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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
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Vinegar Girl

by Anne Tyler

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Series: The Hogarth Shakespeare (3)

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    The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (cbl_tn)
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    VenusofUrbino: Another Shakespeare retelling (this time "A Midsummer Night's Dream") that was really fun.
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I've never read the Taming of the Shrew so I can't tell you exactly how this stacks up. I will say that I have seen Ten Things I Hate About You, other Shrew retelling, about 150 times. I had never read any of Anne Tyler's books before, so I didn't know what to expect. The story is funny and charming with an imperfect heroine. This book was a great palate cleanser in the midst of some ghastly crime novels. ( )
  SarahLML | Mar 15, 2019 |
review to come, if I can find the will to go on. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
Not Tyler's best, nor the best of the Hogarth Shakespeare series ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 27, 2018 |
What an unalloyed pleasure! I was hesitant on the whole rewriting-Shakespeare concept--I'm not a purist, and Will himself borrowed plots aplenty in his day--but I enjoy a good surprise, and how surprising can a rewritten Shakespeare play be? Plenty, apparently. And Tyler takes the story a step beyond where others might have stopped, and that brought a tear to my eye, so well done.

The writing itself seemed effortless, which is the very best and most difficult kind of writing to achieve. All the characters were either likable or interesting or both. It was relatively short, but exactly the right length.

4 1/2 stars, but Goodreads doesn't allow for that, so I have to round down in this case as 5 stars have to be my very favourites. ( )
1 vote ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
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While it was an interesting redo of Shakespeare, this isn't the type of novel I typically read. However I'm a long time reader of the author and was ready to dive into another of her works. Knowing what was going to happen did distract from the read but overall it was fine ( )
  Mooose | Sep 17, 2018 |
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Tyler, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brand, ChristopherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dong, LorenDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potter, KirstenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilkins, SarahCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kate Battista was gardening out back when she heard the telephone ring in the kitchen.
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"Not all scientists prefer blondes."
(The unsatisfying thing about practicing restraint was that nobody knew you were practicing it.)
The thought didn't disturb her. She had used this room up, she felt. She had used this life up.
But she was pleased, in spite of herself. She knew what he was trying to say. ¶ It crossed her mind that if her mother had known too—if she had been able to read the signals—the lives of all four of them might have been much happier. ¶ For the first time, it occurred to her that she herself was getting better at reading signals.
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Anne Tyler's modern retelling of the Shakespeare play "The taming of the shrew."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804141266, Hardcover)

William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew retold as Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller
 
Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. Its answer is as individual, offbeat, and funny as Kate herself.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and her uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work—her preschool charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. 

Dr. Battista has his own problems. After years in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, Dr. Battista’s work may not ever be realized.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying—as usual—on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. Will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

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