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The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold

by Jeanette Winterson
£8.99   paperback  Vintage Publishing (Vintage) (2016)

The Gap of Time: The Winter

"All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winterís Tale in many disguises for many years... And I love cover versionsí "
(Jeanette Winterson)
The Winterís Tale is one of Shakespeare's Ďlate playsí. It tells the story of Leontes, King of Sicily, whose insane jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter, Perdita, from the kingdom and then the death of his beautiful wife, Hermione. Perdita is brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of miraculous events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited.

In Jeanette Wintersonís retelling we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crash, to a storm-ravaged city in the US called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, video games and the elliptical nature of time. It tells in a hyper-modern way, full of energy and beauty, of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and love, redemption and a lost child on the other.

ISBN 13: 9780099598190 | ISBN 10: 0099598191

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