While I loved Anne Tyler s Vinegar Girl a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew and Margaret Atwood s Hagseed her retelling of The Tempest this version of The Winter s Tale left me cold I have loved the other Jeanette Winterson books I ve read but ust could not connect to this oneSo not giving up on either Winterson or the Hogarth Press Shakespeare Project 3 stars because it was too good to give up on but left me happy to move on after finishing I was provided a copy of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThe Gap of Time is a modern day retelling of Shakespeare s The Winter s Tale as part of a larger series of authors doing the same for several of his works You can read about the project at The Guardian Retelling is used loosely as the names are not the same nor are all of the situations The themes of ealousy forgiveness parenting they re all still hereSo how should I examine this novel Shall I compare it to the Shakespeare play har harSome things are lost by moving out of verse although Winterson sometimes uses very poetic language particularly for internal dialogue The villain is very rough than Shakespeare could ever have allowed with rape language and violence than could have worked on the stage The characters suffer from too much coincidence but I wonder how restrained the author felt from the original subject matterCompared to Winterson s other works I felt like she was uggling too many reuirements to really immerse in her typical writing style I felt like it was well done if I was not thinking Winterson But thinking of her and comparing it to her books that are favorites well it Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı just isn t nearly as thought provoking or beautiful It is definitely a compelling story and was probably a fun challenge but I still wanted it to be transformative Now take upon me in the name of TimeTo use my wings Impute it not a crimeTo me or my swift passage that I slideO er sixteen years and leave the growth untriedOf that wide gap The Winter s Tale by William ShakespeareSometimes it doesn t matter that there was any time before this time Sometimes it doesn t matter that it s night or day or now or then Sometimes where you are is enough It s not that time stops or that it hasn t started This is time You are here This caught moment opening into a lifetime The Gap of Time by Jeanette WintersonThis novel considered a cover version than a retelling of Shakespeare s late romance The Winter s Tale plays similarly with the theme of as you d expect from its title time It s uite a close rendition of the original play so anyone familiar with the story will not find anything incredibly innovative here But what Winterson does with the characters identities is uite nice She messes with race sexuality positions of power and influence to create a uniue dynamic that toys with the times much like Shakespeare did in his dayOverall however I found myself enjoying but not overly enthusiastic about the story I can t blame Winterson really because she did exactly as she was meant to she created a modern version of a Shakespeare play But it left little to the imagination and that leaves me a bit nervous about how other authors will interpret their assigned plays Authors have two options either tell an updated but literal interpretation or use the play as inspiration to create an original story Winterson went with the former and in the end I was hoping for a bit innovation playfulness with structure and time and generally something a bit experimental Not a bad book especially if you are unfamiliar with the original text but not as memorable as I was hoping Jeanette Winterson is a master wordsmith and she actually has me hooked I m not even exaggerating here she really does and I m loving the ride My bookcase is building up a marvellous collection of Winterson s works and it craves Being one of Shakespeares difficult and complex fables I was immensely impressed with Winterson s ability to translate it into a contemporary story Her techniue was astonishing At the very beginning of the book it read like a Shakespeare play typically would and it made me a little apprehensive but a few pages in Winterson s definitive style appeared and my heart started beatingust that little bit faster I thought the characters were all tremendously well developed and some of them were that interesting I thought they could really have their own little story You can usually tell when you re reading a Winterson book as the element of erotica slips in It existed in this book but not overwhelmingly so This was so beautifully written and was done in such a uniue style that I was pretty disappointed when I came to the end Just amazing I find the hardest books to review are the ones I really do. Es ya un motivo clásico el tema del hombre ue repudia a su esposa por celos y una vez ue la ha perdido pasa el resto de sus días consumiéndose en remordimientos De eso habla Cuento de invierno de William Shakespeare Leontes rey de Sicilia rechaza
