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Miranda and Caliban Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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“In this stand-alone, Carey evokes the same stunning worldbuilding and imagery of her "Kushiel's Legacy" and "Sundering" series, as she stirs new emotions from an old story and reveals another side to Shakespeare's epic play.”―Library Journal (starred review)
“Carey turns Shakespeare’s The Tempest on its head, in ways that are always supportable by the original text, with this brilliant deconstruction. The foreordained pattern of the play mixes beautifully with Carey’s intricate characterization and eye for sensory detail, building mercilessly to dazzling, and devastating, tragic effect.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns, Carey re imagines the back story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers…[Carey] transforms the largely passive Shakespearean Miranda into a dutiful yet dignified and ultimately tragic figure…Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Infused with dark magic, broken trust, and lost innocence…Miranda and Caliban, both narrators with distinct voices, are given rich inner lives through Carey’s delicate, sensitive portrayal.”―Booklist
About the Author
Jacqueline Carey is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series, beginning with Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables "Santa Olivia" and "Saints Astray," and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in west Michigan.
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by Jacqueline Carey
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
No one does Shakespeare like Shakespeare, right? I'm going to commit to cardinal sin of all English majors – yes, some one does. Jacqueline Carey not only does Shakespeare, in a way she outdoes the master in this hypnotic, stunning retelling of The Tempest, from the viewpoint of Miranda and Caliban. Singularly talented with first person POV, she bring the world of the Tempest to life. This reminds me od MZB's Firebrand and the way it brought ancient greece and the Illiad in to a woman's view. Ms. Carey has always used first person POV, often rotating between two characters, to give us insights on the internal and external.
This book would be awesome as “read along with” Shakespeare's Tempest, to fill blanks into.
The scenery is so tactility described, so full for the five senses of the reader, I could virtually taste the sweetnees of the figs, hear the clucking of the hens, even feel the rough fur between the ears of the milking goat. The smell of wet dust, not something every writer would think of fills our noses as we travel the dark, diplidated Moorish.
The story begins far before the Tempest itself, because of this we watch the way Miranda goes and the capture and forced civilizing of Caliban. It clear, even on first site for either for the of the opposite gender of their size.
Because of his maleness, and fo Prosporo's anger and madness, Mirand and Caliban walk a fine line of friend and teacher and studet. As will all creatures, the human animal, particulaly the female, mature, and when Miranda does, the mostly peaceful castle goes insane.
At time watching to new adolesecene figure out how the pieces fit is funny, often it is sad as neither believes they are enough to other. Which is not helped by the villainous Prospero, Miranda's own father who sees her as means to the end of his vengance against those he believes wronged him. His character, the cold, hard man set on a singular path is very well established, with only a few glimpses of the man he might have been.
Near the end, with a grown Caliban in love Miranda and a grown Miranda is torn between her father demands, her love of Caliban and the sheer nuttiness of her father's overarching plan. Things come to a head when the bound spirit Ariel creates a seawreck.
This of course where Shakespeare picks up and the action begins
Ms. Carey has a unique, unparelleled gift with language. She is able to set time, place and character in a matter of sentences. Her research is beyond reproach, thank goodness for the Kindle internal dictionary as some of the words have long since passed from the lexicon.
Yet with her spectacular and singular ability with words, you fly when the scenes are happy and the words themselves weep off the page.
Unfortunately, this story ends on a cliffhanger, making us beg for book 2 as soon as possible.
This receives a perfect score in everyway. Again a 5 out of a 5 in some cases just doesn't seem right, but it is all I have. Thank you, Ms. Carey for yet another thoughtful, emotionally compelling book, where you outdo the source material.
I did not reread The Tempest either before or after reading this novel, though I did glance at the play before writing this review. From what I can tell with that incomplete reacquaintance, Carey bases her characterization of Prospero on much that Shakespeare provides, and mines many other details from the play as well. With this material, she builds three-dimensional characters (though Prospero might fall something short of that goal) and a compelling story.
