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William Shakespeare's The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

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 12 years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

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.

©2016 Margaret Atwood (P)2016 Random House Audio

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AWED!

If you could sum up Hag-Seed in three words, what would they be?

Favorite Shakespeare text, possibly favorite modern author, how could it not be a win!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The narrator was beyond compare.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An English teacher's dream

I'm not sure who, aside from English teachers and theater buffs, would be the audience for this novel. But, as a member of both subcultures, I loved it! I teach The Tempest each year to my seniors, and I am thinking quite seriously about having them read Hag-Seed in tandem with it. Margaret Atwood is one of the great writers of our time! Phenomenal work!

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  • LJ
  • 10-16-16

Couldn't wait for it to be over

I was hoping that this was going to be really enjoyable. Just wasn't. Extremely unrealistic as far the plot and I didn't care for the parallel to the Tempest, wasn't the best written. I hate the rap songs that were in some 1950's "Rocko" Mafia accent. I'm survey this will appeal to some (Shakespeare Fanatics) , but not to me. I really like Atwood's prose, but not on display here.

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  • ML
  • Queensland Australia
  • 11-06-17

The narrator really brings this this to life

I really enjoyed this book - it is very clever and engaging. The narrator is terrific - 5 stars+

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fantastic performance, flawless writing.

Thompson fully embodies the protagonist in this story. there are so many levels of performance at play here it's hard not to fall in love.

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Great as always!

I love Margaret Atwood. When I know the book is nearing the end I am always sad. Atwood is my all time favorite author.

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Fantastic narration and entertaining story

I was thoroughly engaged and entertained by this unusual story. The ending was a bit disappointing but don't let that deter you. The narrator seemed to thoroughly enjoy the reading and couldn't have done a better job.

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Drag deed

A little tortuous and over long. Like a literary equation that had to be solved and examples of every possible explanation wrung out. Impossible to care about the characters-/ciphers all.

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Favourite Atwood

My favourite Margaret Atwood novel yet!
Narration was just right.. Loved the subtle Canadian cadence.

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