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Gertrude And Claudius (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Updike, John]
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Gertrude And Claudius (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition

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"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, Gertrude and Claudius is an intelligent little novel of whimsy. . . . 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 o

"Shakespeare's plays have had many offshoots. "Gertrude and Claudius," though, stands in a class of its own: a superlative homage from one imaginative veteran to another.""--The Sunday Times "(London)
"[A] pearl of a book . . . a game for real stakes . . . Updike has used Shakespeare to write a free-standing, pleasurable, and wonderfully dexterous novel about three figures in complex interplay.""--The New York Times Book Review"
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"A living, powerfully physical work . . . Updike is a superbly skillful writer.""--The Wall Street Journal"

"Shakespeare's plays have had many offshoots. Gertrude and Claudius, though, stands in a class of its own: a superlative homage from one imaginative veteran to another."--The Sunday Times (London)
"[A] pearl of a book . . . a game for real stakes . . . Updike has used Shakespeare to write a free-standing, pleasurable, and wonderfully dexterous novel about three figures in complex interplay."--The New York Times Book Review

"A living, powerfully physical work . . . Updike is a superbly skillful writer."--The Wall Street Journal

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Using details of the ancient Scandinavian legends that were the inspiration for Hamlet, John Updike brings to life Gertrude's girlhood as the daughter of King Rorik, her arranged marriage to the man who becomes King Hamlet, and her middle-aged affair with her husband's younger brother. As only he could, Updike recasts a tale of medieval violence and presents the case for its central couple that Shakespeare only hinted at. Gertrude's warmth and lucidity, Claudius's soldierly yet peaceable powers of command are seen afresh against a background of fond intentions and familial dysfunction, on a stage darkened by the ominous shadow of a sullen, disaffected prince.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140290907
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (5 July 2001)
  • Sold by: Penguin UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EVBXX4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #979,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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