E Gap of Time I have never read any of Jeanette Winterson s work before and she clearly is a gifted writer There are moments in this text where the prose is beautiful and profound At times I had to sit for a second and digest what I had ust read Lines like Forgiveness is a word like tiger there s footage of it and verifiably it exists but few of us have seen it close and wild or known it for what it is and And the things that change us forever happen without us knowing they would happen And the moment that looks like the rest is the one where hearts are broken or healed That is good stuff right thereUnfortunately those moments are buried in a text that is melodrama of the highest order and has than a few aspects where I have no clue what the author was thinking Now before you get mad and say much of Shakespeare is melodramatic I am well aware However his gift was taking melodrama and bringing great human truth and beauty to it He is Shakespeare so I forgive Ms Winterson for not being able to pull it off What I do blame her for are some choices that seem too cute by half The decision to make much of this plot and thematic relevance rest on a video game is superfluous and brings nothing to the text Her insistence on being modern is also cloying and a bit irritating She really wants to show how progressive she is Rarely have I read a book where the author wants you to be well aware that this person is black this one gay this one Jewish this one lapsed Christian this one German this one Trans etc It is a bit much Write a real fully developed character and that will speak to me I do not need you to label a two dimensional character for me That does nothing for either of usBut having said that it is a uick read and although I rolled my eyes a few times I enjoyed the experience Taking on Shakespeare is a monumental task and I give her props for that I was a little nervous about reading this because I am not really familiar with The Winter s Tale but I found this a very enjoyable book The barbarity of parts of the original story must have made the update or cover version uite a challenge to create This is a thought provoking book of ideas leavened with a surprising amount of humour I won t try and comment on the details because that would expose my ignorance Hogarth Books has embarked on a project to commission acclaimed modern writers to re tell the stories of Shakespeare The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson is the first of the books to be publishedhttpwwwvintage bookscoukabout This volume retells The Winter s Tale Would I have noticed that it was a retelling of Shakespeare if it hadn t been stated right up front Not at first no There s an introductory re cap kind of The Winters Tale For Dummies to get the events and characters fresh in our mindsThe first part of the novel introduces a contemporary drama Stumbling into the aftermath of a violent crime scene an African American father and son discover a dead body on the ground next to a safe haven baby drop and an infant in that drop Although unwilling to call the cops and get involved the two men rescue the baby assuming she was abandoned and unwanted and adopt her calling her Perdita Little did any of them know the complicated and ugly truth behind why baby Perdita ended up where she was But as readers we gradually learn as we meet Leo an arrogant obnoxious and obsessive 1% er his closest friend from childhood the free spirited slacker Xeno and the woman who inexplicably cares for both of them the French chanteuse MiMi Leo insists on using the strands of the tangled web woven between them to strangle them all in a shocking tragedyI really liked this first part of the book and thought it worked uite well on its own merits However the second and third parts of the novel start getting concerned with the ShakespeareWinterson parallels which I thought began to feel forced The plot events also begin to cross the line from family melodrama into straight up absurd comedy And around there it lost me a littleOverall it s good but not one of my favorites of all time Definitely recommended if you re a particular Shakespeare fan thoughMany thanks to Hogarth and NetGalley for the opportunity to read As always my opinions are solely my own Thematically this was a good follow on from a read of Nicole Krauss exuisite The History of Love see my review HERE the first few pages alone included death bereavement forgiveness revenge loss of a child identity God loyalty and love as well as capitalism mercy killing and madness Stylistically there was no comparison this is a simpler story despite the numerous references to changing the speed or even direction of time and it s mostly told in rather crude and wooden prose very un Winterson especially th. Tiempo una espléndida novela ue aborda el deseo muy humano de volver sobre nuestros pasos y reescribir el pasado En definitiva una historia ue uiere hacer del tiempo una sustancia elástica y dócil capaz de remediar las debilidades del corazón huma.
