Hag-seed

by Mar­garet At­wood, Penguin/Ran­dom House.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

I love Mar­garet At­wood, es­pe­cially that she ven­tures fur­ther off the reser­va­tion ev­ery year. She’s now de­cid­edly ec­cen­tric, hav­ing moved past the fem­i­nist nov­els of her youth into spec­u­la­tive fic­tion, satire, sci-fi, plays… Now it’s Shake­speare’s turn for a shake in this mod­ern-day telling of The Tem­pest, set in a prison, with a jaded the­atre di­rec­tor in the role of Pros­pero, em­ploy­ing magic and mis­chief to take his re­venge on the peo­ple who thwarted him. He cod­dles and cons his troupe of ne’er-do-well ac­tors to play their roles in a way the play­wright never imag­ined but which gives fresh life to his grand last play. This ex­u­ber­ant retelling is fun, funny, and makes me love the au­thor even more.

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