AUTHOR: Margaret Atwood
RELEASE DATE: October 11th 2016
GENRE(S): Fiction, Retellings, Literary Fiction, Contemporary
STAR RATING: 4 ∗∗∗∗
“MOVIE” RATING: R – For Language
Wow. Hag-seed was very refreshing to read. I’ve never read a book where the author recreates a Shakespeare play this literally in two ways, includes a few rap songs, and describes the need or necessity of retribution but at the same time, holding on to something wrongfully taken from him and dwelling on it for ages. I am delighted by this read and once I hit page 170, I couldn’t put it down!
I understand that there are a few other books that are directed at this genre, recreating Shakespeare plays, and I really want to get my hands on them asap!
The only thing that bugged me about this book was the abundance of swearing included. I usually like to stay away from that much swearing and at some times, it was really distracting and unnecessary. That being said, I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn’t so foul mouthed.
I have always loved reading Shakespeare plays and this just made me love Shakespeare even more. Atwood does a splendid job of even looking deeper and further into the play, The Tempest, and makes this book not only relatable to people who have been wronged and haven’t deserved it but also intriguing to use this as a sort of companion read with The Tempest.
There was a lot of research and time going into this book. I could tell from the notes and acknowledgements in the back, but more importantly, the meticulous details that Margaret Atwood included about the characters in the play and the characters in real life who are part of the play.
Felix is the main character in her book and I found him really fascinating because of his situation and how he deals with his life after all these trials and hardships come upon him. His nemesis…s(?) are both completely evil and even serve in politics which makes me reflect on society today and the measures people will take to get to certain levels of influence.
Overall, I enjoyed the story within a story theme and all the wonderful bits of the play (and Shakespeare) that I learned. It was inspiring and reflective to read a book that I could both enjoy and learn from.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT Margaret Atwood:
Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood’s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Go check out Margaret’s Website.