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The Dane as never seen before — in a daring, dazzling, sexy prose retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy by best-selling author John Marsden.

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but Hamlet can’t be sure what’s causing the stench. His rage at his mother’s infidelities — together with his greed for the sensual Ophelia and his dead father’s call to revenge a "murder most foul" — have his mind in chaos, and he wants to scatter his traitorous uncle’s insides across the fields. But was it really his father’s ghost that night on the ramparts, or a hell-fiend sent to trick him? "Action is hot," he tells Ophelia, who lives shut up in a tower with her longings and lust. "Action is courage, and reflection is cowardly. Picking up the knife has the colors of truth. As soon as I hesitate. . . ." In this dark, erotically charged, beautifully crafted novel, John Marsden brings one of Shakespeare’s most riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781743158081
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Publication date: 04/08/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 15 Years

About the Author

John Marsden is the author of thirty popular and acclaimed novels, including the classic Tomorrow series and The Ellie Chronicles. He lives in Australia.

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Hamlet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Something's rotten in Denmark, but this time, it's not Shakespeare's normally confusing play. Marsden does a fantastic job of taking the Bard's poetic writing and updating it for modern readers. Hamlet still faces issues the original author set for him (an unfaithful mother, a murderous uncle, the hauntingly attractive Ophelia), but the reader is able to delve more deeply into the characters as they are brought to life by Marsden's beautiful prose. Since this is a modern version, it does have a few instances of cursing as well as some sexual innuendo, so I feel it would be better suited to older teens and adults. Thanks to a fantastic high school English teacher, I never had trouble understanding HAMLET, but I enjoyed reading Marsden's version and seeing a more modern twist on the story.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A retelling of Shakespeare's classic story of murder and revenge, in novel form and modern English.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never read Hamlet as a student, but I probably would not have enjoyed it much because I didn't enjoy reading Shakespeare's Old English. This book is an accurate retelling of the story in modern day language. The author has not changed the time period, the actors, or any of the story, but has made it more accessible. I enjoyed it very much, thought it was a great story, and think it would be a good book for a class to read prior to reading Shakespeare's actual words. Also, since I never did read Hamlet as a student and was not about to on my own, I like that I now know the plot, whereas before I was somewhat sketchy on a classic that all people should know.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whether foolhardy or hubristic, Marsden¿s novel take on Shakespeare¿s play is a success. He updates the prose, keeps much of the poetry, and lets us into the hearts and minds of Hamlet, Horatio and Ophelia, as a production of the play would do. The end result is an eminently readable, widely accessible tale, especially geared to young adults. The humor, sexuality, romance, tragedy and horror is all there, but told in a different style suited to the medium of the novel.This novel is a wonderful addition to the ever-expanding Hamlet oeuvre (like The Tale of Edgar Sawtelle and Undiscovered Country from last year) as well as a good introduction to the play for potentially reluctant readers.
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This book is simply amazing and full of genius. I love Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and to see it in a new way fills me with excitement. The author has managed to take a great play and twist it and tweak it just enough to give it more life. He cleverly follows the plot and keeps an excellent portion of quotes from the play while adding a little something more to it. I was not dissapointed with this book at all and it makes understanding "Hamlet" easy.
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