Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Awards:2017-Fiction-Longlist-Women's Prize for Fiction
Original Publish Date: Oct 11, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.20 hours)
Product Number: Z100114715
Released: Oct 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780735286603
Narrator/s: R.H. Thomson
Publisher: Books on Tape
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The beloved author of The Handmaid's Tale reimagines Shakespeare's final, great play, The Tempest, in a gripping and emotionally rich novel of passion and revenge. "A marvel of gorgeous yet economical prose, in the service of a story that's utterly heartbreaking yet pierced by humor, with a plot that retains considerable subtlety even as the original's back story falls neatly into place."—The New York Times Book Review Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. Now he's staging aTempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, but it will also 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 also brewing revenge, which, after twelve years, arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. Praise for Hag-Seed "What makes the book thrilling, and hugely pleasurable, is how closely Atwood hews to Shakespeare even as she casts her own potent charms, rap-composition included. . . . Part Shakespeare, part Atwood, Hag-Seed is a most delicate monster—and that's 'delicate' in the 17th-century sense. It's delightful."—Boston Globe "Atwood has designed an ingenious doubling of the plot of The Tempest: Felix, the usurped director, finds himself cast by circumstances as a real-life version of Prospero, the usurped Duke. If you know the play well, these echoes grow stronger when Felix decides to exact his revenge by conjuring up a new version of The Tempest designed to overwhelm his enemies."—Washington Post "A funny and heartwarming tale of revenge and redemption . . . Hag-Seed is a remarkable contribution to the canon."—Bustle

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"Narrator R.H. Thomson would have made a fine Prospero in Shakespeare's TEMPEST: His voice has the ideal blend of toughness and tenderness to portray the vengeful but ultimately forgiving Duke of Milan. In Atwood's contemporary retelling of the Bard's final play, the veteran Canadian actor (but relative newcomer to audiobooks) is marvelous as all of the characters. Center stage is Felix, the exiled artistic director of a theater festival, who is exiled to teach drama at a prison. Felix has the inmates stage a production of THE TEMPEST, and Thomson brings the members of the cast to life with subtle vocal changes that capture all the novel's humor. He even salvages some awkward dialogue that would have fallen flat in the hands of a lesser narrator. D.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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