Title: Gap of Time, The
Authors: Winterson, Jeanette
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 290
Year: 2015
Language: English
Description: In this re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, King Leontes is transformed into Leo, a hedge fund manager, his wife Hermione becomes Mimi, a French singer, and King Polixenes morphs into Xeno, a computer game-designer. With the kingdoms of Sicilia and Bohemia becoming London and the American Deep South, the stage is set for Leo's irrational jealousy and its tragic consequences: sexual obsession; friendships destroyed, hearts broken, exile and a child abandoned.

This is a timeless story of redemption and forgiveness, with the power and mystery of the original play cleverly captured by these contemporary characters and settings.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Winterson brings Shakespeare's tale of mayhem and redemption into the 21st century with great flair and inventiveness."

"A gripping story of human kindness, love, despair and hope. There is a theme of forgiveness and redemption."

"Superb description writing and acute observations."

"Engaging, literary, but an easy read too."

"The passages describing Leo's sexual fantasy are extremely explicit."

"It's not essential to have familiarity with Shakespeare's plays but it adds to the enjoyment."

"This book wasn't for me - what in Shakespeare is lyrical and about human nature, in this novel it's banal and about some very unpleasant people."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Literature oriented, Relationships, Tragedy/disaster, 2018 Titles


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