ELibro The Gap of Time
Thematically this was a ood 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 the many male perspectives Disappointing 25 rounded up to 3 hence hard to reviewWhat is Family So many stories of lost and found As though the whole of history is a vast Lost Property Department Could I Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders give up my child No Could I love someone else s child as much as if that child had been born to me I don t think soAnd yet I don t believe that family is purely about blood Unconditional love of a child not born to you is surely the most selfless love of allI suppose I am a selfish person except in relation to my child who is and always will be a part of meThis is Shakespeare s tale of a foundling retold for and in the 21st century As Winterson wrote in her brilliant autobiography Why Be Happy when you Could be Normal see my review HERE Adopted children are self invented adoption drops you into the story after it has started Time and the seuence of a story is a recurring theme as are Superman and Oedipus The missingness of the missing Every endeavor every kiss every stab in the heart every letter home every leaving is a ransack of what s in front of us in the service of what s lost A few days after I finished reading this I saw Kenneth Branagh s version of The Winter s Tale see my review HERE In that redemption and forgiveness are prominent than the child lost and found because Perdita doesn t know she s not her father s daughter until the denouement Presumably Winterson made Shep black so that everyone always knew and thus the foundling angle a common thread in her work that mirrors her own life comes to the fore Seeing the stage version also made me appreciative of what Winterson has achieved here ineneral My rudging 3 for this became a solid 3New and Alternative Realities The baby had lain like the visible corner of a folded map Traced inside her faded now were parents she would never know and a life that had vanished Alternative routes she wouldn t take People she would never meet The would be that wouldn t be We enjoy visiting other realms through books films dreams We invent and reinvent ourselves not always consciously We do it over time and to some extent according to context and company my colleagues see a subtly different Cecily from the one my family sees and friends see yet other facets Adopted children have necessity and scope defining themselves Perdita her adoptive father Shep and brother Clo have to create a reality a past a present and hence a future Shep thinks he tells her the truth or at least as much as he can but it s predicated on lies and unknowns She had stopped asking uestions because there weren t any answers Perdita s identity may be mysterious but she is raised with love and comes to believe in herself as she is In contrast those involved in her conception and abandonment know who they are but have problematic relations with reality and hence find happiness elusiveAs children of different dysfunctional parents Leo and Xeno invented worlds where they could live but they never fully row up or develop the ability to be responsible parents themselvesLeo makes the world revolve around him as super rich City traders can But even he can t live happily in this world much less his wife MiMi and their children Madness and destruction
beckonMeanwhile Xeno devotes himself to virtual worlds developing a video ame The Gap of Time Xeno devotes himself to virtual worlds developing a video ame The Gap of Time Level 4 Time becomes a player Time can stand still move faster slow down But it can t reverse can it unless you re Superman Reality is further muddied because the Les Innocents game features Dark Angels echoing the song that made MiMi famous which is in turn based on de Nerval s dream see Fall belowAnd MiMi retreats to an ambiguous existence maybe in theame maybe in the world maybe both or even neither Life and death have different meanings in virtual worlds Those are the facts but are they the truths FallThere is much falling here falling in love falling or being pushed over falling between aps of time or buildings the autumnal fall of leaves and of course as a metaphor for the expulsion from Paradise Tying them together is a catch 22 allegory dreamed by French poet G rard de Nerval an angel fell into the courtyard between buildings trapped by his wings which he d folded as he fell To free himself would destroy the homes and maybe those within To stay was certain slow death Meanwhile an old woman stuffed a pillow with the feathers that drifted into her apartmentWeaknessesI don t want to put people off Winterson but I do want a note of why I didn t warm to this The bullet points below are not spoilers in terms of plot view spoiler There was almost none of the carefully crafted and poetic prose I expect from Winterson It improved a little towards the end but only a little Mostly she was channelling people she didn t seem to relate
*to so neither did I Leo is too easy to hate *so neither did I Leo is too easy to hate soon He is a caricature of the worst type of City trader with an abhorrent attitude to women sex friends money and Jews like a cartoon of somebody who s unstable who turns out to be himself For a novel about time the period feels wrong It starts in a plausible 2013 but is mostly set about seventeen years later Winterson s 2030 feels self consciously like 2013 If it s deliberate I find it odd and annoying if it s not it s inexcusable For instance will Facebook iPads 3D printing using a map on a smartphone MILF and ROFL etc still be current and yet unusual enough to be noteworthy or need explaining It also assumes that in the US Hemingway will still be known but Thoreau s Walden will be almost forgotten Aspects of the plot were tricky to make plausible in modern times but when Winterson had contrived an explanation it would have been less distracting to have had it earlier eg how Perdita s adoptive father could have ot away with raising her he was a black middle aged widower and she was a white baby with no paperwork Cars are weapons of murder except for the DeLorean because this is about time Just strange I couldn t decide whether citing MiMi s stage debut as being in an adaptation of a real Winterson book smacks of hubris or humour hide spoiler 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 et the events and characters fresh in our mindsThe first pa. 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 ,
Hat 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 ets 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 never truly The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States given a definite answer or at least the truth perceived by the author but this book is not meant to find an answer it is about the daughter finding the answer herself Perdita asks about her family before but she is confronted with incomplete or false answers because her father and bother don t know about her family so she stops asking What she does know is that she is loved and cared for and that is enough for her This below is my favourite uote in the work because it indicates a way of thinking that is seeing thereatest shrinking of the American middle class in history money and power being the most important things to you you reckon they are the most important things to those that don t have them Maybe to some people they are because the way uys like you have fixed the world only a lottery ticket can change it for uys like me Hard work and hope won t do it any The American Dream is done I find the hardest books to review are the ones I really do 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 Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth gave up because I have a huge list of books I do want to read waiting This one just was not for me 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 beating just 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 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 therowth untriedOf that wide ap 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 that it hasn t started This is time You 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 identities is uite nice She messes with race 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 enerally 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 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 jealousy 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 very poetic language particularly for internal 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 juggling 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 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 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 just could not connect to this oneSo not Moonrise (Snowfall, giving up on either Winterson or the Hogarth Press Shakespeare Project 3 stars because it was tooood to ive up on but left me happy to move on after finishin. 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.
Jeanette Winterson ☆ 1 FREE DOWNLOADRt 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 round next to a safe haven baby drop and an infant in that drop Although unwilling to call the cops and Hello, Snow! 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 weradually 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 A Little Dinner Before the Play 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 sood 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 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 I discover that Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies 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 The Gap of Time I have never read any of Jeanette Winterson s work before and she clearly is aifted 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 just 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 Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch 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 youet mad and say much of Shakespeare is melodramatic I am well aware However his Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood gift was taking melodrama and bringingreat 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 Forbidden Reading 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 oneay 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 A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line give her props for that And the worldoes on regardless of 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 famouswell as controversial for its traumatic beginning acts and happy ending Most people know this play for the famous 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 crazy jealous 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 Future Focus game designer with some love for both the singer and the managerXeno as well as airl who thinks the Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays guy she cares for is her brotherPerdita and Zel Yet the best part is the psychological trauma suffered by the characters which I waslad this re telling held although it is mostly a story about time *Time Is The Main Focus * is the main focus 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 Sentencesa way with words she threads very enchanting sentences 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 A Sting in the Tale glimpses of brilliance They had no idea about viruses in those days Plagues were sent from theods They said 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.