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Margaret Atwood Æ 7 Free downloadClick here to watch a video eview of this book on my channel From Beginning to BookendFelix is the Artistic Director of the Makeshiwig Theater Festival and a theatrical visionary whose outlandish Make-Believe Beau re imaginings of Shakespeare s plays have both baffled and awed critics On the cusp of staging The Tempest a play Felix intends to make his greatest work yet an act of unforeseen treacheryelieves him of his positi Oh dear I think that Margaret Atwood and I are just not meant to be With the exception of Cat s Eye every time I Synopsis Quattuor Evangeliorum read one of her books I admire her cleverness her wry intellect and dry wit but I just can t connect Hag Seed gave me the same experience all over again Part of the Hogarth Old Hat New HatIt s just over 400 years since Shakespeare s death How can we ensure his continuedelevanceThe publisher s answer was to commision a series of Shakespeare Retold novels Atwood s
Answer Was To Demonstrate Exactly How To Cultivate Understanding Ofwas to demonstrate exactly how to cultivate understanding of enthusiasm for the Bard to modern and potentially unenthusiastic students low literacy prisoners Picture Do you have anything new by Shakespeare Atwood has a clear agenda Shakespeare was and is for everyone literacy matters and San-Antonio, Tome 7 rehabilitation of criminals is possible She is also anti establishment especially politicians and has mixed feelings about pretentious theatricalityPlotFelix Phillips is the Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Festivalenowned for She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth radical and very creative adaptations of the Bard After losing his wife and then small daughter he throws himself into staging his beloved Tempest only to be sacked andeplaced by a friend in leag I have now About That Night (FBI/US Attorney, read three of the foure imaginings of Shakespeare s plays and this is my favorite to date by far Atwood and I have had an on and off again A Hercules in the Cradle relationship but here she has outdone herself The Tempest a sorry of magic and fantasyevenge and hatred performed in a correctional institute by non violent offenders their stage manager F lix F lix has known his share of heartbreak and loss most A Sister's Memories: The Life and Work of Grace Abbott from the Writings of Her Sister, Edith Abbott recently betrayed by his assistant and ousted from a prominent positionWhat Atwood has accomplished here is original humorous magical and absolutely delightful She writesap songs performed in the play Accounting for Taste: The Triumph of French Cuisine reimagines lines and characters updates the dialogue and puts on a play with a few surprises that I would love to attend The characters are amazing lessons are learned and friendships are made Absolutely brilliant in my estimationARC from publisher After Felix artistic director of the Makeshiweg Festival gets weaseled out of his job by Tony his under cuttingight hand man he moves off grid into a hillside dwelling an old Its a World, World, World, World Mad rustic small shack with cobwebs a smelly outhouse surrounded by weeds He tidied up the inside space butdespite his pathetic attempts at domesticity he sleptestlessly and woke often Both Felix s wife and child are deceased He lived with grief yet when Felix was the artistic director of
the very eputable theatre company which slime ballvery eputable theatre company which slime ball is now it was Felix s memory of his 3 year old daughter Miranda who had Kayaking the Full Moon: A Journey Down the Yellowstone River to the Soul of Montana recently died of meningitis that gave him purpose in directing The Tempest which he never got to finish beingushed out uickly Sonow Felix has disappeared uite successfully The sorrow of the loss of his daughter is intensifying He d tries to stay busygoes to the library buys something at the hardware store just to hear the sound of an ordinary human
Felix begins to wonder what s happening to him Had he begun shamble Was he The Body on the T (Winston Windflower Book 2) regarded as a harmless local eccentric Was he subject of tittle tattle or did anyone notice him at all Did he even careThe silence began to get to him Not silence exactly The bird songs the chirping chirping of the crickets the wind in the trees The flies buzzing so contrapuntally in his outhouse Melodious SoothingSo what did Felix want What did he care about What was his purpose now After spendingeprehensible amounts of time sitting in the shade in an old chair he got from a garage sale staring into spaceHe s clear he needs a focus and purpose Eventually he concluded there were two things left for him to do two projects that could still hold satisfaction First he needed to get his TEMPEST back He had to stage it somehow somewhere His Love, Remember Me reasons were beyond theatrical they had nothing to do with hiseputation his career none of that uite simply his Miranda must be Just Like Nancy released from her glass coffin she must be given a life Second he wantedevenge He longed for it He daydreamed about it Tony and Sal must suffer His present woeful situation was their doing or a lot of it was They treated him shabbily He Lost in Cyberspace (Lost in Cyberspace, realizes that as Felix Phillips he s a washed up has been but as Mr Duke he might have a chance It s been 12 years since he worked for Makeshiweg His new stage takes place inside a prisonThe Fletcher County Correctional Institute in Ontario A low profile job engaging with people getting back in theeal world BRILLIANTNothing better to help mend grief and grievances than to bring Shakespeare to prisoners WHAT s NOT TO LOVE The job came his way through a teacher in the Literacy Through Literature program The woman who hired Felix was worried worried that the prisoners would not be able to handle Shakespeare given that many of them could barely Return to Dawn read Felix s argument was that Shakespeare s actors were journeyman and brickl. When Felix is deposed as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival