Lighthousekeeping epub –

Lighthousekeeping Tells The Tale Of Silver My Mother Called Me Silver I Was Born Part Precious Metal, Part Pirate , An Orphaned Girl Who Is Taken In By Blind Mr Pew, The Mysterious And Miraculously Old Keeper Of A Lighthouse On The Scottish Coast Pew Tells Silver Stories Of Babel Dark, A Nineteenth Century Clergyman Dark Lived Two Lives A Public One Mired In Darkness And Deceit And A Private One Bathed In The Light Of Passionate Love For Silver, Dark S Life Becomes A Map Through Her Own Darkness, Into Her Own Story, And, Finally, Into LoveOne Of The Most Original And Extraordinary Writers Of Her Generation, Jeanette Winterson Has Created A Modern Fable About The Transformative Power Of Storytelling

10 thoughts on “Lighthousekeeping

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    Yesterday I finally stepped out of the enchanted circle in La Mancha where I d spent the last three weeks, and I thought about perhaps and maybe and possibly attempting to read another book, a different book, but sadly not an enchanted book because I had no such books, and I wasn t happy about that.So I picked this book My initial feeling was that there couldn t be two books as diametrically opposed as Don Quixote and Lighthousekeeping One is set in the sun filled plains of early seventeenth century Spain and treats of the adventures of chivalric knights and fair ladies, the other is set in mid twentieth century Scotland among the sailors and fisherfolk of a wind blown, cliff perched town on a rocky coast one is rich in words and chapters and volumes, the other as sparely written as if every word had cost a small fortune and must do the work of a hundred.Then I came to page 107 of Jeanette Winterson s book, and the phrase Only connect Suddenly I was propelled out of the book I was reading and into other books I d read in the past, into Forster and Woolf, and much to my surprise, right back to Cervantes That subtle prompt had made me realise that Lighthousekeeping is full of stories just as Cervantes great epic is full of stories, and that one of the main stories Winterson chooses to tell is none other than The Man Who Was Recklessly Curious , the long short story inserted into the first volume of Don Quixote It took me a while to see the connection between the two versions but when I did, it was abundantly clear both versions tell of men who have found love but who can t be content until their unreasonable jealousies have turned their love into loss Both books are also divided into distinct halves, the second half, though very different from the first in each case, nevertheless expands and continues the first Only connect Both books are concerned with the repeated sallying forth of their heroes, towards new adventures in one, towards new beginnings in the other And there is a certain enchantment in Lighthousekeeping after all solid becomes liquid, silver becomes mercury, light becomes dark, Jekyll becomes Hyde.But those unexpected parallels between the two titles aren t the only coincidence around the reading of this book If I picked up Lighthousekeeping yesterday, it s because I recently found it shelved among books I read years ago Only connect When I found it, I remembered why I had bought it I had been to a book reading where Jeanette Winterson spoke about her writing and read from some of her work One of the things she read was the first few pages of Lighthousekeeping She explained a little of how she came to write it and spoke of the care she d taken with word choices, that if a story is set on a rocky coast, then the imagery must be that of ships and the sea and the wind Until I read it for myself, I could never have appreciated how beautifully she followed that plan and how well it works This book is as petite and enchanting as the fossilized impression of a seahorse If I could keep it in my pocket, I would Only connect As a result of reading this book, I must now read The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde I love when one book leads to another.

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    Tell me a story, reader.What story About reading this book and what it means.Okay, then I will tell you about light and dark, sun and shadows, about the power of story telling in times of despair, about how two different people can inhabit the same person, like Jekyll and Hyde and about how sometimes fate throws in a curve and brings us full circle.If you have read this you will understand the above sentences, if not I ll just say, Winterson is often challenging, beautiful sentences, mixed with the frustration of trying to understand what she is trying to convey Non linear, not at all straightforward strytelling,, fragmented thoughts and paragraphs with many side roads and detours, like reading an Ali Smith novel Yet, put together an amazing story and a different way of telling one Brilliant in ways, but definitely not for everyone As Pew tells Silver, Never rely on what you can see Not everything can be seen.

