The Tempest Retold

eBook - 2016
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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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780345809285
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 18, 2019

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Evergreen Book Club

Jan 22, 2019

I could not get into this at all. I guess I don't like the Tempest.

Sep 10, 2018

I love Shakespeare. I love Margaret Atwood. I couldn't get into this book. Tried twice. Super disappointed.

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.

Jul 26, 2017


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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Feb 19, 2017

Margaret Atwood is a master storyteller. She's created a highly unlikely scenario, but made it very believable. The characters are likeable and I found myself pulling for them.

Spoiler alert -- I wrote this to remind myself of the story months from now. Felix, a luminary in the theater world, was betrayed by his assistant, Tony, and Sal, Tony's buddy. He skulks away to a shanty where he resides with the spirit which he imagines of his daughter Miranda who had died. He landed a job as producer and director of the theater program of a local prison. He designs a wonderful program to help the men improve themselves and their prospects by doing Shakespeare -- up-to-date versions of Shakespeare. The opportunity presents itself to exact the revenge on Tony and Sal, who have moved up the ranks into fairly powerful government positions. He takes the opportunity and strips them of the power and prestige they unethically acquired, and also gets a promise of 5 more years of funding for the prison theater program.

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