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The porpoise / Mark Haddon.

Haddon, Mark, 1962- author. (Author). Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Novelization of (work): Pericles. (Added Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library HAD (Text) 33500013087101 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library HAD (Text) 33500013087119 New Checked out 10/11/2019
Hallock Public Library HAD (Text) 35500006184921 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385544313
  • ISBN: 0385544316
  • ISBN: 9780525564409
  • ISBN: 0525564403
  • ISBN: 9780385692670
  • ISBN: 0385692676
  • Physical Description: 305 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: The flight -- The child -- The porpoise -- The family -- The serpent -- The hunt -- The storm.
Summary, etc.: "A fantastical novel which reworks Shakespeare's 'Pericles' into a parable for today."-- Provided by publisher.
Maja, the pregnant wife of wealthy Philippe, is killed in a plane crash but their daughter Angelica survives. Philippe's obsession with the girl's safety morphs into something sinister and grotesque as she grows into a beautiful teen. Darius, a con-artist visiting Philippe with a business proposition, encounters Angelica and decides to rescue her. The attempt goes awry, and he flees aboard a ship, The Porpoise. As Angelique comes to terms with a life imprisoned on her father's estate, Darius's exploits create parallels with the world Angelica inhabits. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    Haddon's (The Pier Falls and Other Stories, 2016) new novel works on multiple levels: as an entertaining adventure, a creative patchwork of an ancient story's many manifestations, and an exploration of how women suffer when men control their fates. A pregnant woman dies in a plane crash, but her baby, Angelica, survives and grows up in luxury, although her father, Philippe, sexually abuses and isolates her, and the staff on his English estate are little help. An attempted rescuer, the son of Philippe's business associate, is attacked by Philippe and flees for his life. Aboard the Porpoise, an oceangoing yacht, the young man's journey turns fantastical as he transforms into Pericles, Prince of Tyre, hero of the Shakespearean play, whose story parallels the modern-day situation. The settings are colorfully rendered, and the fast-paced action is occasionally disorienting as scenes alternate between Pericles' quasi-Greek world, a gritty Jacobean London, and Angelica's traumatic life. Considerable attention is paid to the viewpoints of Pericles' abandoned wife and daughter. Playful yet unsettling, Haddon's tale offers timeless themes and should particularly interest aficionados of myths and legends. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mark Haddon is the author of the bestselling novels The Red House and A Spot of Bother. His novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and is the basis for the Tony Award–winning play. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, has written and illustrated numerous children’s books, and has won awards for both his radio dramas and his television screenplays. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

Subject: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Pericles > Adaptations.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.
Swindlers and swindling > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Magical Realism.
Pericles (Shakespeare, William)
Genre: Adaptations.
Historical fiction.

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