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Posted June 25, 2008
This beautiful book is very striking in its art and design. Illustrated as if it was a tale retold by the painters of the Italian Renaissance, (especially Botticelli), the sprites are all angels, and even the font of the text is highly formal, but inviting, at the same time. Though the book is written in the type of prose that would one would expect in a storybook, the author kept some of the famous speeches intact and frames them in the margins of the pages. In this wonderful retelling, Beneduce emphasizes the fairytale nature of the plot, with the isolated island occupied by no one by a powerful magician and his beautiful daughter and the magical creatures that do them service. Although Prospero has been wronged by his brother, he has concocted this whole plot, (the shipwreck, the storms, the music and festivities of the island) all for the purpose of finding a good husband for his daughter and returning the wrongs done to him with grace and forgiveness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.