Hag-seed

Hag-seed

William Shakespeare's The Tempest Retold

Book - 2016
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Our greatest literary innovator and beloved novelist has reimagined Shakespeare's final, great play of magic and illusion. Entertaining, gripping, emotionally rich and wise, Hag-Seed is an homage to a master, positioned for the fall celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

"It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge."

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will 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 brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his motley crew of inmate actors will put on his Tempest, and snare the traitors who destroyed him. But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2016.
ISBN: 9780345809261
Branch Call Number: FIC Atwoo
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616. Tempest.

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darcyhudjik
Jul 27, 2020

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

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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.

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pegguilfoyle
Mar 01, 2020

re-telling of The Tempest

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tjdickey
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.

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StrangelyExuberant
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.

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snailgem
Jan 22, 2019

I could not get into this at all. I guess I don't like the Tempest.

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paola1972
Sep 10, 2018

I love Shakespeare. I love Margaret Atwood. I couldn't get into this book. Tried twice. Super disappointed.

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alvand21
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.

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m0mmyl00
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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