Nesbo vs Shakespeare


Quotes from the Scottish play Macbeth such as “Out out damned spot” were being remembered from high school days as Pageturners talked about Jo Nesbo’s re-imaging of the play into a 1970s police corruption and drug gang tale as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

The discussion centred around characters and plot twists from the book and what was in the play. From Lady Macbeth’s influence over Macbeth and demise, the purely evil Hecate, witches and their “brew”, Caithness becomes a policewoman, Duncan is head of the police and Malcolm is his deputy, Macduff is re-named Duff and is head of the Narcotics Unit, Macbeth heads the SWAT Unit and chases power like a drug while the book is filled with murders and a high body count. Locations – Fife, Inverness and Birnam Wood also feature in the book in various guises.

Pageturners described it as action-orientated, engrossing, parallels were good, fast-paced, exciting, lengthy, dragged-on, far-fetched, awful, uncomfortable, dark and violent.

Some of our Pageturners disliked it with one minus score and 2.5s or loved it with scores of four out of five. The average score was 3.

The next read on 11th July is the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  It’s Bronte’s masterpiece about Cathy and Heathcliff – a tale of love and revenge on the Yorkshire moors.

On 8th August we will discuss books on the Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist. Please read one of the novels and we will have a competition to try and guess the winner. Some of the books are now available on Borrowbox through Central West Libraries. 

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