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Rough Magic
     

Rough Magic

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by Caryl Mullin
 
Follow the interwoven stories of two girls and one woman, their lives all tied to the enigmatic figure of Caliban, the character first introduced by Shakespeare in The Tempest, his famous play of love, loyalty and magic. Rough Magic forms both prequel and sequel, telling the stories of the sorceress Sycorax, Caliban's mother; Miranda's daughter

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Follow the interwoven stories of two girls and one woman, their lives all tied to the enigmatic figure of Caliban, the character first introduced by Shakespeare in The Tempest, his famous play of love, loyalty and magic. Rough Magic forms both prequel and sequel, telling the stories of the sorceress Sycorax, Caliban's mother; Miranda's daughter Chiara, who becomes like a daughter to Caliban; and Calypso, a magical young woman with ties to them all. All three women must fight against a world that sees magic as evil and uses women as political pawns. Finally, it is the island and its power that draws them all back, demanding amends from the humans who have exploited its natural wonders. A magical story that combines an old-fashioned tale of shipwrecks, adventure and sacrifice, with an inspiring message of the earth's power and our environmental responsibility.

Caryl Cude Mullin grew up on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and as a result developed an abiding fascination with islands and odd characters. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec, where she works as a teacher and writer.

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"An absorbing and fascinating re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest...The characters are vivid and compelling."
Booklist
"With so many strong women running about and employing dark arts, Rough Magic reads more like The Mists of Avalon than Shakespeare… Mullin's environmental message of hope and restoration is an enthralling take on the Bard."
Canadian Children's Book News
"An intriguing re-imagining...The chief strength of this moody and atmospheric book is the aura of ancient magic it captures."
CM Magazine
"The power of transformation shines through this retelling. The power of water and shipwrecks, magic and alchemy, and parental love and devotion steamroller their way through this compelling story...Lively dialogue demonstrates character and dramatic tension...This complex, poetic novel with its shifting settings and times (at once both real and imagined) will appeal to sophisticated readers. Highly Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"This is a beautiful, horrific, heart-breaking, and heart-warming story...One ambitious and heroic tale worth reading. Recommended."
Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
In this spellbinding tale, Caryl Cude Mullin provides both a prequel and sequel to William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The story begins with Sycorax, a young princess who possesses strange and frightening powers which eventually lead her to an enchanted island. Sycorax and her homely son Caliban live on the island among spirits and mermaids until the sorceress's death. Enter the foreign wizard Prospero and his young daughter Miranda, who swiftly become Caliban's masters. In Mullin's version of the story, Caliban is portrayed as a vulnerable protagonist and the reader firmly sympathizes with him. This differs greatly from the original play in which Prospero is depicted as protagonist. The story follows Caliban's life as he leaves the island under the tutelage of Prospero, only to become enraptured by Miranda's young daughter Princess Chiara. As the old wizard ages, it becomes increasingly evident that Prospero's granddaughter Chiara also possesses some of his magical gifts. But only Caliban can bring her to their true home…the all powerful island. This is a wonderful story of love, adventure, devotion, betrayal, and magic, and it was immensely enjoyable to read. One need not have read Shakespeare's original play to enjoy this title. In fact, Mullin's conception may be a wonderful way for modern teachers to introduce students to The Tempest. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897187630
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Rough Magic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Forget everything you know about THE TEMPEST, 'cause Caryl Cude Mullin's ROUGH MAGIC ain't your mama's Shakespeare. Born of a corrupt king and power-hungry sorceress queen, raised in complete isolation on an island stripped of its magic, Caliban - previously portrayed as a nonsensical, gibbering rapist - takes center stage. In contrast, this Caliban is a quiet, gentle soul, subject to the whims of a magic-maddened mother, angry island spirits, and a pompous, self-important alchemist king. Caryl Cude Mullin depicts not just the events of William Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, but the origins of Caliban's mother, his childhood on the island, his subsequent departure as Prospero's servant, and his final return. Spread out among multiple characters, including Prospero's granddaughter, Chiara, and a mysterious young girl disguised as a boy; the expanded narrative allows for a rich, nuanced exploration that has, until now, been one-dimensional. Ms. Mullin depicts the characters' plights with such sophistication and deft that it's possible to empathize with each one, even the villains. Books like this are a rare and genuine treat.