The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Hogarth Shakespeare (Hardback)
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The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Hogarth Shakespeare (Hardback)

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'I saw the strangest sight tonight.' New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home. London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is the newborn baby even his? New Bohemia. 17 years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from. Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where Time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will either end in tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.

“It’s a lovely, poignant concept, and hints towards a different possibility for this novel, something more disturbing and strange. But Winterson has paid her dues, with interest.” - The Sunday Telegraph

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781781090299
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 461 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"She makes us read on, our hearts in our mouths, to see how a twice-told story will turn out this time" * Publishers Weekly *
"The intricacy with which Winterson has plotted her novel against each Shakespearean detail will delight readers familiar with the original ... it's part of a vision of a world in which past, present, and future are lived simultaneously, original and adaptation existing in the same moment." * The Times *
"A book of considerable beauty... Winterson's fiction is a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling" -- Rowan Williams * New Statesman *
"Winterson's stage, like that of Shakespeare, is filled with wonders" -- Frances Wilson * Times Literary Supplement *
"Winterson is faithful to both the narrative and the spirit of the play, while transposing it to an utterly different and modern setting... There is lightness here, in the frisky prose and the author's delight in invention, but you are never free of the awareness of dark shadows where danger and corruption lie in wait." -- Allan Massie * Scotsman *
"Clever and beautiful...it soars" * Financial Times *
"A deeply felt, emotionally intelligent and serious novel, which resists easy answers and yet expresses the hope that human beings can muddle through, and that bad pasts can have good outcomes... Pulsates with such authenticity and imaginative generosity that I defy you not to engage with it." -- Andrew Dickson * Independent *
"The Winter's Tale, one of the late, 'problem' plays, is about loss, remorse and forgiveness, and the nature of time. Winterson has captured all this with respect and affection for Shakespeare's text, and made it new with her own bold and poetic prose and her insights into love and grief. There are passages here so concisely beautiful they give you goosebumps." -- Lucasta Miller * Radar *
"Emotionally wrought and profoundly intelligent it will pull you into its troubled, wise world of jealousy, paranoia, grief, revenge and forgiveness in some of the most stunning prose you'll read this year ... Winterson masterfully interweaves layers of narrative and themes so that reading the novel is like listening to a Bach prelude and fugue ... A supremely clever, compelling and emotionally affecting novel that deserves multiple readings to appreciate its many layers." -- Hannah Beckerman * Mail on Sunday *
"Engrossing, almost soapily addictive" * Independent *
"The book is the first of a major new series, in which well-known novelists give Shakespeare a modern twist, and Winterson rises to the challenge with some ingenious touches." -- Max Davidson * Mail on Sunday *
"Astonishing." * Elle *
"Smart and witty... Compelling, entertaining and elegant" -- Sarah Crown * Guardian *
"Moving, pacy... A clever book that explores themes of love, loss and forgiveness as parents screw up their children and do the unthinkable. A thrilling read." -- Nicola Wilson * Irish News *
"There are passages here so concisely beautiful they give you goosebumps" * Observer *

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Sandra Foy

“brilliant take on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale”

The Gap Of Time is Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Given a modern day setting it tells of Financier Leo Kaiser, and his deranged jealousy of his wife and his best friend. He... More

Hardback edition
28th December 2015
Helpful? Upvote 71

“Shakespeare for the 21st Century.”

I enjoyed 'The Gap of Time' immensely after falling in love with The Winter's Tale at school during my A Levels. Winterson has very cleverly interwoven in the beginning of the novel the main points of... More

Hardback edition
26th January 2016
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Hux - Blogger, @littlehux

“Jeanette Winterson lends her sparkling, brilliant storytelling skills to bring The Winter's Tale to a modern setting. ”

A girl lost in time. The Winter's Tale is reimagined in London, where jealous Leo accuses his wife Mimi and best friend Xeno of infidelity and creation of a child, Perdita. During a fit of rage, Leo sends Perdita... More

Paperback edition
4 similar books recommended
28th December 2016
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