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The Tragedy of Arthur

by Arthur Phillips

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Well done, even though I knew it was fiction, I found myself wondering. Pastiche well executed. The author's footnotes in the play itself - priceless. ( )
  cookierooks | Nov 16, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this metafictional take on Shakespeare. It's well-written, and Phillips does a good job with the characters, but honestly I just thought it was a really fun and interesting story. And as much as I like Shakespeare, I thought much of what Phillips had to say about the way we see Shakespeare today was spot-on. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
just didn't grab me, didn't finish it ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 2, 2016 |
Too clever by half. A supposed lost early play of the Bard is discovered--by Arthur's father, a con man, who has spent most of his life in jail, for, among other forgeries, faking lottery tickets, making crop circles. The play is given to Arthur, his son and narrator of the Introduction. Is this Tragedy of Arthur really by Shakespeare, or is it a fake? To me the play itself was a pastiche of the history plays and of Macbeth, thrown together in a jumble. Random House, Arthur's publisher, insists on its publication but permits Arthur to write an introduction, hence Arthur's explaining his motivation.

Original and creative, but often repetitious. The play itself was BORING! ( )
  janerawoof | Dec 4, 2015 |
This is such an amazing novel that, by the end, it has me questioning whether it might in fact be the memoir it pretends to be in the "Introduction" that makes up almost its entirety. The Shakespearean-esqe? play at its end comes as a fun bit of lagniappe. I think Phillips may have created a new genre, and I suspect this will turn up on the assigned reading lists of teachers of English literature for years to come. I finished the book a week ago, and I'm still pulling apart layers in my mind. ( )
  Phyllis.Mann | Jul 13, 2015 |
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When their long-imprisoned con-artist father reaches the end of his life, Arthur and his twin sister become the owners of an undiscovered play by William Shakespeare that their father wants published, a final request that represents either a great literary gift or their father's last great heist.… (more)

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