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The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

The Tragedy of Arthur

by Arthur Phillips

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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.
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So [a:Arthur Phillips|16223|Arthur Phillips|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1300779822p2/16223.jpg] is one of my favorites so I'm predisposed to like this book. And it really doesn't disappoint. A story of the son of a con man who spends the whole book basically conning the reader, while complaining about being the son of a con man. And of course a whole phoney play by Shakespeare. Just read it--it's worth it. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
I had a difficult time keeping interest in this book. ( )
  Melwilk | Mar 19, 2020 |
Blah, didn't finish, ran out of steam mid way... ( )
  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
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. ( )
1 vote GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
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 |
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