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Diana W. Knowles

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Clever and Wickedly Funny Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-2018

What a piece of work is this! How noble in language, how infinite in imagination! In form and moving, how express and admirable ... in telling how like a god ... ( With apologies to Shakespeare!) I thoroughly enjoyed Ian Mc Ewan’s playful retelling of the Hamlet story, and I am in awe of the author’s masterful use of language, which is accentuated by the excellent audio book narration. This is a wickedly funny and very clever story. Mc Ewan even manages to work in the device of the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Yet, although numerous Shakespearean references are skilfully integrated into the story, readers would still enjoy this book without having any knowledge of the play, ‘Hamlet’. The characterization is excellent, and the well-told story is both amusing and suspenseful. I highly recommend this audio book and intend listening to it again and again to appreciate the beautiful prose and bitingly funny and insightful commentary.