Updike reinvents the characters of Queen Gertrude and King Claudius of Denmark, the nefarious villains of Shakespeare's immortal tragedy Hamlet
. Unfolding against the cruel, immutable traditions of medieval society, here is the untold story of a sweet and radiant young girl trapped in a loveless arranged marriage, who finally in middle age embarks on a passionate, perilous affair with her husband's younger brother. Capturing all the humanity of the lovers' impossible situation, Updike describes the agonizing dilemma of two essentially decent people whose desperate act of passion sets the stage for literature's most famous drama of revenge.
Original title: Gertrude and Claudius
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics→ Footnote Fiction
This work is an adaptation of the following works :
Hamlet (1603) [Play]
Author: William Shakespeare