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    Brilliant.

    After finishing the last page of Atwood's brilliant retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest, my heart hurt so much that I hugged the book to my chest. What a completely delightful, wonderfully intelligent read. I was drawn in slowly by Atwood's story, until suddenly I found myself resentful of anything that forced me to put the book down. Hag-Seed often made me laugh, and once brought me to the brink of tears; I thrilled through the fourth act and it sincerely made me reflect on the need for widespread rehabilitation-focused prison models. In other words, this book has something for everyone, as would any Shakespearean play. Hag-Seed is perfect Shakespeare, and my favourite novel (so far) by Atwood. I loved it.
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    Hag_Seed

    I'm a great fan of Margaret Atwood's work. Her usual skill with language, imagination and wit are display here, but she is too constrained by her purpose: to provide a contemporary retelling of The Tempest. There is too much detail of the production of the play for my liking. Moreover, I find the working of the revenge plot too elaborate and unconvincing.
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    Delightful and Hilarious!

    I found it delightful. I frequently laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the many references not only to the Shakespearean play but also to the infighting at Stratford. A tongue in cheek expose of behind the scenes manipulation at the Festival. Loved it!
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    Tempest in a Prison

    Margaret Atwood has a great time playing with Prospero and the Tempest. I enjoyed the comic tension that builds as the play is produced by the bitter, vengeful protagonist in a prison. I worried that his sanity was slipping away but Alls Well That Ends Well. I highly recommend this book.
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    Atwood's best book in years

    Atwood's retelling of the Tempest is skillfully constructed and great fun. An embittered former director of a major Shakespeare festival uses a prison theatre program as a vehicle for revenge on those who forced him out. It combines Atwood's trademark sharp observation of human nature and dry humor with a thoughtful take on a familiar story.
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