author: John Marsden
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but Hamlet canít be sure whatís causing the stench. His rage at his motherís infidelities -- together with his greed for the sensual Ophelia and his dead fatherís call to revenge a "murder most foul" -- have his mind in chaos, and he wants to scatter his traitorous uncleís insides across the fields. But was it really his fatherís ghost that night on the ramparts, or a hell-fiend sent to trick him? "Action is hot," he tells Ophelia, who lives shut up in a tower with her longings and lust. "Action is courage, and reflection is cowardly. Picking up the knife has the colors of truth. As soon as I hesitate. . . ." In this dark, erotically charged, beautifully crafted novel, John Marsden brings one of Shakespeareís most riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity.
The Dane as never seen before -- in a daring, dazzling, sexy prose retelling of Shakespeareís tragedy by best-selling author John Marsden. (Age 14 and up)