Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Note: Falling For Hamlet

Ray, Michelle. Falling for Hamlet. New York: Hachette, 2011.

Falling for Hamlet is a novel that resets Hamlet in a modern era and tells it from Ophelia's perspective. I read some of this novel—the tagline ("First Comes Love, Then Comes Madness") is intriguing, after all—but I never really got very far in it. One of the sections I managed to read contained, on page 155, the following text message from Laertes to Ophelia:
Laertes: R u stupid? what did I say? 
You may, if you wish, click on the image below to enlarge that page and to read a bit more.  That's about where I put the book down, hoping time would fortify me for the rest. Even to my untrained ears, that rang false. It just didn't sound authentic.

Instead of finishing the book and writing a brief review of it, I'll point you all toward the reason I didn't feel a need to finish reading it. Try this astonishingly-funny and magnificently-detailed review by one of the good people of Pursued by a Bear. The reviewer is in the book's target demographic, and she is delightfully-scathing in revealing her thoughts about its inauthenticity.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am lucky enough to have Michelle Ray as my Literature and the humanities teacher!!!!!! She is so nice and I love this book!

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