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A Novel

Klein, Lisa M.

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In a story based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books, 2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 1582348014
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616.�, (Hamlet)
Alternate Title: Ophelia


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Mar 16, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Iloved it. It's nice to get a perspective from a womans side of things. Plus, i love Shakespeare, so this was awesome.

Apr 13, 2013
  • renheart115 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I love this side of Ophelia. Thank you Lisa, for giving her a voice. Very enjoyable twist to the story.

Nov 21, 2011
  • wallyb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good parallax story about a somewhat neglected character in Hamlet, the girl Ophelia, who in this book becomes, for a while, part of Hamlet's plot to overthrow his uncle. The first two-thirds of the plot leads up to and includes the play, but since she appears in the play very little, you don't see much of the play itself. The last third of the story is what happens to her after the play's action has ended - obviously there are some surprises in store.

Feb 23, 2011
  • d21221 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I first picked up this up book I was a little skeptical. I thought that maybe the book would just play up the love story between Ophelia and Hamlet. And in the first part of the novel it does seem that Klein had just made Hamlet into Romeo and Juliet. However, once I read further I was pleasantly surprised at the direction of the novel and how Ophelia's character was developed. It delves into how Hamlet's quest for revenge impacts their relationship and adds interesting twists without being ridiculous. I think anyone who has enjoyed the original will find this interpretation quite interesting. As well, you do not need to have read Hamlet to enjoy it, anyone who likes historical fiction will be able to appreciate Ophelia.

Oct 25, 2010
  • BreannaJ rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this book because it's a rewrite of classic Shakespeare. Its always easier to read the rewrite and get through it than to read the original and get bored to death.


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