Teaser Tuesdays #69: Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Margaret Atwood



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday:

Book cover for Hag-Seed by Margaret AtwoodTitle: Hag-Seed
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: October 11. 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

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.

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I am really enjoying the Hogarth Shakespeare series so far. I have also read Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler and it was a wonderful take on The Taming of the Shrew. When I saw that Atwood was also creating a ‘novel take’ on a Shakespeare play, I knew that I had to read it as well. There is so much humour in this book and I am finding that the teaching methods that Felix is using are so fantastic! The use of Shakespearean swearing is so much fun and I love how the characters have used it.

Here is the teaser:

The muscles in her sinewy arms are clearly visible.

“Whoa,” says a voice. “That’s …what the pied ninny is this?”

“She could tear a whoreson strip off you!”

“She’s got a plaguey tattoo!”

“Poisonous poxy!”

“What’s it scurvy about?”


14 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesdays #69: Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Margaret Atwood

  1. Lizzy says:

    I am SO looking forward to this book! I read Vinegar Girl too and enjoyed it. I’d love to see a slightly longer adaption of Taming of the Shrew, though.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I will admit that it was back in my high school days the last time that I read Shakespeare. And that was…. a LONG time ago. 16 1/2 years! So I am a little rusty on everything, aside from Romeo and Juliet which you hear about A LOT. So, I might have to freshen up with a funny retelling by an amazing author!

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