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    An extraordinary, lyrical book that is about the power of storytelling in and about our lives Other themes are light dark blindness literal and metaphorical , outcasts, and the contrast between permanence and immobility symbolised by the lighthouse and change people and the sea.The fictional characters one of whom has strong parallels with Winterson see below have some interaction with real characters and their works Darwin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Wagner , and a broadly realistic story is sprinkled with slightly fairytale like qualities, especially at the start, which also has comical aspects Yet somehow, Winterson conjures this odd medley into something coherent, beautiful and profound.PLOTThere are two main narrative strands, both set in the small and remote Scottish village of Salts, and its lighthouse mysterious Victorian priest, Babel Dark, and Silver, a girl orphaned in 1969 Silver is the narrator, and the opening chapters reminded me of a Roald Dahl s children s story she and her shamed mother live outside the village, in a house cut into the hill such that it has a sloping floor, furniture has to be nailed down, they can only eat food that stuck to the plate , and their dog has developed back legs shorter than the front.A tragi comic accident leaves Silver an orphan After a short spell with a Dahlian spinster, she goes to live with Pew the blind lighthousekeeper, and the book loses the comedy, but retains some magic Some of the light went out of me, it seemed proper that I should go and live in a place where all the light shone outwards NARRATIVE STRUCTURE, STORIES, STORYTELLINGDon t expect a single, linear narrative of a consistent style A beginning, a middle and an end is the proper way to tell a story But I have difficulty with that method It doesn t matter because The continuous narrative of existence is a lie there are lit up moments, and the rest is dark Pew is a master storyteller, and Silver weaves his stories into the one she is telling The boundaries of fact and fiction are often blurred within her world as in this book itself, with its mention of real historical figures Pew will describe doing something that happened before he was born, and when challenged, dismisses it as his second sight or well, the Pew that was born then , whilst retaining the suggestion that in some mysterious way it was actually him.Perhaps part of the reasons for Silver s blending of fact and fiction was prompted by this a psychiatrist defines psychosis as being out of touch with reality, and her response is Since then, I have been trying to find out what reality is, so that I can touch it The musings on stories are the most lyrical and magical aspects, and suggest the tangled ways in which they thread through our lives In fairy stories, naming is knowledge and that is reflected in this story in several key ways.Most stories never finish, There was an ending there always is but the story went on past the ending it always does Similarly, There s no story that s the start of itself, any than a child comes into the world without parents All the stories must be told Maybe all stories are worth hearing, but not all stories are worth telling The stories themselves make the meaning If you had forty minutes to tell your life story, what would you say This isn t a long book, but there s than forty minutes worth The final chapters are overtly philosophical, with less actual story I think they re none the worse for that, but some may be disconcerted by the chane SILVER AS WINTERSON Winterson s first book, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit , was explicitly a fictionalised version of her childhood, and recently, she published the factual Why be Happy when you Could be Normal , but there are many aspects of Winterson in this as well an orphan born in 1959, who finds solace in stories and libraries, had to grow up on my own , and forges her own life Some of the problems Silver encounters in later life also echo Winterson s own view spoiler e.g consultations with mental health professionals hide spoiler

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    I kind of wanted to like this than I did I really love Winterson s writing, and her language here is as beautiful as ever The problem I had with the novel is that it felt that there were several stories going on here, none of which were ever fully fleshed out or made real to me I greatly enjoyed reading it, but when I finished I didn t feel like I had read a full novel instead, it felt like a series of vignettes waiting to be fleshed out.

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    I am a glass man, but there is no light in me that can shine across the sea I shall lead no one home, save no lives, not even my own My second time reading Lighthousekeeping It s a beautiful quiet tale that begins in a lighthouse in Scotland, with Pew and an orphan named Silver in the 1800s Though not rich in plot, this story focuses on people and our different sides, and the stories we tell to both ourselves and each other Telling stories within a story The main story we hear from Pew is about a man called Babel Dark and the two lives he lives Darkness was a presence I learned to see in it, I learned to see through it, and I learned to see the darkness of my own Robert Louis Stevenson and Darwin also both make appearances The writing in this book is wonderful it enthrals and completely transports you I find a kind of peace when I go into this tale, and it s one I will return to again and again Don t regret your life child, it will pass soon enough

