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Prince of Sorrows

A Fractured Shakespeare Series, Book 1 - Hamlet
By: DK Marley
Narrated by: Ben Tyler
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Fans of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski and The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig (both based on Shakespeare's Hamlet) will enjoy this fractured historical adaptation in modern English of the story of Amleth (Hamlet), the son of King Orwendel and Queen Gerutha of Jutland, spurred to revenge his father's death who died at the hands of his uncle Feng, while soothing his wounded soul in the arms of the angelic Lady Pernillia (Ophelia). 

While following the story of Shakespeare's play, Marley's tale develops the characters and storyline, taking you into the depths of hearts and minds, as well as adding unexpected twists and turns amid court life in 9th-century Denmark.

©2018 D.K. Marley (P)2018 D.K. Marley

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This is a retelling of Hamlet. What I like about this version is that it is in modern voice, rather than Shakespearean rhyme. The characters are recognizable, although called by different names than in Shakespeare's play. Amleth is the son of King Orwendel and Queen Gerutha, and nephew of Uncle Feng.

Amleth's lady love is Pernillia, etc.  

Amleth is commanded by his dead father to punish his uncle, now stepfather and king, for murder.  He hems and haws, and devises plans, and seduces Pernillia, while trying to figure out how to do what his beloved father wants him to, with the foregone conclusion of the play. 

I enjoyed the modern take on the play, fleshing out the characters and what was happening around the plot .... the revelation that Amleth bedded Pernillia, that the king of the neighbouring country wanted to war on Amleth's country, that a deal had been made between the two kings, etc. Obviously, some of this is the author's using his own imagination to expand the world of Hamlet, but it's nice to see the world fleshed out more, and it's very nice to actually be able to understand what is being said, rather than trying to decipher the old English of Shakespeare.