by his devious assistant and longtime enemy his production of The Tempest is canceled and he is heartbroken Reduced to a life of exile inural southern Ontario accompanied only by his fantasy daughter Miranda who died twelve years ago Felix devises a plan for The Leadership Code retributionEventually he takes a job. Ayers and that they neveread whole plays themselves They memorize their lines I believe in hands on said Felix as authoritatively as he could Hands on what said Estelle truly alarmed now you have to The Leadership Code respect your personal space youe not allowed to We ll be performing said Felix That s what I mean We ll enacting the plays They ll do assignments and write essays and all that I ll mark those I suppose that s what s Miral reuired Estelle smiled youe very idealistic she said Essays I May B. reallyPieces of prose said Felix About which ever play wee doingYou eally think so said EstelleYou could get them to do thatGive me three weeks said Felix Once inside the prison this story is TERRIFIC Flex and the inmates enact modernized versions of Shakespeare including The Tempest At times hilarious often charmingand NO PROFANITY NO SWEARING well these prisoners are criminals so it s not a perfect science They loose points if they use swear words not used in the script The can t swear at any time if they are in discussion about the characters or themes of the play either or points OffBack to the drawing board SnakeEye addsSuck it up dickhead says Anne Marie or you can make your own fuckin goddesses plus no cookies Chuckles Swearing Swearing Points off says Leggs This book becomes a play within a play Felix is out for evenge staging a playjust as The Tempest is about a man Propero staging a play for The Kissing Bough revenge As I was expectingbut was still found inspiring Felix has a positive effect on the prisoners Moving AlongSlime Ball Tony is now a politician in Canada and he and other VIPswill be coming to see a video taped show of Mr Duke s inmate project with intentions of doing away with the Literacy Through Literature program Estelle knows Mr Duke is Felix Phillips she has kept Felix s secret for years and even added support of him with her own camouflage As far as everyone else toDistinguished visitors Dr Duke is just a broken down old geezer of a failed teacher Tony is going to have aude awakeningLet the La methode RUIZ: Deviens imbattable aux echecs! Une methode a perce le secret des echecs. revenge beginor Felix might say he is simply balancing the scales Wonderful fun funny touching teary eye at the very end Really touching WOWI LOVED ITThank You Netgalley Crown Publishing and Margaret Atwood The Tempest is my favorite Shakespeare play and Atwood is a genius I especially loved here telling of The Odyssey in The Penelopiad Naturally I had to ead this novel Although it didn t uite meet my high expectations it falls short of brilliant it is entertaining and wittyUnlike some books in this Hogarth series Hag Seed is on the nose with its Shakespeare infusion An acclaimed stage director is educed to leading a cast of prison inmates in a production of The Tempest Life imitates art of course and the adventure has an uncanny Beijing Coma resemblance to the playIt s a tried and true formula that Atwood does better than most but I did not get the sense she had obsessed over the Tempest uite as much as she did The Odyssey for the Penelopiad Iteads like the old Wishbone episode of the Tempest where the PBS dog weaves classic literatu The Tempest is my favourite Shakespeare play I ve ead it dozens of times and watched various versions of it over the years Unfortunately I ve not seen it live yet One day I ll see it live at Shakespeare s Globe in London There s so much to take from this play and Atwood s interpretation completely blew my mind The way she took one of the lines made me consider this in a completely new light This thing of darkness Ivoice Felix begins to wonder what s happening to him Had he begun
mine Caliban the seed of Hag could I acknowledge mine Caliban the seed of the Hag could Prospero s son How interesting I ve never even considered this before There s a very convincing though of course inconclusive argument made by one of the characters in here to suggest this But I digress This is far from the main point This book is about a man called Felix and he was the artistic director of a major theatre house until his assistant betrayed him and orchestrated a coup leaving Felix stranded in isolation Sound familiar Felix is our Prospero and he wants some evenge So many years after he is disgraced he gets his opportunity He stages his own version of The Tempest using prison inmates that he teaches to get back at those that wronged him It is marvellously clever He takes on the Drone (Troy Pearce, role of Prospero in the play and he also becomes him in hiseal life What does this tell us about the story Shakespeare wrote some truly brilliant narratives and they eally are timeless Here one has been used in a modern setting to tell us a story that has happened and will happen again I hesitate to generalise but one thing I ve learnt from eading a fair bit of Shakespeare is that his characters are My Life as an Indian real They could beeal They are easily to identify with and the stories they have are easily seen in later works and in people s actual lives The point is Shakespeare was a very perceptive man across his body of work he captured much of the human conditionSo Atwood has ecreated The Tempest here and it s beautiful She has crafted all the themes of the Tempest into the form of this man s life And ironicallyACKNOWLEDGE MINE CALIBAN THE SEED OF