I was quite curious how the story as Carey was developing it would somehow get to the same ending point as the play. Suffice to say that Carey pulls this off, and in a believable and poignant manner, though much is left to the reader's prediction of what may occur after the curtain (metaphorically speaking) falls.
Thank heavens that Jacqueline Carey has no such constraints, and is able to give us a story of not only a more nuanced Caliban, but also a Miranda that goes beyond an archetype of female virtue, as she is too often portrayed.
In "Miranda and Caliban", Ms. Carey spins the lovely tale of two exiled youngsters - one, an unwitting princess, the other, the spawn of a dark, savage witch - who nevertheless grow close. Other than the authoritative sorcerer Prospero (who Miranda only knows as "Papa" and Caliban only as "Master"), they are each other's sole human companions on the small island that is their world. Yet their friendship is not contrived; each benefits from the other, physically and emotionally. Told in alternating points of view, Miranda is a kind teacher to feral Caliban, countering the cruelty that her impatient father would inflict on him; he is her protector from danger and from loneliness. Complications arise, however, as they grow older and their feelings shift from innocent friendship to benighted love. By the time Ms. Carey's novel catches up with Shakespeare's play, our hearts are ready for what we know must happen, but it doesn't keep our hearts from breaking.
I can think of no better writer to undertake this story than Jacqueline Carey. In her various Kushiel Legacy series, she has garnered a well justified reputation for crafting opulent historical fantasy and mastering mannered yet unencumbered prose, and her beautifully rendered duology, The Sundering, verifies her ability to impart the antithesis of established epic themes. In "Miranda and Caliban", she is able to take Shakespeare's tale and imagine what the characters may have been like far earlier than when the Bard gave voice to them.
But mostly, she is able to humanize both characters. Her Miranda and Caliban are youngsters whose world is peopled with sylphs, undines, gnomes and other elementals. It is a place of spirits and magic, where the only adult is an austere sorcerer, caught up in his own plans of retribution. Prospero certainly loves Miranda, but he does not understand her (nor does he see a need to), and Caliban is merely a crude means to an end. Is it any wonder that the lonely girl and the outcast boy form such a simple, legitimate bond?
Ms. Carey gives these children an innocence, a purity, that is marred only by Prospero's unyielding expectations and Ariel's interference. She does not turn a blind eye to Caliban's bestial nature, his coarse appearance, his imperfect understanding of civilization, but in Miranda's guileless eyes, they merely manifest as part and parcel of who he is, without outside judgment save that of her father's, with which she increasingly disagrees. As the children mature, Ms. Carey is able to turn their friendship into a longing that is both physically genuine and bewildering. Yes, there are conflicts, but they are never contrived nor cloying, and end up dovetailing effortlessly with Shakespeare's creations toward the end of the book.
Although Miranda and Caliban are the major players in this novel, Ms. Carey does not ignore the other leads: Prospero and the rescued spirit, Ariel. Each are given their own unique styling, divergent from that of Shakespeare, yet not so different as to feel foreign.
Prospero, for all his severity and insensitivity, is not a completely callus monster. He truly wants the best for Miranda; he simply is blinded by his intense focus on a manipulation of the arcane arts. Yes, we can fault him for that. Yet Prospero is a man who has been sorely used and betrayed, and we come to realize that he, too, is a creature of his own environment.
Ariel, the spirit bound to Prospero, is also played against type; despite his established ethereal beauty and refined speech, in Ms. Carey's novel he is meddlesome and often a malicious manipulator rather than an acquiescent sprite pining for release. While we can have sympathy for his plight, if there is any villain in this tale, Ariel would win out due to his cruelty towards both Caliban and Miranda even if it is Prospero whose shortsightedness causes the most damage.
Regardless of your knowledge of Shakespeare, "Miranda and Caliban" is a lovely work, written by one of our time's great masters of fantasy. In this day and age where appearance has come to be held in such high regard, this novel stands as a testament to the power of unfettered friendship, even as it entertains our senses and piques our emotions. Once again, Jacqueline Carey has crafted a work to treasure. I think the Bard would have approved.
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