"I saw the strangest sight tonight." New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home.
London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money, but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is his newborn baby even his?
New Bohemia. Seventeen years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love, but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from.
Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will end in either tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.
©2015 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
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"A Masterful Retelling of A Winter's Tale"
A classic Shakespearean play was rewritten as a modern cautionary tale stuffed full of likeable and disreputable characters. Utterly believable and very compelling.
I laughed , I cried, I worried for characters, I urged them on to do better, my heart ached for them, I cursed their folly. Overall I just became totally engrossed in this marvellous fictional world.
You don't have to be familiar with The Winter's Tale to enjoy this.
"What a rollercoaster!"
What a rollercoaster!
I particularly enjoyed the links to Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale' and also the clever resettlement of the story into the modern day. The narrators did an excellent job of performing each character. You always knew who was speaking and there was a huge amount of emotion conveyed with the words.
I have not listened to any of these narrator's other performances yet.
Jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. What price would you pay?
I saw Jeannette Winterson speak at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about this book and I was fascinated. This is an excellent performance and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I often found myself sat outside work for several extra minutes just to try and get a bit further in the story. I would definitely recommend this to any Shakespeare enthusiast and to anyone who wants to explore the theme of forgiveness.
"A compelling re - telling"
I thought this re - imagining of a Winters Tale worked surprisingly well, given the unlikeliness of a rich child disappearing and re-appearing in the household of a poor black family in modern times. Curiosity about the achievement of the resolution drove me through some uneven performances (the older men all sounded like Sandi Toksvieg & the southern accents were awful). I will read the book now too.
"Playing with prose"
This is certainly amongst the top 10 audiobooks I've listened to all the way through.
Perdita because she is both wise and innocent.
Flowing, challenging and unusual.
No this one needs time to reflect on between sittings.
Never seen a Winter's Tale performed, maybe now it's time to close that gap?
Despite the pseudo-academic introduction and conclusion this hackneyed Shakespeare retelling is as unfulfilling as it is badly written.
With clunky symbolism, awkward phrase-dropping and patronising exposition throughout, it's almost impossible to hear the narrative past the author's smugness.
Add to this that the narration is split between three performers and that these readings are uneven and inconsistent in characterisation and tone and you'll understand why getting to the end of this audiobook was as enjoyable as sitting through a piece of GCSE coursework.
It is, at least, mercifully short.
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