He Knows He Is Living The Tempestknows he is living The Tempest starts to actually become like Prospero He becomes unhinged and can only taste that singular bitter pill known as evenge it is literally all that animates him and it almost drives him too far into the depths of obsessive despair though he has the power to come Teaching Literacy Through Theatre to the prisoners at the nearby Burgess Correctional Institution and is making a modest success of it when an auspicious star places his enemies within his each With the help of their own interpretations digital effects and the talents of a professional actress and choreographer the Burgess Correctional Players prepare to video their Tempes. Ack We all do Very much in the tradition of the play Felix comes back to himself This The Moor's Account really is a great piece of writing Ban ban Ca CalibanDon t need no master I am not your manSo stuff it up your hole gimme back what you stoleTellin you it s late I m fillin up withageI m gettin all set to go on a Beating NFL Teasers (English Edition) ram pageAin t gonna work for less than minimum wage Live in a shack and piss in a pailYou earn yourself money by puttin me in jailYou kick me in the head you dump me in the snowLeave me there for dead Cause I m nothin to youBan Ban Ca CalibanYou think I m an animal not even a manNow Hag Seed s black and Hag Seed s brownHag Put bluntly Atwood s last two endevors have sah huckedYeah this one s included here s why the premise of The Tempest Retold is masterful with the prison standing in for the island and the master portrayed as a theater director the temptation to bring a 400 year work from the best English writer of all time into our contemporary one deserves much applause And follow through Instead we get almost exactly where we thought that all of this was going this despite never havingead this Shakespearean play myself the prisoners that make up the players have no individual personalities and sound Sex Kitten rather too articulate Where s the grit There s zero plot involving what the prisoners would REALLY act like given the chance to express themselves in art Hag Seed has all theeadability and high ish literature you will ever likely find in a Margaret Atwood novel But like The Heart Goes Last it seems she just Hack Attack rushed the ending The plot ends prematurely theest is this lit appreciation We get many points of view about what the whole play means after the plot of the novel itself expires Like what I do not care to ead transcripts from a creative writingliterature class in a work of fiction Not in this format the expected masterpiece that finally lets you down A contemporary etelling of The Tempest Atwood s novel is part of Hogarth Shakespeare Series that celebrates the Bard s 400th anniversary and in my humble opinion it than succeeds in preserving his timeless thought provoking genius Instead of narrowing down the complexities of the original play Atwood embraces them all adding further layers of ambiguity that open up multiple levels of understanding of the plot and subplots creating a play within a play in a Russian doll narrative structureLike in Shakespeare s play the shifting forces between forms of freedom and imprisonment are at the core of the story Accordingly Atwood sets the action in the Fletcher County Correctional Institute an actual prison in Canada where a motley array of criminals play the parts of the famous characters directed by Felix Phillips our Prospero and former acclaimed theatre director Betrayed by his financial manager Tony Felix has to wait for twelve years before he is eady to scheme a Revenge That Will Harbor Hilarious that will harbor hilarious and heart breaking moments seducing all kind of audiences from the most skeptical to the less demanding eaderIrreverently humorous eclectic and subtly mordant about the Follow Me Home roles of institutions and politicians on prison policies and socialeintegration Atwood is at her best weaving wit depth and teasing in this adaptation The Bard s fierce literacy blends naturally with the slang modern language used by the inmates with a touch of impish glee that is most sparkling when
FELIX PERSUADES THE ACTORS TO USE ONLY CURSE WORDSpersuades the actors to use only curse words are present in the original text in exchange for smuggled cigarettes Improbable expressions like Scurvy awesome Way to Outcasts red plague go or What the pied ninny is this ensue making all the convicts not only endearing but also irresistibly funny An inventive tribute to the Bard that I bet he would have approved ofIn spite of the fast paced almost casual style of Atwood s storytelling and the light hearted teasing between the somewhat clich d cast of characters nothing is only one way in Hag Seed Everything comes in layers of double and triple meaning Felix is both victim and oppressor masterful playwright and prisoner of his own text the actors are potentially dangerous criminals but also dissenters in a corrupt unfair system The play itself like the island or the prison goes back and forth between illusion and truth vengeance and forgiveness confinement and liberating force like a shiftingeflection on a mirror that splits up the light ays into a prismatic ainbow The last chapters of the novel are climatic but they also invite the The World of Bernini reader to careful meditation Atwood seems to be asking whether we can ever get free from the inner prisons we build for ourselves Grief for his lost baby daughter shackles Felix for twelve years but her Ariel like spirit whispers to him amidst the vast oceans of time and possibility making the implausibleeal than The World of Bernini: 1598-1680 reality itself She seems to say that if you can suspend disbelief and allow the sprites and the goblins eavesdrop into your secret hopes and fears the poison might slowly turn into sweet wine But until whenWhat ultimately differentiates the villain from the hero is the courage to let go of those youetain at your side to gather enough stamina to set them free to send them back to the elements to the magic of timeless limbo and bid them a well meant farewell from our lonely shores and keep on walking at a steady pace towards the place we belong. T Not surprisingly they view Caliban as the character with whom they have the most in common However Felix has another twist in mind and his enemies are about to find themselves taking part in an interactive and illusion Dungeons for the Master: 177 Dungeon Maps and 1D100 Encounter Table ridden version of The Tempest that will change their lives forever But how will Felix deal with his invisible Miranda’s decision to take a part in the pl.