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King of Shadows (1999)

por Susan Cooper

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While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself.
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This is a YA novel, but the characters are rich and the plot intriguing. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The new Globe Theatre in London was opened in 1997. (I've been there. We saw Vanessa Redgrave rehearsing the part of Prospero in The Tempest. I would have cheerfully offered up one of my vital organs for a chance to see the performance.) This book was published in 1999. I see that it is not available on the Globe's online shop, but if it isn't for sale in the gift shop itself then the Globe is doing a disservice to both itself and Miss Cooper. King of Shadows is a heartfelt love letter to The Globe, old and new, to William Shakespeare and his plays and to theatre itself in all its rambunctious life and magic.

Nate Field is a young American actor brought over to London as part of a company made up entirely of boys to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in the new Globe Theatre - Nate is to play Puck. One night Nate goes to bed with a fever and wakes up in 1599 and finds himself taking the place of one Nathan Field, loaned by his theatre company to one William Shakespeare to play Puck in a command performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Though the use of a time shift will be familiar to readers of Cooper's Dark Is Rising sequence, King of Shadows feels as if it was written by a different writer. A much, much better writer (and I loved the Dark Is Rising books.) Nate is an intelligent resourceful hero who comes to grips with his predicament quickly, but he is emotionally repressed after the death of his father, losing himself in his acting. The shock of the time shift and meeting Shakespeare knocks something loose, and despite some grim realities and harsh treatment by a fellow player, he falls in love with the world and a warm, father-son relationship develops with Shakespeare himself, who only recently lost his own son, Hamnet.

Cooper brings the world of theatre, past and present, to warm life, full of strain and excitement and long hours and friendship and turbulent emotions. Nate's pain and loss finds expression through the language of the play, making Shakespeare real and vital utterly beautiful. This is a fantastic book. ( )
2 vote Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
King of Shadows is a quick read—something to be enjoyed in an afternoon. Cooper seems to work too hard to create enough tragedy to warrant present-day's Nat Field's attachment and devotion to Shakespeare. The story is told from present day Nat's point of view which at times works better than others. The narrative style goes from focused, erudite and detail oriented to abruptly chit-chatty, switching from first to second person. These transitions jar the narrative flow. The story is strongest in the middle act where Nat is back in time acting with Shakespeare. The story here reads like a j.v. version of Shakespeare in Love with of course the triumphant performance for Queen Elizabeth who has come in secret to the Globe. Acts one takes too long to set up the world and act three takes to long to wrap up the story. Anyone familiar with the play, the playwright and the Globe's history will appreciate Cooper's attention to detail. Others not as familiar may feel overwhelmed at first but won't mind once the story gets underway. ( )
1 vote pussreboots | Aug 17, 2014 |
What a lovely version of Will. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
This is a historical fantasy novel based on Shakespeare's time. The protaganist of the book is a young actor named Nathan Field who goes back in time. He experiences difficulties in adapting to the new environment and wants to return back to his own time period. This all changes as he meets William Shakespeare. He develops admiration and honour towards him and slowly changes his mind about wanting to go back. The book focuses on his adventures in old London and the secrets behind his time travel.
  TLHelen | Nov 7, 2012 |
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