Not like I don t want to write an unending page of criticisms but I do want to record my personal feelings so I do not pick the book up again in the future So for the record I found many passages too objectionable to read and eventually gave up because I have a huge list of books I do want to read waiting This one ust was not for me And the world goes on regardless of The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River joy or despair or one woman s fortune or one man s loss And we can t know the lives of others And we can t know our own lives beyond the details we can manage And the things that change us forever happen without us knowing they would happen And the moment that looks like the rest is the one where hearts are broken or healed And time that runs so steady and sure runs wild outside the clocks It takes so little time to change a lifetime and it takes a lifetime to understand the change This novel is the introduction to the Hogarth Shakespeare a collection which will include eight novels by eight different writers where the famous plays of Shakespeare will be retold in a modern setting And we come to start with none other than Jeannette Winterson and The Winter s Tale one of the Bard s most beloved plays as well as controversial for its traumatic beginning acts and happy ending Most people know this play for the famous Exit pursued by a bear perhaps the best death and exit I have ever witnessed and will ever witness in my entire life but the story is so much It is the story of the oracle of Delphi a ueen named Hermione a crazyealous king and royalty that does not know is royalty in its retold way a famous Paris singersongwriterMiMi a hedge fund manager with a knack for paranoiaLeo a video game designer with some love for both the singer and the managerXeno as well as a girl who thinks the guy she cares for is her brotherPerdita and Zel Yet the best part is the psychological trauma suffered by the characters which I was glad this re telling held although it is mostly a story about time time is the main focus of the story not the darkness of the original play I do also have to add that instead of a complete retelling this is of a revision or her own response to the play so do not expect a scene per scene modern telling of the classic This is not my first Winterson novel I ve read some of her other novels and one theme that floats along all of them is the beautiful writing Jeanette Winterson has a way with words she threads very enchanting sentences but in this novel it made some characters seem too crude with instances of their dialogue implying some rape committing it and violencealso committing it which were not vindictive of the original work Aside from that I cannot complain over her use of words metaphors similes allusions denotations euphemisms and many I most likely missed He doesn t take a photo or a video because he wants to remember by which he means he wants to misremember because the moment is made up of what the camera can t capture My favourite part were the other literary references from Oedipus to other Shakespearean works to even Fox News Remember the story of Oedipus Eddy who Guy who murdered his father and married his mother Was that on Fox News And other small glimpses of brilliance They had no idea about viruses in those days Plagues were sent from the gods They said that about AIDS Even I knew it was a stupid thing to say and I m no doctor One thing you notice about progress kid is that it doesn t happen to everyone She also wrote in ueer characters which although I did not see any of that in the original work it was not a surprise since it s sort of a hallmark of her novels and poetry and in turn added a lot to Xeno and Leo s relationship but I do disagree with other characterizations I was not pleased with MiMi s Hermione s version plot line such as who she was and did and had done to her because it seemed to deviate for what I have always envisioned however many of the reviews I ve read like that about it whether they have read the original work or not therefore I seem to be an outlier Because of this I was entranced by the love story and Perdita s adoptive family than with the main three characters disruptive livesAnother theme that gets explored here is adopted children and whether or not they feel connected to their adoptive families or if they are always in a state of hunger to know about their birth family We are n I discover that grief means living with someone who is not there Boy do I have mixed feelings about this book The Gap of Time is a cover version of Shakespeare s The Winter s Tale a play I love This novel is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare a project where noted contemporary authors write cover versions of Shakespeare s works I will read in this series but not because of Th. Su mujer Hermione cegado por los celos Con su esposa Leontes perderá también a su hija Perdita de uien reniega y a su amigo del alma Políxenes rey de BohemiaWinterson retoma el texto del maestro inglés y lo traslada a nuestros días en El hueco del.
Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester England in 1959 She was adopted and brought up in Accrington Lancashire in the north of England Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit published in 1985 She graduated from St Catherine's College Oxford and moved to London where she worked as an assi