20 May 2017

Shakespearean & Creative | Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood


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 also brewing revenge.

After twelve 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?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.


Margaret Atwood’s novel Hag-Seed reimagines Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and even though I know nothing of the play’s story, Atwood fascinated me with her tale of retribution and redemption. It follows Felix, a renowned and betrayed theater director haunted by his past, as he finally sees an opportunity for sweet revenge through his prison production of The Tempest. Page after page, the story reads like a creative interpretation while keeping the original play at its heart. An excellent addition to Hogarth Shakespeare, Hag-Seed is an enjoyable book, perfect for fans of Shakespeare and contemporary fiction. Now, I think I need to go check out the Shakespearean version.


Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a complimentary copy of Hag-seed and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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