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Old 12th Aug 2005, 21:29   #12
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Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights; the accumulations of a lifetime gather there. In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the letters feel like braille. I like to keep my body rolled up away from prying eyes. Never unfold too much, tell the whole story. I didn't know Louise would have reading hands. She has translated me into her own book.
That of course is from Written On The Body by Jeanette Winterson.
I am pleased and quite surprised to see that my local branch library has Winterson's full line-up on the shelves. You should see some of the stuff in here...
I like this book very much indeed, superb writing. Winterson's voice is hauntingly clear and beautiful. Also lonely somehow, maybe that's the 'haunting' part. I'm reminded of the soloist in a children's choir.
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