Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

hag_seed_5_17

What it’s about: A retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
What made me pick it up: 
I love everything that Margaret Atwood touches, so I knew I’d be reading this sooner or later. I particularly enjoyed The Penelopiad, her 2005 interpretation of The Odyssey for the Canongate Myths series, and was excited to see what she would do with Shakespeare.
My favorite things: Atwood does a great job of framing her retelling around a production of the original Shakespeare. A story within a story doesn’t always work, but it definitely does here. I also love her clever use of the original’s magical elements to blur the line between delusions and the supernatural.
Who it’s great for: People who love Shakespeare and can’t get enough. People who do not love Shakespeare but are interested in a modern spin on his work. Anyone looking for an unrelenting tale of revenge. Fans of Shakespearean insult generators.
Abby’s Rating: four-shells 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s