Today's author spotlight: Margaret Atwood! The 77-year-old Harvard alum has been a life-long Ontario resident. You probably know most of her books and that she's won numerous awards. You might not know that she is Co-Founder and Director of Syngrafii Inc, created in 2004 to produce and distribute the LongPen Technology, a remote writing program, which she holds various patents on. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow
July reading wrap-up! This month, I read 8 new-to-me books and 6 re-reads, because July is my birthday month & I was in the mood to visit some old favorites (ACOMAF, ACOWAR, the Sookie Stackhouse series). New favorites are Hag-Seed and The Right Swipe. Overall a good reading month!
My fave Hogarth Shakespeare so far! So meta I thought so many layers of Tempests within Tempests would confuse me but it never did. If you‘re considering this please don‘t be put off by how confusing it looks cause I promise she makes it work. My two nitpicks is that writing rap isn‘t Atwood‘s thing and maybe she shouldn‘t try again, and the love at first sight was a bit unrealistic. A definite pick tho!
I listened to this book on audio and it was extremely entertaining. This is Margret Atwood's retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest (which I haven't read). It mostly takes place in a Shakespeare class taught inside a prison. The inmates are putting on a production of The Tempest while their teacher plots revenge.
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Went to see The Tempest at Shakespeare in the Park last night & enjoyed it so much that when I got home I immediately started reading Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, a retelling of sorts for the Hogarth Shakespeare series featuring a revenge-seeking theater director putting on a production of The Tempest at a prison. It's very good so far!
Such a clever retelling, it's the first Shakespeare retelling I have read and was very impressed at how well she portrayed each character and how cleverly she interwove an actual play of the tempest with the retelling. it was basically a book within a play within a play, spell binding!!
My first read on Libby! This app is awesome, I'm getting through so many books and the audiobooks have opened up a whole new world of reading.
Hag-Seed is an odd book. A short retelling of The Tempest. Part of me wonders if it would have been nearly as interesting had it not been. I still enjoyed it but it didn't give me anything more than being an interesting hunt for the comparisons.
Even though I have not yet finished the last 7 books I have recently posted about, I have started another book, Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed on audio for all those driving, cooking and just being still times
I really enjoyed this retelling of Shakespeare's - The Tempest.
It keeps you on your toes, it's very fast paced but the writing is very good and it's a great, contemporary retelling.
My second Atwood book and I enjoyed this much more than - The Handmaid's Tale. Which I didn't like at all.
Fun! Thank you @RealLifeReading for this.
1. Pratchett is one of the best authors ever!
2. Enjoyed the Hunger Games series, not my favourite but fun. I'm sure there is another 'P' character I'll land on as soon as I post...
3. Not read much Margaret Atwood but I thought I'd give Hag-Seed a go as it popped up on Libby
4. Have this on hold on Libby!
5. A translated book from Nepal. I went there last year and this is set around their Royal Massacre
I went into this book prepared to be underwhelmed, but it turned out to be such a fun, engaging novel and a joy to read. Silly me for underestimating Margaret Atwood‘s talent for storytelling and cleverness in adapting Shakespeare‘s The Tempest in a multi-layered novel. #catsoflitsy
This was fun to read because it‘s very different from my usual books - I hardly know any Shakespeare I studied one book in high school “there‘s something rotten in the state of Denmark” but never knew what the tempest was about. The author made a really creative retelling that was in no way what I was expecting. The very end of the book briefly explains the actual play where you can see all the cool parallels.
I‘m a big Shakespeare nerd, so the Hogarth series hits the sweet spot for me. Especially this one, since I was lucky enough to see Margaret Atwood herself talking about it. Taking on Shakespeare‘s weirdest play is not a small feat, but Atwood tackles it with brilliance. I loved the parallels between magic and theater and the whole jail setting as the context for this adaptation. And I have a signed copy!!!
I am currently rereading Shakespeare's complete plays and am trying to read contemporary interpretations alongside.
While I was uncertain at the start, I really loved Atwood's version of a play mirroring a story. Sure, Felix was not the most sympathetic character, but then neither is Prospero. And I saw the original play with new eyes in the process. Could I ask for more?
