Hag-Seed

Registered by wingfuturecatwing of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on 5/27/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingfuturecatwing from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, May 27, 2017
Hag-Seed is one of a series of books by different authors retelling Shakespeare's plays - in this case, The Tempest. In grand Shakespearian tradition, Atwood approaches it as a play within a play, as the story of a betrayed director taking his revenge via a production of The Tempest.

Having never read The Tempest, I can't really comment on how well the novel retells the play (although there is enough exposition given on the themes and metaphors of the play as Felix instructs his actors that I could see parallels), but as a novel it works fantastically well. The characters shouldn't be likable, but somehow are, and even the very two-dimensionally written bad guys don't detract - as the whole story is told through the eyes of Felix, it makes sense that they have no depth, because he hates them too much to ever see any other sides to them.

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