Book Hunters in Brief #105: Shakespearean Spin-Offs

If nothing else, you have to admire the courage of a writer who can look at one of the acknowledged masterworks of perhaps the greatest single body of work in the western canon--Hamlet, The Winter's Tale, King Lear--and ask herself, "What if I...?" If that same writer takes it a step farther and answers the question for herself on paper for all the world to see, well, you just have tip your hat, hoist your glass, give a few hearty "huzzahs" and keep your fingers crossed that she isn't hoisted with her own petard (to borrow a phrase from Big Bill).

That's what Book Hunters in Brief is doing this week: saluting some serious literary chutzpah with these Shakespearean spin-offs.

The Great Night by Chris Adrian (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson (The Winter’s Tale)

Prospero’s Daughter by Elizabeth Nunez  (The Tempest)

The Dead Father’s Club by Matt Haig

Fool by Christopher Moore (King Lear).

You say Shakespeare in any form just isn't your cup of meat? That's okay. Stop by Book Hunters online, answer a few simple questions about what you're looking for, and we'll make you a custom reading list. Simple. Fast. Free.



can you please tell me about

can you please tell me about the books which are all time best... but please dont tell me about Shakespeare.. thanks

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