Gertrude and Claudius
ISBN: 0449006972
EAN13: 9780449006979
Language: English
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 6.00" W
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
In his brilliant novel, Updike tells the story of Gertrude and Claudius, Kingand Queen of Denmark, before the action of Shakespeare's Hamlet begins.
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From the front Cover NATIONAL BESTSELLER A LIVING, POWERFULLY PHYSICAL WORK . . . UPDIKE IS A SUPERBLY SKILLFUL WRITER. -The Wall Street Journal WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS UPDIKE! Our own king of erudition has gone back to the Hamlet story to imagine its inception: its offstage pre-story, when Claudius fell in love with his brother's queen and that first dastardly deed in the garden was set in motion. Wickedly replete with allusions, weaving the history of ideas with the lustier possibilities of adulterous coupling. . . . There is something delightful about following Updike down this path, seeing his sentiments and sympathies unfold. -The Boston Globe WITTY . . . FRESH AND MOVING . . . Engrossing enough on its own terms to stand independently of Shakespeare's play. -Time [UPDIKE] HAS MANAGED TO CREATE IN GERTRUDE A GENUINELY COMPELLING CHARACTER, a woman who is, by turns, vulnerable and outspoken, daring and naive. . . . One of his most sympathetic and persuasive female characters. -The New York Times BRILLIANT. -New Republic

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