‘A child born of chance might imagine that Chance was its father, in the way that gods fathered children, and then abandoned them, without a backward glance, but with one small gift. I wondered if a gift had been left for me. I had no idea where to look, or what I was looking for, but I know now that all important journeys start that way.’
Motherless and anchorless, Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse. Pew tells Silver ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of ties that bind and of the slippages that occur throughout every life. One life, Babel Dark’s, a 19th-century clergyman, 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 longing, stories of unending journeys that move through places and times, and the bleak finality of the shores of betrayal. But finally,
“I love you. The most difficult words in the world. But what else can I say?” 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. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation and this shows her at her lyrical best.
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"...brilliant, glittering piece of work that makes you gasp out loud at the sheer beauty of the language." -- Independent
"A marvellously skilful juggling act of ideas and emotion ...Winterson's prodigious talent brings the book alive." -- Evening Standard
"An entrancing, gleaming crystal of a book, which left me bereft when it was over." -- Independent on Sunday
"This blasted maritime setting is a triumph.You want to savour every salt-decayed description..." -- Guardian
'Dark's passion for Molly, Silver's passion for her unnamed lover have a transporting, transcendent quality that is all Winterson's own.' -- Daily Telegraph
'Flashes of brilliance and her confidence in her idiom is impressive.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Perfect for storm-tossed lovers everywhere.' -- Daily Mail
'Poetic and funny' -- Mail on Sunday
'Such a delight.... Perfect for curling up with on dark, lonely nights.' -- Daily Express
'Winterson has reverted to the accessible narrative of works such as The Passion. Lighthousekeeping is all the better for it.' -- Michele Roberts, Financial Times
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.
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Book Description Fourth Estate Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7181515
Book Description Fourth Estate, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007181515