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The Tragedy of Arthur

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    Great for Fans of Shakespeare!

    This is an interesting take on the legend of Shakespeare. Arthur Phillips and his his twin sister Dana are influenced by their father. He was a master conman who ended in prison. He taught them both, especially Dana, all about Shakespeare and told them that he had been handed down a copy of an unpublished work called The Tragedy of Arthur. As you can never believe what their father said you can never know whether the book is genuine or an elaborate hoax.

    Dana is infatuated by Shakespeare and even concocts an elaborate tale of who wrote his works based on some theorists that beliefs that somebody else, possibly more than one person wrote those great dramas. Arthur adores Dana and she becomes his most trusted confidante throughout life, while Arthur tries to find himself. He seems to go through life hoping for his father's approval and always comes away disappointed by his brief visits to see him in jail.

    Arthur goes into writing and makes a life for himself in Europe. After a failed marriage he comes back and tries to make a new start of it. Throughout the book he narrates different acts from the Tragedy of Arthur and the last third of the book is the actual manuscript. For those that are Shakespeare buffs, they will probably rate this book higher and spend hours reading and dissecting the manuscript. I found the book to be a very interesting human interest tale and made me more interested in finding out more about Shakespeare's plays.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    What a ride!

    Arthur Phillips is one of the most original writers we have these days. Each book he writes takes you to new places in new ways. This one skewers the memoir and takes aim at the cult of Shakespeare. Who was this guy? Why do we revere him and consider his work above criticism. I just laughed all the way through this. Enjoy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Good book

    Thought this book was a little weird in a good way

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Great fun.

    Illuminated by Nabokov's Pale Fire and obscured by Pirandello's nesting-doll sensiblities, this novel is consistently entertaining.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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