Review: The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson


Summary (from Goodreads):

A glimpse into unlikely love braved in the face of the void. On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet-pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world’s story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they-and we-ever find a safe landing place? Of immense imaginary and emotional scope, The Stone Gods is Jeanette Winterson at her prescient, playful, muscular best. An interplanetary love story, a traveller’s tale, a hymn to the beauty of the world, this is a novel that will change forever the stories we tell about the earth, about love and about stories themselves.



This was a novel given to me by a friend. All she said was, “Read it. Then we’ll talk.” It took several tries, mostly because I was distracted by work, but once I was able to focus and got past the first few pages, I could not put it down. And now weeks after completing it, there are times that I find myself thinking about it … again and again.

While it’s mainly about the love story between Spike and Billie, it is also an ode to earth, to stories, and our interconnectedness through time and space. Except for bits that I didn’t see the need for, the remainder of the novel is amazing. Winterson’s command and manipulation of the language is incredible! There are lovely jewels of wisdom, and I’m not exaggerating, that appear unexpectedly that halt the reading because of their sheer beauty and insight.

If you are interested in science fiction or just want a read that’s a little different, that will take you out of your comfort zone, then this novel is highly recommended!



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