Hamnet

by Maggie O'Farrell | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781472223821 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingengelsmanwing of Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on 3/17/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingengelsmanwing from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, March 17, 2022

The cover text reads:

On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?

Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in a garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London.

Neither parent knows that Hamnet will not survive the week.

Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright: a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.


The "famous playwright" is never referred to by name, but always via some circumlocution such as the Latin tutor, or someone's son, brother, husband, father, uncle, which I started to find irritating as in some places it makes for some tortuous sentences.

Apart from that, it's an interesting story describing ordinary life in 16th century Stratford upon Avon, with hints of some old civil scandal or feud, an unexplained tension of violence, overbearing rather than wicked stepmothers, and others with "second sight".

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