Goodreads 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.
Shakespeare retellings are not uncommon, but The Winter’s Tale is a story that’s not as well read, which is what made me pick up The Gap of Time.
The Gap of Time isn’t a long book, with fairly good prose and fairly good storytelling. I found myself reading it easily and enjoying myself fairly well. The characters are all unique from each other and well written.Parts of the story can be hard to get through, just because the main character Leo is such a terrible insane person and you find yourself wanting smack him. But that’s part of the point. Without the insanity of Leo we have no plot. The rest of the characters are fairly mediocre.
When I finished reading The Gap of Time I had a hard time deciding what to rate the book. This isn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t a thrilling read either. The Gap of Time sits somewhere in the middle, with a story that’s half interesting. It’s a book I do not regret reading but not a book that I will pick up again. If someone were to ask me about it I would say they might enjoy it, but it won’t be my first pick to buy for a friend.
In the end I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. I was given a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair review.