Books we love…

To celebrate Shakespeare Week, we are reviewing a play we love…HAMLET – the best ever written who-done-it tragedy!

This week’s blog post is written by Zvezdana, revealing some interesting facts and background about classic Shakespearean mystery story. 

He is young, handsome, clever, eloquent, honest, well-educated; he is rich, and he is a prince. What could possibly go wrong in this young man’s life?  

Well, firstly, his father dies in suspicious circumstances.  

Secondly, only two months later, his mother re-marries; swept from her feet, like a teenage girl, full of love – for her brother-in-law!   

Spies are everywhere, and the prince is suddenly questioning everything and everyone – his mother, his uncle/ “father”, his girlfriend, his friends from university, the ghost of his late father, and even questions his own existence!

The murderers of his father will not cease at anything. His life is in imminent danger, unless, he could fake his madness.   

Will he be able to solve his father’s murder and punish the culprits, before they silence him?  

Wow! The best Nordic Noir crime writers could not have done it better!  

William Shakespeare wrote ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’, often shortened to ‘Hamlet’, between 1599 and 1601.  

This revenge tragedy is Shakespeare’s longest play and it is considered one of the most powerful and influential works of world literature.  

Richard Burbage, from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, was the first actor to play Hamlet in 1601.

Since that time, for the next four hundred years (and counting), it has been every famous actor’s dream to play that role.  

Hamlet is available to borrow from our libraries in multiple formats. Click on the follow link to view our catalogue:  

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