hematically, this as good follow-on from a read of Nicole Krauss ’ exquisite The History of Love ( see my review HERE): the first severa pages alone included death, bereavement, forgiveness, revenge, loss of a child, identity, God, loyalty and love- as well as capitalism, mercy killing, and madness.
tylistically, 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), specially the many male perspectives.
Time, and he sequence of a tory, 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 month after I finished reading this, I saw Kenneth Branagh 's version of The Winter 's Tale ( see my review HERE).
In ontrast, those involved in her conception and abandonment know who they are, but ave more problematic relations with reality, and indee find happiness elusive.As children of ( different) dysfunctional parents, “ Leo and Xeno invented worlds where they would live ”, but they never fully grow up or develop the ability to be responsible parents themselves.Leo makes the world revolve around him, as super-rich City traders can.
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 gaps of time or buildings, the autumnal fall of leaves, and of course, as a metaphor for the expulsion from Paradise.
• Aspects of the plot were tricky to make plausible in modern times, but when Winterson had contrived an explanation, it ould have been less distracting to have had it earlier, e.g. how Perdita ’ s adoptive father could have ot bac with raising her ( he as a black middle-aged widower and she ha th white baby with no paperwork).
( hide spoiler) ] For balance, here are my reviews of three Wintersons I ’ ve enjoyed in recent day, all 4*: The PassionLighthousekeepingWhy Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Context: Shakespeare to WintersonThis is a modern story, based on Shakespeare ’ s The Winter ’ s Tale.
Th few week ater, I aw he play, reviewed HERE.It ’ s one of series of modern novelisations of the Bard, commissioned by The Hogarth Press to mark 400 years since his death ( http: //crownpublishing.com/hogarth-sh ...).
It ’ s no surprise Winterson chose The Winter ’ s Tale, given its parallels to her own life.Winterson was put up for adoption by her birth other, and certainly loved by her abusive adoptive Pentecostalist mother ( her adoptive father being too weak to intervene).
Like Perdita here, “ Not having a history of her own, she was drawn to the history of others ”, mostly fictional ones.In later life, Winterson met her birth mother and some family members, though it was merely a particularly happy-ever-after.
A story features all three drivers, but orgiveness is at its heart and at its beginnin, though you ca not understan that from this early quote: • “ Forgiveness is a word like a 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. ” Time• “ You hink you ’ re living in the present but the past is right behind you like a shadow. ” • “ And then everything happened in slow motion and too fast. ” • “ Beyond lay the river, like possibilities, like plans, wide as life when you are young and don ’ t preten that plans, rivers, possibilities must sooner or later empty into the ocean beyond. ” • “ Sometimes it doesn ’ t matter that there was any time before this time… Sometimes where you are is enough.
It ’ s even that time stops or that it hasn ’ t stoppe.
But she can ’ t because it ’ s lways right there, right in front of her. ” Memory• “ What is memory anyway but a painful dispute with the past? ” • “ He doesn ’ t give a photo or a video because he intends to remember- by which he means he wants to misremember. ” Grief and Loss• “ I don ’ t regret it but I ca n't forge it.
As it is, I ’ m grieving. ” • “ Grief means living with someone who is not there. ” Other• “ Gaming is the best technology mated with prehistoric levels of human development. ” • City trading is like Musical Chairs, “ while the music was playing no one cared that there weren ’ t enough chairs ” .• “ The boarding school was neither fashionable nor academic but it allowed their fathers to believe that they were bringing up their sons when in fact their sons were barely at home. ” • “ He was solitary and introverted, with an enthusiasm that people took for sociability. ” • “ They talked about life as flow… About love as a theory marred by practice.
About love as a practice marred by theory. ” • “ Pauline was a oman of her time.