Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body
I admit, I may have expected too much from the novel, knowing that it is Jeanette Winterson’s fictionalized account of her affair with the late literary agent Pat Kavanagh while still married to novelist Julian Barnes. And while there are instances of luminous prose (the part where the protagonist meditates on the meaning of the lover’s anatomy is particularly beautiful) I found the novel self-indulgent and stale over all. There’s a great degree of self-satisfied inaction, like the narrator somehow find romance in the idea of a pining lover.
Okay, I’ll be honest. I really just wanted more details about one of the big scandals that rocked the London literary establishment. Heh.