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In Suki, Suniti Namjoshi weaves a witty and delightful tapestry from threads of longing, loss, memory, metaphor, and contemplation. Taken as a whole, the picture she draws is a stunning evocation of the love and friendship shared between herself and her super cat, Suki, a lilac Burmese. Suki suggests that she could be a goddess, and Namjoshi her high priestess. Namjoshi declines, but as they discuss the merits of vegetarianism, the meaning of happiness, war, morality, or just daily life, it becomes clear that the bond between them is a deep and complex one. Namjoshi figures the days of Sukis life as leaves, which fall vividly but irrevocably into times stream and are recollected with a wild tenderness by a grieving Namjoshi, who learns through the discipline of meditation how to lose what is most loved.
One of the most distinctive lesbian-feminist voices of the late twentieth century, Suniti Namjoshi, best known for her many poems and fables, is highly respected as one of the pioneers of womens writing in India. This beautiful narrative, both memoir and elegy, offers solace and celebration to everyone who has felt the trust that passes between a person and a beloved creature.
Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of Gods elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
In this delightful book, the reader is invited to overhear a series of playful, sharp philosophical debates between the author and her beloved cat. To Suki—a sulky, silky feline who believes she is a goddess—her owner is simply her high priestess”, there to do her bidding. To Suniti—a writer, poet, fabulist and feminist icon—Suki is a stroppy cat who talks too much.” But as they discuss the merits of vegetarianism, or the meaning of happiness, or war, or morality or any topic under the sun, it soon becomes clear that the bond between human and animal is a deep, complex and loving one. Far more than a personal memoir about a dearly departed pet, Suki is a philosophical novel, full of tender wisdom. It is a unique exploration of the relationship between human and animal.
Readers who have enjoyed J. R. Ackerleys My Dog Tulip, Nilanjana Roys The Wildings, or Paul Austers Timbuktu, will fall in love with the maddening, lovable, unique character that is Suki as seen through the eyes of Suniti Namjoshi, her companion, fellow-traveller and one of the foremost women writers of her generation.
Winner of the prestigious Whitbread Prize for best first novel and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best writer under 35, this modern classic has sold 100,000 copies in the United States. The novel chronicles the life of a bright and rebellious orphan who is adopted into an Evangelical household in the dour, industrial Midlands. Her insistence on listening to the truths of her own heart and mind makes for an unforgettable chronicle of an eccentric, moving rite of passage into adulthood.
Innovative in style, its humour by turns punchy and tender, Jeanette Wintersons first novel, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession. Its a love story, too. Wintersons adaptation of the novel was an internationally acclaimed television drama awarded a BAFTA for best drama and an RTS award in the same year; the Prix Italia; FIPA DArgent at Cannes for best script; The Golden Gate in San Francisco and an ACE Award at the Los Angeles television festival.
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed author Suniti Namjoshi is an important figure in contemporary Indian literature in English. Born in Mumbai in 1941, she first wrote and published in India, then moved to Canada before settling in a small seaside village in the southwest of England with her beloved cat Suki and
Table of Contents
Part I: A Memoir
1. A Fearful Wight
3. Rules and Commandments
4. A Moral Animal
5. The Spaceship
8. The Summit of her Ambition
9. Renaissance Entity
Part II: The Vipassana Trek
10. The Menagerie
11. Gambolling on the Grass
12. The Mouse Hole
14. An Indian Story
15. Clever Monkey
16. The Story Fest
17. The Return
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