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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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.

Apr 22, 2017

Wholly unfeasible and occasionally cringeworthy story of Shakespeare in a prison and ridiculous revenge. Ms Atwood is better than this.

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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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