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The Tragedy of Arthur
     

The Tragedy of Arthur

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by Arthur Phillips
 

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The Tragedy of Arthur is an emotional and elaborately constructed tour de force from “one of the best writers in America” (The Washington Post). Its doomed hero is Arthur Phillips, a young novelist struggling with a con artist father who works wonders of deception. Imprisoned for decades and nearing the end of his life, Arthur’s

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The Tragedy of Arthur 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
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 He taught them both, especially Dana, all about Shakespeare and told them that he had been handed down a copy of an unpublished work called The Tragedy of Arthur.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.
PrairieSpy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this book was a little weird in a good way
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twigtip More than 1 year ago
Illuminated by Nabokov's Pale Fire and obscured by Pirandello's nesting-doll sensiblities, this novel is consistently entertaining.
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