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Hag-Seed

av Margaret Atwood

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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?… (mer)
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This book earns 5 stars for originality (and somebody please tell me that there are really theater programs inside correctional facilities, because that is a brilliant idea!) Atwood is, of course, a master. Her modern-day "Tempset" is quite clever. Yet, somehow all the pieces here were less than the sum of their parts for me.

It could be that, in spite of his personal tragedies, I couldn't quite feel that the lead character Felix really had been professionally "wronged." It could be that none of the prisoners had different personalities and just seemed like an amalgam. It could be that I just never liked "The Tempest." Whatever it was, this book was merely "fine," though I seem to be in the minority on that opinion as several others are raving about it.

I thoroughly enjoyed [b:Vinegar Girl|27070127|Vinegar Girl|Anne Tyler|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1471553735s/27070127.jpg|46190740], another entry in this Hogarth Shakespeare series, and I'm looking forward with anticipation to Tracy Chevalier's upcoming Othello, in the same series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Hogarth for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  jj24 | May 27, 2024 |
Spoilers ahead. Margaret Atwood seems to make a point to set up potentially powerful stories, only to disappoint you halfway through by turning an enticing, gloomy, slightly creepy premise into a fluffy carnival of unbelievable events rushing towards a molasses happy ending. That's when you understand that the slight creepiness of the protagonist and narrator (is he reliable? What horrible truth will we discover when someone else's point of view takes the stage?) is not voluntary. She DOESN'T SEE it. Ugh. All the creepy things the protagonist does and thinks are justified by the Omnipotent Author just like this, because, well, he is the good guy by default. For the same reason, all the flat, colourless characters he manipulates find that it is a great idea to help him stage a prison riot with real prisoners kidnapping many people just so he can have his vengeance. Of course. And you know what, what was I worrying for, since this thing ENDS WELL. How pessimistic to expect trouble. The end. Goddbye.
Plus, this being a modern version of the Tempest, what play does the protagonist, a theatre director, stage in the prison as a literacy project for inmates?
No joke. The Tempest. Margaret Atwood also seems to hate subtlety, together with believable characters who perform believable actions that are not dictated purely by the need to further a wreckage of a plot.
What is worse, the same review may be applied to her previous novel, The Heart Goes Last.
It is a pity, because The Handmaid's tale is one of my favourite dystopian novels. ( )
  Elanna76 | May 2, 2024 |
Alright, an easy read but the story didn't really grab me. I like other books she has written. ( )
  SteveMcI | Apr 17, 2024 |
I very much enjoyed this book. I'm not always a fan of revenge stories but the miserable part of the story isn't dwelled on over much, the bulk focusing on the main character's new agenda.

I'm the sort of reader that likes "brain candy," things like allusions or references to other works, literary devices, etc. This book has plenty, being a retelling of Shakespeare's the Tempest both within the book and as the book. I highly recommend it if you also like that sort of thing. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Feb 18, 2024 |
"Hag-Seed" was my first foray into the Hogarth Shakesepeare series, but hardly my first encounter with Margaret Atwood, whose novels and poetry I enjoy. I am not the most loyal fan of Shakespeare's works, but this reimagining of "The Tempest" was quite clever, on the one hand, but, on the other, it not capture my undivided attention so I did not feel compelled to pick it up in every spare moment as I ordinarily do when reading a good book. I will chalk it up to the temporal demands of the holidays and hope that I fare better with other books in the series. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
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While “Hag-Seed” is a book that’s great for a quick read, it doesn’t deliver the punches that the premises promise, making it an all-around mediocre book.
 

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“This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge
keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise
would heal, and do well.”

 —  Sir Francis Bacon, "On Revenge."
“. . . although there are nice people on the stage, there are some who would make your hair stand on end.”

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"But Shakespeare is such a classic."
Too good for them, was what she meant. "He had no intention of being a classic!" Felix said, adding a tinge of indignation to his voice. "For him, the classics were, well, Virgil, and Herodotus, and...He was simply an actor-manager trying to keep afloat. It's only due to luck that we have Shakespeare at all! Nothing was even published till he was gone!"
The prisoners loved the fight scenes. Why not? Everyone loved the fight scenes: that's why Shakespeare put them in.
A cruise ship filled with old people, people even older than himself, snoozing in deck chairs and doing line-dancing—that was his idea, if not of hell exactly, then at least of limbo. A state of suspension somewhere on the road to death. But on second thought, what did he have to lose? The road to death is after all the road he's on, so why not eat well during the journey?
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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?

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