And if I haven't raved enough about the Stratford Festival (the Canadian one, for any international Littens who were thinking UK 😊) - as the perfect addition to the amazing production of The Tempest this year, Margaret Atwood will be coming in September!!! There was no question - I already bought my ticket 🙌🙌 #margaretatwood #hagseed #thetempest #williamshakespeare #stratfordfestivaltheatre
It makes me so sad to be finished reading this book, the sun is setting on Margaret Atwood & Shakespeare together as one. I had delayed reading it since it was first published because I thought it couldn't possibly live up to my expectations of it. Happy to say I was completely wrong. Brilliant is the only way to describe it - I am SOOOOO excited to go see The Tempest in 2 weeks at the Stratford Festival! ❤❤❤
I seem to pick the worst topics (for peace of mind) when I'm camping. Last time it was about a torture cabin in the woods. This time is a retelling of The Tempest (i.e. a giant storm) while I wait for the thunderstorms being predicted arrive. Good thing I love being outdoors and not too much scares me related to this! 🌲🏕📚🌧🦋🐜🌳 #campingislife #readanywhere
As an Atwood fan I was really worried I wasn't clever enough for this one! It's been a long time since I've studied The Tempest and I probably didn't pull out nearly as many of the themes as were possible, however it was a compelling read in its own right. I love the reimagining of stories..here, The Tempest plays out in a Men's Prison. Pictured with my 1947 Complete Works, found in my Parent's Attic but I daren't read it's tissue paper pages!
Had a lovely evening fire last night and managed to really dive into #Hagseed (LOVING!) as I'm hoping to finish it before I see The Tempest in Stratford in a few weeks. Unfortunately a fire ban is now in effect, so guessing it will be many weeks or more before we can have another fire 😕
So the little make-up I had on melted off my face, my hair is a disgusting mix of spray sunscreen & bug spray, & I drank over 2 litres of water/sweated it all out. BUT, I toughed out the 44°C humidex & read with *no* shade in the boat for almost 4 straight hrs #dedicatedreader #ormaybemasochistic Pale skinned peeps out there will understand how hard this feat really was - took 90% of a can of sunscreen to do this w/out blister-inducing burns ☀☀☀
On Sunday mornings my husband goes off to play football so I have a little ritual of lying in, cooking myself a little breakfast and getting stuck into a book. I've loved every Atwood I've read so especially looking forward to this one.
Happy #sockswap box opening day! I couldn't wait to open mine! 😀
Thank you @Susanita - this is a fantastic box! I ❤️❤️❤️the socks. And I haven't read either of the books & I'm looking forward to both. Everything is so thoughtful! And I loved how you wrapped everything. Such a fun box! 😊
And a huge thank you to @JPeterson for organizing this swap!
Currently visiting family, so haven't had a lot of time to Litsy or read. Playing catch up for a little bit this morning ☺. This #retelling of The Tempest was written by the incomparable Margaret Atwood (who just so happens to be #female).
A decent retelling of a classic Shakespeare play. Not sure how I feel about the play-within-a-play trick. On the one hand, it‘s an easy way for those unacquainted with the play to get the gist. On the other hand, it feels kind of lazy. That said, Atwood definitely had her own updated revenge plot that kept me reading until the end. This was a fun, quick read that I would recommend for a rainy afternoon.
An intriguing take on The Tempest‘, exploring revenge and individual liberty, set against the backdrop of a drama therapy group in a Canadian prison. The ending was not quite as strong as I had hoped, but the book was thought provoking. Read my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29245653-hag-seed #shakespeare #margaretatwood #hagseed #canadianliterature #thetempest #drama #dramatherapy #prison #williamshakespeare #tragedy
Enchanted by Margaret Atwood‘s novel ‘Hagseed‘, and its gripping exploration of ‘The Tempest‘, which I tend to think of as Shakespeare‘s ‘White Album‘. #margaretatwood #hagseed #thetempest #shakespeare #williamshakespeare #books #bookstagram #currentlyreading #cotebrasserie #muswellhill #n10 #muswellhillbilly #coffee #caffeine #caffeineaddict #booksandcoffee #coffeeandbooks #wakeupandsmellthecoffee #muswellhillsaturday #shakespeareswhitealbum
January wrap up: 12 books total. I made a goal to read only one book at a time instead of my usual 2 or 3 to really absorb what I‘m reading. So far I‘m sticking to it.