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/ Key title From one of Britain's best-loved literary novelists comes a magical, lyrical tale of the young orphan Silver, taken in by the ancient lighthousekeeper Mr. Pew, who reveals to her a world of myth and mystery through the art of storytelling. / An absorbing tale of love and loss from one of Britain's most extraordinary, imaginative and energetic literary voices. / Has already sold an impressive 15,000 hardbacks since publication in May. / Press advertising campaign for the paperback will attract new readers to her most accessible and enjoyable novel in recent years. / Includes a fascinating PS section with an author interview, an exclusive essay on the book and recommendations for further reading.
Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester in 1959. She read English at Oxford University before writing her first novel, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, which was published in 1985.
The ever-inventive Winterson tells the story of orphaned Silver, who hears remarkable (and highly instructive) tales about a troubled clergyman from Mr. Pew, the blind lighthouse keeper who becomes her guardian. With a seven-city tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
`The importance of stories, the urge to create ourselves through stories, is one of Winterson's abiding themes, along with the supremacy, the redemptive power of love.' Daily Telegraph `A marvelously skilful juggling act of ideas and emotion ... Winterson's prodigious talent brings the book alive.' Evening Standard `The power of Lighthousekeeping is in ... the pared-down precision of its language, each word smoothed into a finely polished pebble.' Observer
It's hard to believe that Winterson's latest novel is even more lightweight than her previous one, The PowerBook, but here an orphan's romantic memories of growing up in a Scottish lighthouse are stretched to the limit with coy aphorisms. When her mother is blown away-literally possible on the savage Atlantic coast of Salts, Scotland-young Silver is sent to live with the lighthouse keeper at Cape Wrath, kind blind old Pew, who spins yarns, especially one about an early minister of Salts, Babel Dark, a Jekyll-and-Hyde type who's acquainted with contemporaries Darwin and Robert Louis Stevenson, and who cruelly betrays the woman he loves twice. When Silver grows up, Pew is discharged from his lighthouse duties in the name of progress, and trusty Silver sets off to look for him, ending up in Capri obsessed with a talking bird. Winterson attempts several stories within stories, switching narrators frequently, and relies heavily on the metaphor of storytelling as elucidation. While Dark's hubris is duly gothic, and the fondness between Silver and Pew touching, the narrative overall feels weightless, without cohesion or fixed purpose. Some of Winterson's off-kilter reflections on love and storytelling are striking, but too many have become convenient truisms: "A beginning, a middle and an end is the proper way to tell a story. But I have difficulty with that method." Agent, Suzanne Gluck at William Morris. 6-city author tour. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.