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review 2017-03-25 15:35
"New Boy", by Tracy Chevalier
New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Tracy Chevalier
This is the author’s contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare series

Ms. Chevalier has given a contemporary spin to William Shakespeare’s “Othello” and has transported the tragedy to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard where a disastrous chain of events follows a black student’s arrival at a white elementary school.

Osei Kokote is the new kid in town, son of a Diplomat, he has moved a lot and became quite adept at dealing with being the only black kid in a white environment. To survive his first day he knows he needs an ally and he found one in Dee, the most popular girl in the school. But that alliance doesn’t please everyone. Ian vouches to put an end and crush their friendship…… By the end of the day pupils and teachers will be deeply affected……

The themes of racism, love, jealousy, revenge and repentance are revived in “New Boy” mix in racing hormones and place the drama in a schoolyard and you have a dynamic setting that is bound to be shocking and not end well. The author schoolyard depiction is right on: the clashes between kids, the hierarchies among them, their game, their emotions, etc. and how the adults react to bullying and racism. The book is easy to read, entertaining and a well-presented glimpse of schoolyard manipulation. It is a short novel that unfolds quickly and ends abruptly. Actually I had to reread the ending a few times to see if I hadn’t lost some pages….

“New Boy”, is unique way to live one day in the life of a group of sixth graders.


I received this ARC from Penguin Random House Canada via NetGalley
 
 

 

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text 2017-03-23 15:07
Reading progress update: I've read 1082 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Pericles manages to sail somewhere without getting shipwrecked!

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text 2017-03-23 13:53
Reading progress update: I've read 367 out of 517 pages.
Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being - Ted Hughes Hughes suggests that in most cases the later plays focus on the hero's inner life and not on the heroine's. He points out a few exceptions but doesn't mention Othello, which, it has oft been observed, seems to be dominated by the villain, Iago, rather than the Moor, let alone Desdemona.
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text 2017-03-22 15:50
Reading progress update: I've read 1080 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor Gower (the author of the source novel that Pericles is based on) appears as a chorus several times and steals the show in a manner that reminds be of the even better Chorus in Henry V.
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text 2017-03-21 12:51
Reading progress update: I've read 1078 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

What was going on again? Oh, yeah - something completely preposterous. In a book full of preposterous plots, this one stands out because it isn't even a comedy. It reminds me of the daft goings on in Mediaeval romances.

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