Yes.This is a novel, not the play. It is very well acted and keeps your attention from start to finish. The authors give new interpretations and background to some plot points and motivations that puzzled me with Shakespeare's play
Claudius. He seemed the only consistently motivated character. He loved Gertrude and Hamlet and tried his best to deal with the situation when his brother decided to kill him.McGregor who knew what he wanted and had a clear sense of how to get it.
The pirate battle.
No. But it kept my interest because I wanted to see how the authors gave their version of various well know plot points
I have never like the character of Hamlet. I still don't like him. He is a narcissistic person who never repays affection honorably those who love him are always treated shabbily.
This version, with this narrator, is just a gem. The Anthony Heald makes all the protagonists and all that happens, clear and understandable. He is a delight to listen to. The translation makes ancient Homer very accessible to my modern ears. The story is interesting and exciting. It is a great way to get insight about the daily lives and mores of ancient kings, princes, and common people. (Not at all like the "sword and sandal" epics that used to come out of Hollywood.)
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