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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood


Why you should read this book:

A re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood features rich characters and a compelling storyline. This eulogy to Shakespeare is compelling for people who are familiar with The Tempest and provides a thrilling introduction for those who are not. With its ironic nods to contemporary culture and it’s engaging reframing of the text, it may even convert non-Shakespeare fans.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You’ve read The Tempest and hated it.
  • Literary explorations of Shakespeare bore you.
  • You prefer action-packed novels.

What Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood is about:

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood features Felix, artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival, who in spite of the loss of his wife and daughter, creates envelope-pushing pieces of theatre. That is until he’s betrayed by his partner and ousted from his position. Felix goes into exile, taking a position teaching a theatre course at the local prison under an assumed name. His course is popular with the inmates and soon attracts the attention of the very people who betrayed him. Finally, he can take his revenge. Felix arranges to put on a version of The Tempest in which his enemies’ lives will be forever changed. But will his invisible daughter, Miranda, throw a wrench into his plans?

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