Ophelia

Ophelia

A Novel

Book - 2006
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In a story based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books, c2006
ISBN: 9781599902289
9781582348018
1582348014
Branch Call Number: KLE
Characteristics: 328 p

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Kitakomenome
Nov 10, 2017

A different viewpoint from the book/play "Hamlet" by Shakespeare, Lisa Klein tells the heartbreaking novel from Ophelia's point of view. I have read both this book and the original "Hamlet" and it really helps to hear both sides of the story.

This book had me crying from beginning to end (I'm pretty emotional when it comes to books) and I really like what [the author of Ophelia] did. I highly recommend this book!

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ABenoit
Mar 16, 2014

Iloved it. It's nice to get a perspective from a womans side of things. Plus, i love Shakespeare, so this was awesome.

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renheart115
Apr 13, 2013

I love this side of Ophelia. Thank you Lisa, for giving her a voice. Very enjoyable twist to the story.

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wallyb
Nov 21, 2011

Good parallax story about a somewhat neglected character in Hamlet, the girl Ophelia, who in this book becomes, for a while, part of Hamlet's plot to overthrow his uncle. The first two-thirds of the plot leads up to and includes the play, but since she appears in the play very little, you don't see much of the play itself. The last third of the story is what happens to her after the play's action has ended - obviously there are some surprises in store.

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d21221
Feb 23, 2011

When I first picked up this up book I was a little skeptical. I thought that maybe the book would just play up the love story between Ophelia and Hamlet. And in the first part of the novel it does seem that Klein had just made Hamlet into Romeo and Juliet. However, once I read further I was pleasantly surprised at the direction of the novel and how Ophelia's character was developed. It delves into how Hamlet's quest for revenge impacts their relationship and adds interesting twists without being ridiculous. I think anyone who has enjoyed the original will find this interpretation quite interesting. As well, you do not need to have read Hamlet to enjoy it, anyone who likes historical fiction will be able to appreciate Ophelia.

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BreannaJ
Oct 25, 2010

I liked this book because it's a rewrite of classic Shakespeare. Its always easier to read the rewrite and get through it than to read the original and get bored to death.

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