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Ophelia's Revenge (Paperback): Rebecca Reisert
Ophelia's Revenge (Paperback): Rebecca Reisert

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Ophelia's Revenge (Paperback)

Rebecca Reisert

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After re-inventing Macbeth in her first novel, The Third Witch, Reisert now creates an alternative Hamlet. This is historical escapism with a savvy literary twist. Ophelia is restored to nobility after a childhood spent among the peasantry. She soon finds herself torn between duty and passion. Her misguided love for Prince Hamlet and her communion with ghosts augur ill, and she is soon instrumental in treason and murder. Surrounded by intrigue and deceit, Ophelia must use her wits to survive and save the lives of those she loves. Re-casting Ophelia as passionate schemer makes this a lively book. Unlike Shakespeare's fey madwoman, Reisert's heroine is spirited and enterprising, and it's easy to enjoy Ophelia simply as a feisty character. For Shakespeare fans, there is added sparkle in Reisert's inventiveness: Ophelia's Revenge re-interprets the play's key events with a real sense of mischief. Reisert's other characters are also entertaining: the author re-writes Claudius as sweet middle-aged lover, Gertrude as victim and Hamlet as hoodlum. Reisert's prose is rich and robust. Her imagery draws beauty from the mundane, and her characters' dialogue has a mediaeval twang without seeming obscure or contrived. The novel includes a wealth of detail about customs, food and costume, which will delight readers who enjoy well-researched historical fiction. Although Reisert's research is brandished a bit obviously at times, there is no doubting her grasp on the mediaeval period. Reisert refreshes the original story whilst remaining faithful to many of Shakespeare's ideas - love, honour, loyalty and revenge remain universal themes. The novel diverges enough from the original to sustain tension and the ending is particularly audacious. This is an atmospheric, knowing novel which will appeal to fans of historical romance as well as Shakespeare aficionados. Reisert has re-moulded the Bard's most famous work for a contemporary audience. (Kirkus UK)
Passionate Ophelia longs for a life as huge as her spirit. She seems to get her chance when she's taken to Elsinore Castle to rejoin her unknown father, but soon she's torn between her love for the glamorous Prince Hamlet and the wild pirate Ragnor. As she struggles to understand why she's the only person able to see the multitudes of ghosts who haunt the castle, she finds herself drawn into a plot to kill the queen and replace her with Ophelia herself. One desperate act leads to another until madness seems the only path to save those she loves in the dangerously mad world of the Danish royal court.


Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: July 2003
Authors: Rebecca Reisert
Dimensions: 196 x 132 x 32mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 528
ISBN-13: 978-0-340-77119-8
Barcode: 9780340771198
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Historical fiction
LSN: 0-340-77119-4

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