Falling for Hamlet

Falling for Hamlet

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is set in the modern world of computers, cell phones, and paparazzi, and on a popular television talk show it is revealed that Ophelia has not died.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316134446
Characteristics: 1 online resource (348 p.)
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616. Hamlet.


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0Charlie Apr 06, 2019

I appreciated looking at the play Hamlet from a modern perspective (cellphones, paparazzi, police state), and how the author updated certain aspects (emails instead of sealed letters, a travelling improv troupe). It was also much more relatable to see Ophelia in the position of a commoner dating royalty and always being in the public eye. Ultimately though, I got tired of the unending teen angst, mad mood swings and I love him/ I hate him inner monologues. I guess I'm not a teenager anymore.

Jul 08, 2016

I recently read Hamlet and loved all the lines that were from the play. This is a modern adaptation for Hamlin and from Ophelia's point of view. I enjoyed and would reccomend it.

FindingJane Apr 08, 2016

The author has brilliantly reimagined Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character from the viewpoint of someone who got rather short notice in his play—Hamlet’s girlfriend, Ophelia. Placing the story before the untimely death of Hamlet’s father, the play is opened up to include the outside world, the world beyond the castle walls, one in which Ophelia moves about, goes to school, makes friends and tries to pursue her interest in the arts.

Ophelia is a tortured character, as much so as Hamlet, whose slow descent into madness doesn’t look nearly so ambiguous as it does in the play. Set in modern times, Ophelia has to deal with the pressure of a public that simply won’t leave her alone, with the judgment of her peers and the baffling disapproval of her father and brother, both of whom seemed to condone her friendship with the crown prince—until the Ophelia and Hamlet became adolescents. It’s a lot to deal with and Ms. Ray shows how the stress of dancing around public opinion is magnified by a thousand when you’re dealing with royalty.

Hamlet is both accountable for his actions and used to brushing off the consequences. Ophelia, as a non-royal attendant at the castle, doesn’t have this kind of freedom. The book deals tellingly with how she handles and mishandles her volatile boyfriend, the fickle public and the ever-intrusive eyes of the press. When everyone is equipped with a cell phone, when cameras are literally everywhere, how can privacy be accorded? Where do you draw the line between public façade and private exposure?

It’s a gratifyingly incisive look at Shakespeare’s familiar chestnut, proving once again how his works are true classics and how a contemporary author of exquisite talent can open modern eyes to the beauty of his writings.

bschafer Aug 08, 2011

Absolutely amazing book. I loved every page, it made me cry, laugh. It was a great novel in every way.

BakerStreetIrregular Jul 25, 2011

I actually was quite disappointed with this book. I liked the idea that it was a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet but I ended up finding the book rather boring to read.


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