The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare)

70%

7 Critic Reviews

But after all, the spirit of this series is both playful and reverent. Shakespeare plots are great fun while being somewhat difficult to untangle. Winterson wrestles wonderfully with a perplexing text...
-NY Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jeanette Winterson

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Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 and graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Her book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, is a semi-autobiographical account of her life as a child preacher (she wrote and gave sermons by the time she was eight years old). The book was the winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction and was made into an award-winning TV movie. The Passion won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for best writer under thirty-five, and Sexing the Cherry won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award.
 
Published October 6, 2015 by Hogarth. 290 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 30 2015

Winterson’s most interesting addition is to make the king-king-queen love triangle explicitly sexual: here the two men are not just best friends, but boyhood lovers. Ponderous comic sections are redeemed by flights of epigrammatic lyricism that twist cynicism into hope.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 07 2015

She makes us read on, our hearts in our mouths, to see how a twice-told story will turn out this time.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Dean Bakopoulos on Oct 20 2015

But after all, the spirit of this series is both playful and reverent. Shakespeare plots are great fun while being somewhat difficult to untangle. Winterson wrestles wonderfully with a perplexing text...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Crown on Oct 07 2015

But while this fleshing-out enriches the novel, it also removes that element of the play which makes it so powerful...The Gap of Time is Winterson’s answer, and it’s a good one: compelling, entertaining and elegant.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Oct 04 2015

Perhaps most surprising is how readily the plot translates to a modern context; how plausible this version seems, for all its knowing self-reference.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Annalisa Quinn on Oct 09 2015

Winterson's version is smart and graceful (if mannered), but a good production of The Winter's Tale inspires awe: it makes an audience gasp at the twitch of Hermione's stone fingers...that sense of unworldly magic and impossible second chances, belongs to Shakespeare's play alone.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jan Dalley on Oct 02 2015

All the good bone-structure is there, and in this new book the giant, eternal themes crash around above the narrative like mighty thunderclouds. But a cover version is always a challenge as well as a tribute — and good luck with that when the original is Shakespeare.

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