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    I read Lighthousekeeping thanks to a recommendation of an editor I met some time ago and I still remember when she said to me you have to read this book because it has something special that I know you ll appreciate The truth is that I had never read any of the books of Jeanette Winterson, but the words of the publisher made me feel very curious.The story caught me instantly The book was almost like a love at first sight, in which each of the pages dragged me like a giant octopus into the depths of this gentle character, innocent and yet strangely unsettling Lighthouse keeping is an unpretentious novel but full of a subtle narrative and deep characters had made that this book becomes one of my favorite ones I recommend it to all those readers who like diving into simple stories, almost like a fairy tale, but full of subtleties, fuzzy feelings, and subtle thoughts For me, it s a little gem of the contemporary literature.Spanish version Le la ni a del faro gracias a la recomendaci n de una editora que conoc hace tiempo Recuerdo que me dijo tienes que leer este libro porqu tiene algo especial que te encantar La verdad es que no hab a le do nunca nada de la autora Jeanette Winterson pero las palabras de la editora me picaron mucho la curiosidad.Me atrap al instante El libro fue casi como un enamoramiento a primera vista, en que cada una de las p ginas me arrastraba como un pulpo gigante a las profundidades de un personaje tierno, inocente y a la vez, extra amente inquietante La ni a del Faro es una novela sin demasiadas pretensiones pero su narraci n y personajes han hecho que se convierta en uno de mis libros favoritos Lo recomiendo a todos aquellos a qui n les guste zambullirse en historias sencillas, casi como si fueran cuentos, pero repletas de sutilezas, sensaciones difusas y sutiles pensamientos Para m es una peque a joya de la literatura contempor nea.

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    Love is an unarmed intruder I don t care what anybody says, nobody writes like Jeanette Winterson I have read quite a few books from Winterson now, and I can safely say she is certainly one of my favourite authors.Even at times where I lost track of the plot a little and I trailed off course, I still enjoyed the writing It is powerful and mystifying and it s like just a mere sentence from this author, can speak to my soul.This book was not as strong as Written on the body or The Passion but that is not a complaint This book was stunning in it s own beautiful way, and it reminds me why Winterson seems to effortlessly take my breath away, with every book she has written There was an ending there always is but the story went on past the ending it always does.

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    really can t get enough of winterson this is a delicious little book, very easy to readi finished it in a day favorite excerpts What should I do about the wild and the tame The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home I want to be held I don t want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights I don t want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me I want to be with you I know that the real things in life, things I remember, the things I turn over in my hands, are not houses, are not houses, bank accounts, prizes or promotions What I remember is love all love love of this dirt road, this sunrise, a day by the river, the stranger I met in a cafe Myself, even, which is the hardest thing to love, because love and selfishness are not the same thing It is easy to be selfish It is hard to love who I am No wonder I am surprised if you do I looked back at you These moments that are talismans and treasure Cumulative deposits our fossil record and the beginnings of what happens next They are the beginning of a story, and the story we will always tell.

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    4 Nobody writes quite like Jeanette Winterson Even when I lose the plot literally, which I did, I enjoy reading her It s a mix of stories, and I m not sure I got all the connections I enjoyed the blend for the first three quarters of the book but seemed to drift off at the end Still, she s a 4 read 10 year old Silver and her single mum live in a house on a hillside so steep that they sleep in hammocks and eat food that will stick to the plate peas roll away forever , and they tie themselves together to get up to the house When Silver is orphaned, she is fostered out in the tiny village of Salts to Pew, a blind lighthouse keeper Yes, blind But he says to her once, You have the handicap of sight, it s true Never rely on what you can see Not everything can be seen She falls in love with Pew s stories, with books and the library, which she s not allowed to join She is so frustrated at borrowers checking out books she s only started, that she finally steals one.Alongside this story, we follow the tale of Babel Dark, a philandering preacher in Salts in the 1800s who, much to the delight of Charles Darwin, discovers fossils high on the seaside cliffs, evidence that supports Darwin s The Origin of Species, leading to fame for the village Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous author Treasure Island, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was the grandson of Robert Stevenson who built this and other lighthouses, which opens up discussion about lighthouses and the nature of man the light and the dark.On the whole, a mystifying, thought provoking book. P.S An example of her style from near the end, in Silver s adulthood The boat was vacuum packed with Albanians, four generations to a family great grandmother, air dried like a chilli pepper, deep red skin and a hot temper grandmother, all sun dried tomato, tough, chewy, skin split with the heat getting the kids to rub olive oil into her arms mother, moist as a purple fig, open everywhere blouse, skirt, mouth, eyes, a wide open woman, lips licking the salt spray flying from the open boat Then there were the kids, aged four and six, a couple of squirts, zesty as lemons Love it

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    This is exactly the kind of morose and drilling of the fact that life is impermanent exercise that I probably dislike far than 90% of other poor writing experiments for every degree of word craft and skill in their telling.Yes, it is poetic at times and the story, when it was there or re arrived, held an interest or two But as I noted in the comment written as I approached the very end not a fan Do I lack imagination Most probably Do I like structure in a tale about tales Absolutely.She can write And I ve liked some of her stuff when she sticks to a structure.