Sunday, 25 August 2019

Or What You Will (Twelfth Night retelling) by C H Clepitt

Or What You Will (Twelfth Night retelling) by C H Clepitt
Self published in April 2019.

One of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads and a 2019 COYER Summer Hunt Challenge read

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After losing her job, Sian goes to visit her brother on the island where he works, only to discover his hut in ruins and him nowhere to be found. Alone on a strange island, she takes the only path open to her… disguise herself as a man (obviously).

It is whilst she is in this disguise that she catches the eye of the lovely Olivia, and the unwanted attention of her other suitors.

All the Shakespearean hijinks, set in the modern world, with all the annoying bits fixed… Or, what you will

C H Clepitt's LGBT retelling of one of Shakespeare's silliest plays (in my opinion anyway!) actually made a lot more sense to me than the Elizabethan original. At just 56 pages, it's a quick read and mostly told through dialogue which I liked as I felt this retained a lot of the idea of the story as a performance piece. Brought forward to the present day, we still have traditional elements such the isolated island, the cross dressing disguises and the yellow stockings, but in a corporate world of competing newspapers.Or What You Will is a fun read to brighten any dreary day, whether it be Christmas time or not.

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  1. That sounds like an interesting read.

  2. I agree that it is one of his silliest plays! I don't really like it that much compared to his others. I know there are LGBT+ performances of this. But I don't think this is going to be the retelling for me.

    1. I did love the Globe broadcast performance with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry :-)