The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0279  Wednesday, 9 February 2000.

From:           Eric W Beato <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 9 Feb 2000 01:03:40 -0500
Subject: Re: Shakespeare Prequel Contest
Comment:        SHK 11.0256 Re: Shakespeare Prequel Contest

Being familiar with previous works by Updike, I was predisposed to give
the novel a chance.  As a general pattern, I do not expect a 'prequel'
to mean much.  But I received by Book of the Month Club version
Saturday, read the novel Monday and am about to start on a second

While it is not HAMLET, and it is not Shakespeare, it is beautifully
written and makes several suppositions that, in the context of this
novel, really work.  It is well-structured and uses outstanding

Overall, it is a great success.  I am glad to have been among the first
to enjoy it.

Rick Beato
Lisle IL Senior High School

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