The Gap of Time

The Gap of Time

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The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's "late plays." It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited. In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780804141369
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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Nicr Nov 30, 2016

This is a Winterson tale as well as a Shakespearean one, full of betrayal and fluid sexuality and lyricism and forgiveness. Most of all, it's preoccupied with time--its conflations and losses and redemptions. Time can be redeemed, both authors insist. "And what is memory but a rope slung across time?"

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wyenotgo
Jun 28, 2016

Winterson has craftily adapted Shakespeare's somewhat ambiguous Winter's Tale into a believable modern day story. She explores on one hand our human tendency toward self-destruction and on the other hand the possibility of forgiveness -- all of it done with her own unique and glorious wordplay. The book is full of little gems: "It takes so little time to change a lifetime and it takes a lifetime to understand the change". And her re-telling of the Oedipus story in the scatological vernacular of Autolucus is an absolute hoot! Time and again, I found myself flipping back and re-reading sections that are so stunningly written. In fact, I will probably go back and re-read the entire book before long. The most enjoyable thing I've read so far this year.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

I'm so glad Jeanette Winterson got to do this retelling of The Winter's Tale. For those of you unfamiliar with Winterson's biography, Winterson was adopted by a strict, Pentecostal couple in Manchester in 1960. Given this, Winterson brings real emotional warmth and depth to the characters in this story, which really brightened my enjoyment of the original story. While I may not have appreciated some of the exact renditions of the characters ("MiMi" [Hermione] the French pop star and "Xeno" [Polixenes] the queer video game designer), all of the right character emotions and motivations were there to make this a really wonderful read. Having read other Winterson novels, this is her best execution of character I've seen. A real triumph, and a very promising start for the Hogarth project.

KateHillier Jan 21, 2016

I'm really liking this idea of remixing Shakespeare plays and I'm glad that they picked one of the less obvious ones to start with. "The Winter's Tale" is not one that many people remember aside from probably the best stage direction ever (Exit pursued by a bear) but I really liked this take on it.

There's fantastic diversity, great parallels, and it does a great job of making you care about a play that you don't really think about it. The author says this is an important play for her and you can tell as you read it - even without the author taking the time at the end to tell you why she loves this play so much.

We have lost children, mistaken identities, feuding families, all things that have been done before with Shakespeare. Leo is convinced his pregnant wife MiMi is cheating on him and that the child is actually their friend Xeno's. The child is raised by another family, she falls in love with someone who could be her brother, it's all been done before but like I say, it really makes you care.

"The Winter's Tale" is fortunately not a tragedy thus this is not either but that wonderful sense of things tying together stands like the play does in its original form. I'm not a huge fan of Shakespeare's comedies but I do like that aspect of them.

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sallyblyth
Jan 11, 2016

This is a fascinating re-telling of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale. Winterson's language is dreamlike in some places, angry and vindictive in others depending on the character who is speaking. This is a fine modernization of one of Shakespeare's last plays and is all about forgiveness.

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STELMASZEK
Dec 27, 2015

I would like to start off by saying this rendition of Shakespeare’s “The Winter Tale” was by far the bravest thing ever written. Jeanette Winterson managed to take a timeless classic and smoother it in modern times, characters and situations. There’s also a very subtle nods to “Back to the Future” here as well. The book opens with the original “The Winter Tale” so the readers can become familiar with at least the basic backbone of the story and jumps right into what I believe to be a strangled and doomed relationship from the start between to childhood friends, Leo and Xeno and how that are in fact both in love with the same woman, MiMi.

The jealousy between these 2 men nearly kills MiMi, results in the death of Leo and MiMi’s son, Milo and separates Leo and MiMi from each other and their Daughter Perdita for nearly 18 years. Perdita was taken away by a trusted friend of Leo to be taken to what he assumed was her father, by unfortunately was murdered along the way. Baby Perdita was placed in a baby hatch on the island of New Bohemia, in America. Two men witnessed the murder and are overwhelmed with grief by this, so they decide to take her to safety.

“Up ahead there’s a Black BMW 6 Series smashed full frontal into the wall. The doors are open both sides. Some small junky car is rammed into the back. Two hoods are beating a guy into the ground…I realize without realizing that I’ve got the tyre lever in my hand. I move without moving to pries open the hatch. It is easy. I lift out the baby and she’s as light as a star” [Chapter 1: Watery Star]

Fast Forward 17 years and the story really begins to pick up. Perdita is all grown up, Leo and Xeno are still business partners but rarely speak to each other and Leo and MiMi have been separated for quite a while. Perdita realized early on that she was adopted what with her father and brother being Black and she is very much White. Everything moving forward in this story takes a drastic turn at this point.

Over all, this story was very entertaining, albeit a little strange in the beginning, it was never difficult to follow and very difficult to put down

Bunny_Watson716 Dec 02, 2015

I love Jeanette Winterson's writing, and her enthusiasm for language - and Shakespeare - make this a lovely read. Highly recommended.

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TMSherman
Nov 28, 2015

Part of the Hogarth series of modern writers chosen to provide novelizations of Shakespeare's plays. Jeanette Winterson has accomplished an imaginative, masterful, playful, and engaging adaptation of THE WINTERS TALE. This is the first in the series and she has set the bar high for the authors who follow. My only caveat: although the novel stands on its own, your pleasure will be increased in proportion to your familiarity with the play. This made me hungry for the rest of the series.

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becker
Nov 27, 2015

I went out of my way to read Shakespeare's A WINTER'S TALE before I read this and I am very glad I did. The thing I enjoyed the most about Winterson's book was seeing what she did with the characters of the play and how she adapted the storyline. I would have missed all that if I hadn't read A Winter's Tale.

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