Imbracsio
Two of Jeannette Winterson's books have changed my life. I am absolutely moved to tears when I read "The Passion" or "Written on the Body". Read morePublished on June 23 2000
As the subtitle suggests, this novel hinges on a metaphor of four-part musical harmony. Like music, it does not need to be "about" anything. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2000
I am compelled to say that Art and Lies is by far the most inspiring book I have read by an author of our day. To give this book justice, one must read it more than once. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2000 by Kwan-Yin
I've read all of Jeanette's books, including her two screenplays, her book of essays, her comic book, and collection of short stories. Read morePublished on Dec 1 1998
THis book is a little complicated in the beginning, but once you stay with it, you won't be able to put it down. You'll want to dog-ear pages and highlight pages as I did. Read morePublished on June 20 1998