Monday, July 18, 2016

Vinegar Girl/Anne Tyler/237 pgs.

The subtitle of the novel tells it all: the taming of the shrew retold. This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project whose purpose is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's works. In Tyler's version, Kate Battista is being encouraged by her widowed, researcher father to consider marriage to his foreign research assistant, Pyotr. Pyotr is getting close to being deported--marriage to Kate would solve the problem. I really like Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," and don't feel that Anne Tyler does the original characters justice.

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