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Hamlet

A Novel

by John Marsden

eBook

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but Hamlet can't be sure what's causing the stench. His rage at his mother's infidelities — together with his greed for the sensual Ophelia and his dead father's call to revenge a "murder most foul" — have his mind in chaos, and he wants to scatter his traitorous uncle's insides across the fields. But was it really his father's ghost that night on the ramparts, or a hell-fiend sent to trick him? "Action is hot," he tells Ophelia, who lives shut up in a tower with her longings and lust. "Action is courage, and reflection is cowardly. Picking up the knife has the colors of truth. As soon as I hesitate. . . ." In this dark, erotically charged, beautifully crafted novel, John Marsden brings one of Shakespeare's most riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity.


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Publisher: Candlewick Press

Kindle Book

  • Release date: June 14, 2011

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780763654337
  • Release date: June 14, 2011

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9780763654337
  • File size: 584 KB
  • Release date: June 14, 2011


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Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB eBook

Languages

English

Levels

ATOS Level:5.3
Lexile® Measure:760
Interest Level:9-12(UG)
Text Difficulty:3-4

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but Hamlet can't be sure what's causing the stench. His rage at his mother's infidelities — together with his greed for the sensual Ophelia and his dead father's call to revenge a "murder most foul" — have his mind in chaos, and he wants to scatter his traitorous uncle's insides across the fields. But was it really his father's ghost that night on the ramparts, or a hell-fiend sent to trick him? "Action is hot," he tells Ophelia, who lives shut up in a tower with her longings and lust. "Action is courage, and reflection is cowardly. Picking up the knife has the colors of truth. As soon as I hesitate. . . ." In this dark, erotically charged, beautifully crafted novel, John Marsden brings one of Shakespeare's most riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity.


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