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William Shakespeare's The Tempest Retold

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Our greatest literary innovator and beloved novelist has reimagined Shakespeare's final, great play of magic and illusion. Entertaining, gripping, emotionally rich and wise, Hag-Seed is an homage to a master, positioned for the fall celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

"It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge."

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his motley crew of inmate actors will put on his Tempest, and snare the traitors who destroyed him. But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.
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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List - Canada Book Week
Liesel_C Mar 27, 2018

Critically acclaimed Canadian poet and novelist, Margaret Atwood, revisits William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in this artful fusion of the classical tale and contemporary culture.

List - Inspired by The Bard
Liesel_C Mar 27, 2018

In this re-telling of "The Tempest", theatre director Felix's world crumbles around him and he is exiled after losing his job. Twelve years later he is teaching in a prison and as he prepares his inmate cast to present "The Tempest", he plots his revenge.

List - CanLit 150
Jessica_c May 04, 2017

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

Woah. Yep. That's about as good a book cover as you'll ever see.


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alvand21
May 26, 2018

Recommended by a library patron for it's humour and surprising difference from the usual Atwood novels they expected. Will definitely have a read as the book sounds like its theme is a nice blend of social issues and theatrical expression.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 22, 2017

Telling details bring the characters to life. There is a self-absorbed theater director grieving his dead daughter, a spunky young actress/dancer, and a diverse crew of medium security prison inmates. Sit back and enjoy the ride provided by one of the most accomplished authors alive.

CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 21, 2017

A re-telling of "The Tempest", set in a dismal prison theater workshop.

I never understood The Tempest so this novel is like having two stories unfold. It is 'light reading' with the dark undertones of revenge, unfairness of life and justice betrayed. Lots of great reference at the back of the book to further enrich the original Shakespeare.

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.

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hannahmcvean
Jul 26, 2017

Boring.

TSCPL_Miranda 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.

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LucasHill
Apr 22, 2017

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

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AlteredStaite
Apr 19, 2017

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

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GummiGirl
Apr 08, 2017

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

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