John Marsden’s Hamlet

hamletLet’s be clear, John Marsden has written some good books in his time: Letters from the Inside, The Tomorrow Series… It’s just that Hamlet is not one of them.

I think when a novel begins with a AFL football match, but then continues to seem 90% set in a traditional medieval Danish setting, we have a problem.  Not only does Marsden fail to shed any new light on the character of Hamlet, he also does not seem to have clearly thought himself about how he is going to frame this novel. Unsuprisingly disappointing.

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