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He is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; she is simply Ophelia. If you think you know their story, think again.
In this reimagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen's most trusted lady-in-waiting. Ambitious for knowledge and witty as well as beautiful, Ophelia learns the ways of power in a court where nothing is as it seems. When she catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and Ophelia's happiness is shattered. Ultimately, she must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret.
Lisa Klein's Ophelia tells the story of a young woman falling in love, searching for her place in the world, and finding the strength to survive. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2006.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781582348018
Branch Call Number: YF
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm


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A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective.

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0Charlie Apr 30, 2019

I read a lot of works where the author uses a secondary Shakespearean character and re-imagines their life story. I very much enjoyed this one. The author creates a compelling backstory for our main character, Ophelia, in keeping with the tragic nature of the play, Hamlet, By setting the stage, if you will, the reader is willing to accept the new directions when the author steps away from the main path. Highly recommended for Shakepeare buffs as well as teen fiction readers.

May 02, 2018

I have loved the play Hamlet for years, and I was really excited to read this new take on the story; Ophelia is a character you almost immediately fall in love with, and continue to love her as your pulled along on her journey through young love, murder, mystery, and heartbreak. It is a lovely retelling of the classic tale, and I would highly recommend!
NOTE: There is reference to Ophelia 'losing her girlhood' to Hamlet in an earlier chapter, so I would not recommend this to younger readers. But to older readers above 13, this is a wonderful story, especially for lovers of Shakespeare!

Nov 10, 2017

A different viewpoint from the book/play "Hamlet" by Shakespeare, Lisa Klein tells the heartbreaking novel from Ophelia's point of view. I have read both this book and the original "Hamlet" and it really helps to hear both sides of the story.

This book had me crying from beginning to end (I'm pretty emotional when it comes to books) and I really like what [the author of Ophelia] did. I highly recommend this book!

Mar 16, 2014

Iloved it. It's nice to get a perspective from a womans side of things. Plus, i love Shakespeare, so this was awesome.

Apr 13, 2013

I love this side of Ophelia. Thank you Lisa, for giving her a voice. Very enjoyable twist to the story.

Nov 21, 2011

Good parallax story about a somewhat neglected character in Hamlet, the girl Ophelia, who in this book becomes, for a while, part of Hamlet's plot to overthrow his uncle. The first two-thirds of the plot leads up to and includes the play, but since she appears in the play very little, you don't see much of the play itself. The last third of the story is what happens to her after the play's action has ended - obviously there are some surprises in store.

Feb 23, 2011

When I first picked up this up book I was a little skeptical. I thought that maybe the book would just play up the love story between Ophelia and Hamlet. And in the first part of the novel it does seem that Klein had just made Hamlet into Romeo and Juliet. However, once I read further I was pleasantly surprised at the direction of the novel and how Ophelia's character was developed. It delves into how Hamlet's quest for revenge impacts their relationship and adds interesting twists without being ridiculous. I think anyone who has enjoyed the original will find this interpretation quite interesting. As well, you do not need to have read Hamlet to enjoy it, anyone who likes historical fiction will be able to appreciate Ophelia.


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