One needn’t be a Shakespeare fan in order to love this retelling of The Tempest. The author conveniently summarizes the plot in an appendix. Anyway, the story flows along smoothly without the need for external reference.
Years ago, I tried reading The Handmaid’s Tale and found myself unequal to that task. The writing seemed pedantic and difficult. Now, I am encouraged to read all of Atwood’s works. This book is brilliant. The hero, Felix, is the director of his experimental theater troupe who has delegated routine chores to his assistant, Tony. Tony, however, ousts Felix from his job and installs himself as the director. Felix, deeply hurt by this betrayal, takes refuge in a rural hideaway and gives up on life. However, a new job brings him hope for revenge and a restored life. He accepts a teaching job in a maximum security prison, where he will stage his unusual Tempest with prisoners and a young actress in the key roles. This book is funny and wonderful. Highly recommended for Shakespeare lovers and those seeking revenge.