Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry, Bloomsbury, 1989
“Every journey conceals another journey within its lines; the path not taken and the forgotten angle. (...) The pineapple arrived today. Jordan carried it in his arms as though it were a yellow baby. With the wisdom of Solomon he prepared to slice it in two.“
In the reign of Charles the Second, the first pineapple came to England. Who brought it and why? Pineapples as metaphor is not the only fruit to be both real and imaginary. This is a story which ebulliently rejects any single reading of history or life and revels in the multiplicity of truth and time.