Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow of exemplary character… These words make up the first sentence in the synopsis of this book and I found myself going back to it at each display of Ihuoma’s “exemplary” character.
Retelling Shakespeare’s plays with a contemporary audience in mind seems like a great way to introduce his classics to a whole new generation and Margaret Atwood does such a great job of doing this while staying true to the source material. I confess I’ve never read the original “Tempest; I have had a copy for years and it still looks as good as it did the day I acquired it. Therefore, this review is from a first timer to Shakespeare, as I seem to have forgotten any of his other works I read in the past.
What do you get when you put an immigrant couple who think the USA is the best thing after sliced bread, a rich American couple who seem to have achieved the American dream, some puff-puff and fried plantain in the city that never sleeps? A fascinating debut novel about marriage, class, race, the immigrant struggle and the pursuit of happiness.
The only reason I wanted to read this novel was because: Zadie Smith. I had never read anything by her and after reading and hearing so much hype about her, the blurb played a minimal role in my choice to read this novel. Naturally I had very high expectations but it turns out this probably wasn’t the best Zadie Smith novel to start with. While it wasn’t a snoozefest, it didn’t come close to the level I had placed it on in my mind; so colour me disappointed.
Blurb Retired DEA agent Joe Nicoletti is a man in need of a change. Worn and weary from a career filled with criminals and violence, he dreams of living his life in peace and tranquility. He dreams of moving far from Washington, D.C., where every street reminds him of the sudden death of his wife, Kristen. He dreams of a town where art and literature dominate the conversations at the local coffee shop.