This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I read Margaret Atwood’s book in the series, Hag-Seed, a year or so ago but wasn’t crazy about her play within a play retelling of the Tempest. I’m reading Edward St. Aubyn’s contribution to the series now, Dunbar, and not quite sure yet how I feel about his version of Lear. This re-imagined Othello set on the playground of my youth, however, is fantastic. I was immediately drawn to the echoes of that time: monkey bars, playing jacks, jump rope rhymes and the luxury of an unstructured recess. Admittedly, since this was in my wheelhouse, my emotional […]
I’ve not read all the Hogarth Shakespeare project books yet, but I do like literary adaptations of classic works. The Austen Project books have not all been amazing, but most of the interpretations have been original and engaging, and they’ve shown me how a classic work rooted in its time finds its legs in a different century. Tracy Chevalier, whose historical fiction is among the few that I will read as a matter of necessity (with the exception of At the Edge of the Orchard), takes a turn with Shakespeare. And her play is Othello. If you’ve read the play […]
This booked exhausted me — I couldn’t stand the characters (I believe one of my status updates while reading it wished death upon the mother) and it was just horrible event after horrible event. I get that the 1830s were probably not the greatest time to be alive, but still! “Prying out a stump reminded him of how deeply a tree clung to the ground, how tenacious a hold it had on a place. Though he was not a sentimental man – he did not cry when his children died, he simply dug the graves and buried them – James […]
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge Tracy Chevalier fan, but haven’t been as good as I should have been in keeping up with her newest books. I read At the Edge of the Orchard and thought it was just okay, but I really did like The Last Runaway. Count it in the category with Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels. You can find my full review here.
The film adaptation of Girl with a Pearl Earring was released my freshman year in college (I think January of 2004), and for one of my Much Ado about English (the intro course to my major) projects, I wrote a comparison of the film with the book (spoiler: the book is so much better). Thus began my craze for Tracy Chevalier novels. My favorite to this day is Falling Angels, though I also very much like Remarkable Creatures, The Lady and the Unicorn, and Girl with a Pearl Earring. I’ve decided that Chevalier is a terrific writer, though some of […]
While not my favorite read so far, Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring is at least moderately enjoyable. More importantly, though it is set in the 1660s in Europe, this novel highlights the illusion of social mobility we cling to and our obsession with appearances. We like to think as a society that we have moved on from the prejudices of Griet’s days, but reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, some of what she faces feels all too familiar. Read the full review here.