Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

Dunbar

‘I really did have an empire, you know,’ said Dunbar. ‘Have I ever told you the story of how it was stolen from me?’Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he handed over care of the family firm to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan. But relations quickly soured, leaving him doubting the wisdom of past...

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  • Rebecca Foster
    An underwhelming King Lear adaptation. Didn’t Jane Smiley already give us a less caustic version of this daughters-fighting-over-the-family-business scenario (A Thousand Acres)? St. Aubyn’s Lear stand-in is Henry Dunbar, an 80-year-old who peddled hate as a North American media mogul and w...
  • Roger Brunyate
    What's the Point?By what criteria are we to judge the novels in the Hogarth Shakespeare Series? This is the sixth to be published, and the question only gets more puzzling with each one. Famous authors are asked to write fiction based on a Shakespeare play. It would not be fair to call them straight...
  • Doug H
    Purely my initial reaction:Loved/hated it. Mostly admired it from a cool distance. Best of the new fall releases I've yet read, at any rate. Smart as hell, possibly too smart. Definitely much smarter than me. Currently googling "Dunbar Numbers" and wondering if I'm insane. My only consolation is the...
  • Roman Clodia
    Was this the triumph of self-knowledge: to suffer more lucidly?Apart from a misstep with Othello, the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern re-engagements with the plays has been excellent to date, and this is no different. It's both faithful and yet iconoclastic, and while purists may hate it, St Au...
  • James
    The Hogarth Shakespeare series of novels (6 now published and 2 more pending) are re-imaginings, re-positionings, rewrites, adaptations, inspired by, based on, the plays of William Shakespeare – call them what you will, are merely the latest addition to a centuries old tradition of translating,...
  • Susan
    This is one of the Hogarth Press series of Shakespeare modern adaptations and, in this novel, we have Edward St Aubyn (best known for the Patrick Melrose novels) re-imagining “King Lear.” Now, I must admit that St Aubyn is one of my favourite authors and so I am probably more inclined to e...
  • Paromjit
    I first read King Lear when I studied it at school, it is my favourite Shakespeare play despite its deep darkness. It is an epic tale and tragedy, a traumatic, troubling, and gruesome story of a man more sinned against than sinning. Edward St. Aubyn has a monumental task in writing a contemporary re...

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