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The Tempest Retold

eBook - 2016
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Follows the retribution plot of a deposed artistic director who teaches prison inmates while consulting with a fantasy child who has taken the place of the daughter he lost years earlier.
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2016]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780804141307
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Tempest
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Jul 27, 2020

This is a very involved story with some truly funny parts.

yoj Apr 17, 2020

Loved this. I have never managed to see The Tempest live but I adored this re-interpretation. I am now seeking out some of the other interpretive pieces. Perhaps not the Nesbo .... or perhaps a bit later.

Mar 01, 2020

re-telling of The Tempest

Sep 21, 2019

A play about a man presenting a play, a play about people shipwrecked and imprisoned on an island, a fable about a Shakespearean director presenting a revenge play literally in a correctional facility - the levels of wit swirl around one another, all made of dreams...

... and the inmates can only swear using poxy curses found in the Shakespeare.

Sep 20, 2019

This book I liked as a book depicting grief and regret. The social aspect of a literary class being brought to a prison was an interesting interpretation of bringing Shakespeare into another light. Having encountered grief many times during my life that aspect is what got to me the most. How a character went through so many stages and phases as he dealt with his grief was a real key point for me. Not just the death of his daughter but the death of the life he thought he wanted, a life he thought he deserved, and a world that ceased to include him in it (in his point of view.) A real phoenix from the ashes story in a setting you would not expect.

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.

ArapahoeStaff26 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.

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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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