Available today: Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed

Available today: Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood

****4/5 stars- loved it

The grand Margaret Atwood takes on28588073 The Tempest for Hogarth Press.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Margaret Atwood,
  • a Shakespeare aficionado,
  • and if you like literary re-imaginings, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The next in Hogarth Press’ project to bring Shakespeare to current fiction, Hag-Seed reimagines Shakespeare’s Tempest among a troupe of correctional facility thespians (really) and their somewhat unhinged teacher. All of Shakespeare’s characters are here, or portrayed here, by the non-violent offenders of the Fletcher County Correctional Institute, centering on the core of Prospero/Felix, a former theatre director bent on revenge for the loss of his former job by the weasel Antonio/Tony, who is accompanied in his quest to visit horror on his enemies by the ghost of his long-dead daughter Miranda. (Very good at madness and mania, is Margaret Atwood.) I found myself really rooting for all of the inmates who learn to access the universal themes of William Shakespeare though acting and 16th century curses and insults.  A very readable way to get your Shakespeare in, and so smart I know I didn’t even catch it all. Check out one of Goodread’s “Best Books of the Month,” available today.

Available now on Amazon

See also Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl for Hogarth Press

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