William Shakespeare's The Tempest Retold

Book - 2016
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Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780345809261
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATW
Characteristics: xiii, 301 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616. Tempest.


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Jessica_c May 04, 2017

Have you read the latest from Canada's literary Grand Dame?

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0Charlie Sep 05, 2017

This was a lovely entertaining read. It was very accessible for the reader considering that it was a story focusing on the Shakespeare play "The Tempest". The main character, Felix, is a close parallel to the main Shakespeare character, Prospero. It is deliciously fun to join him as he plots theatrical revenge on his enemies. And just as the play never fully satisfies, neither is the aftermath in the book complete. Highly recommended.

Jul 26, 2017


Miranda_Ericsson Jun 18, 2017

Fantastic! Shakespeare fans, put this one on your list. Atwood did a wonderful job of drawing on Shakespeare's play to inform a compelling, modern day story with admirable (and not so admirable) characters. I listened to this on audio, and the narrator was great. He was highly trained, and he skillfully handled different voices and accents, and brought the text to life.

Apr 22, 2017

Wholly unfeasible and occasionally cringeworthy story of Shakespeare in a prison and ridiculous revenge. Ms Atwood is better than this.

Apr 19, 2017

Well written, of course—it's Atwood. Not being a fan of Shakespeare, I couldn't get all gushy about it.

Apr 08, 2017

A treat for Shakespeare fans, and further proof (after Hairball and Stone Mattress) that Atwood is a master of revenge tales.

Feb 07, 2017

I know little of Shakespeare and even less of The Tempest - but no matter... I loved this book! and Atwood's humour!
I'll be watching Helen Mirren as Prospera the first chance I get.

Nov 27, 2016

I loved Atwood's creative approach to this story and fully appreciated the humour which was so recognizable as Atwood's. I was also very interested in the idea of the deceased daughter as a character in the book. But honestly, I thought the middle of the book was heavily bogged down in detail which was like wading through sludge to get to the climax toward the end. It didn't ruin the book for me but turned it from a good book. into one that was okay. One bonus thought - Atwood totally inspired me to read The Tempest.

Nov 13, 2016

I am not a 100% Attwood fan but I always try a new book she offers, and this time it paid off: I was totally engaged with this story, with the characters, the staging and the plot. I read it in one long sitting, sad or happy all the way through, never bored. My one reservation was the characters of the prisoners, oddly (I thought) compliant with Felix's rules and assignments -- also with Felix's exploiting them, at the end, in his savage but non-violent act of personal revenge. A good, fun, easy read.

Nov 07, 2016

This was a fun read and I'd definitely recommend it, but I'd also recommend brushing up on The Tempest before you do. At times, I felt like the story slightly suffered because Atwood was trying so hard to hit all of the points, when a looser interpretation would have sufficed. But, overall, I enjoyed reading it and I could tell Atwood had a blast writing it.

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