Rowan Nancarrow Nancarrow itibaren Dafarpur, West Bengal, Hindistan
This book! Once again, my initial disappointment at reading a book with an Oprah sticker on the front (yep, I'm a snob) was washed away by the time I made it a few chapters into the book. Wroblewski's retelling of Hamlet on a Wisconsin (I think?) dog farm--a description that makes people laugh every time I provide it--is moving, thought-provoking, and surprisingly great. Four stars because at times the author is a little too in love with his own descriptions and language--great passages dragging on for too long, etc. But the book got me more than I expected it too. I loved finding the character parallels (not everyone is obvious at first) to Shakespeare's plays, and despite knowing how it would all end, the book hooked me with hope, sadness, disappointment. I'm still thinking about the implications of taking away Hamlet's voice. No, it's not Shakespeare, and it's not even a classic, but it's pretty dang good.