Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review of The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare's play, A Winter's Tale. In fact, the story is referred to as a "cover version" of Shakespeare's play. In the original story, a powerful king is blinded by unfounded jealousy and ends up banishing his young daughter and his wife dies tragically. Shakespeare tells a story that is full of tragedy and yet ends in a powerful redemption.

The Gap of Time takes this story and brings it into a more modern world, taking place in American City called New Bohemia (New Orleans). Like in the play, a man named Leo ends up separated from his young daughter because of a blind jealousy. From the very first page until the end, it's the intense story of a father's mistake and a redemption that shouldn't be possible.

While The Gap of Time doesn't perfectly capture the essence of Shakespeare's play, it works as a great ode to a masterpiece. It's a compelling story and is sure to keep readers going until its climactic end.

Review copy provided by Blogging for Books.

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