Ç Read Ç Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein ↠´ He Is Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark She Is Simply Ophelia If You Think You Know Their Story, Think AgainIn This Reimagining Of Shakespeare S Famous Tragedy, It Is Ophelia Who Takes Center Stage A Rowdy, Motherless Girl, She Grows Up At Elsinore Castle To Become The Queen S Most Trusted Lady In Waiting Ambitious For Knowledge And Witty As Well As Beautiful, Ophelia Learns The Ways Of Power In A Court Where Nothing Is As It Seems When She Catches The Attention Of The Captivating, Dark Haired Prince Hamlet, Their Love Blossoms In Secret But Bloody Deeds Soon Turn Denmark Into A Place Of Madness, And Ophelia S Happiness Is Shattered Ultimately, She Must Choose Between Her Love For Hamlet And Her Own Life In Desperation, Ophelia Devises A Treacherous Plan To Escape From Elsinore Forever With One Very Dangerous SecretLisa Klein S Ophelia Tells The Story Of A Young Woman Falling In Love, Searching For Her Place In The World, And Finding The Strength To Survive Sharp And Literary, Dark And Romantic, This Dramatic Story Holds Readers In Its Grip Until The Final, Heartrending Scene
There have got to be a million different retellings of Hamlet Different interpretations especially on film, whether its the straight Shakespearean story or something like the Tale of Edgar Sawtelle I decided ultimately to enjoy this as a retelling Lisa Klein knows she is not Shakespeare I was glad that I had taken Shakespeare Honors and knew a lot about Shakespeare and Hamlet already Hamlet is arguably the gem of English literature So this was my immediate reaction Like WTF are you fucking kidding me you can t pretend Ophelia didn t die and NO you can t mix her and Horatio ARE YOU KIDDING ME but I cheered up and enjoyed it when they made Ophelia this really cool feminist and very strong questioning woman Awesome I also thought the authors focus on Shakespeare s connection to herbs and plant life and acting for the character Ophelia was extremely well executed I wrote my Hamlet thesis paper on this myself.
Headstrong Ophelia is the youngest lady in waiting to Queen Gertrude of Denmark Gertrude is both the pious and kindly mother that Ophelia never had, and the cool aunt who lets the girl read courtly romances, philosophy, and bawdy poems Ophelia is also learning herbalogy from a local midwife, cheerfully pranking a mean girl at court, and nursing a giant crush on Prince Hamlet The fun and games come to a shocking halt while the prince is abroad The King is murdered by his brother Claudius, who quickly marries Gertrude The court is a gloomy, uneasy place when Hamlet and his best friend Horatio return and as supernatural visions give way to revenge plots, mistaken murders, and lunacy, Ophelia realizes that she can t save her Prince or her court, only herself and the secret she carries inside.
Content Advisory Violence Ophelia is harassed and molested by a royal guard named Edmund Claudius assassinates Hamlet Sr by pouring poison into the latter s ear while he napped in the palace orchard Assorted stabbings, none of which are shown A character drinks a poison to induce a coma Someone apparently commits suicide Two disturbed young men jump into a grave with a dead girl the sister of one and beloved of the other and slug it out over which of them loved her Sex Hamlet and Ophelia see Claudius slobbering all over Gertrude in public and are disgusted So disgusted are they that they promptly go off and have sex themselves The next day they are secretly married by a village priest off the palace grounds We see them kissing and cuddling, but no racy details are given A kid reading this will learn nothing about sex that they didn t already know Language Mild modern profanities and a few Elizabethan insults Substance Abuse Claudius is always hammered in this interpretation Nightmare Fuel view spoiler Ophelia s childbirth experience is described in a terrifying way, and apparently there was a lot of blood she was in and out of consciousness for most of it hide spoiler
Okay so I think my star rating needs some explaining I loved Part 1 and most of Part 2 If the book had stopped there I would have given this 3 4 stars Probably 4 But now, the book continues for another 100 pages of the most boring rambling Finding God story arch which doesn t so much arch as drivels along in a slow straight line.
I thought the whole last third of the book was so bad, the entire story gets 1 star.
I had to skim through most of the ending because it was so boring Ophelia didn t grow, she became petulant She didn t want to the kid then she did She couldn t tell anyone who she was, or where she was from or that she was carrying a kid Um last time I checked on small framed women you can t even hide that under a cloak mumu drapes of fabric That they couldn t tell until basically she was giving birth Really I knew a girl who tried to hide her pregnancy as a teen She got fat in all the pregnant places and by month 7 we all knew she was going to have a baby So first 2 3rds of the books 4 stars, add int he last 100 pages, negative 3 stars Rounding it out to 1.
I had wanted to be the author of my tale, not merely a player in Hamlet s drama or a pawn in the court s deadly game But what had I gained insteadSynopsis Do you know how hard it s been to be labeled insane for over 400 years , cries Hamlet to any disparaging soul willing to listen Hold my beer, mutters Ophelia Biblio Babble Feminist Shakespeare for the Win Despite the archaic times he lived in, Shakespeare s female characters, especially in his comedies, were known for their sharp wit, fierce intelligence, and even sharper minds However, Ophelia is not one of those characters She may be Hamlet s beloved, but we get little to know insight into her character, and what we do see is marred by madness and babbling Lisa Klein saw a serious opportunity to right the wrongs of Ophelia and rewrites her story not only to give her side, but to give her character and depth And she succeeds The Ophelia in this version rivals even the wittiest of Shakespeare s original creations with her dry humor, sharp intellect, and inability to let any man get in the way of telling her what to do She recognizes and speaks out against the double standards that men and women faced back than and still do now, for that matter , and is not afraid to put them in their place And she did this in a way that felt true to the time period, not as if a Riot GRRLLL suddenly crashed the 1600s, both in mannerisms and social situations Boyfriend of the Year He Isn t A while ago, Jean Rhys decided to write a feminist reimagining of Jane Eyre, focusing on Bertha Mason view spoiler the first wife of Mr Rochester who so memorably gets locked up in the attic This really shouldn t be a spoiler, but so I don t get trolls in my mentions yelling at me for spoiling the story, I marked it as such hide spoiler