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Six sentence reviews: The Daylight Gate

A new method of reviewing as I seem to find myself short of time….

The Daylight Gate Jeanette Winterson

A book about witchcraft and James I, Winterson naturally managed to weave issues of class and gender into it. In fact it is a story of power – of legal power and arbitary powers, of the power of love, of supernatural power and the power of belief.  It also strongly features the manipulation of power. The characters are beautifully drawn and the story is compelling reading, even though the outcome is clear. I thought the use of Shakespeare as a character seemed unnecessary and a little contrived, but that was one of the few narrative missteps.  Enjoyed very much the short but sad time it took to consume.

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