Dunbar By Edward St. Aubyn, Dunbar A reimagining of one of Shakespeare s most well read tragedies by the contemporary critically acclaimed author of domestic dramaHenry Dunbar the once all powerful head of a global media corporation
  • Title: Dunbar
  • Author: Edward St. Aubyn
  • ISBN: 9780345810281
  • Page: 139
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  • Dunbar By Edward St. Aubyn, A reimagining of one of Shakespeare s most well read tragedies, by the contemporary, critically acclaimed author of domestic dramaHenry Dunbar, the once all powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdoA reimagining of one of Shakespeare s most well read tragedies, by the contemporary, critically acclaimed author of domestic dramaHenry Dunbar, the once all powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdom of past decisions.Now imprisoned in Meadowmeade, an upscale sanatorium in rural England, with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life His take on King Lear, Shakespeare s most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.
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    1. Edward St. Aubyn

      Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960 He was educated at Westminster school and Keble college, Oxford University He is the author of six novels, the most recent of which, Mother s Milk , was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, won the 2007 Prix Femina Etranger and won the 2007 South Bank Show award on literature.His first novel, Never Mind 1992 won the Betty Trask award This novel, along with Bad News 1992 and Some Hope 1994 became a trilogy, now collectively published under the title Some Hope.His other fiction consists of On the Edge 1998 which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and A Clue to the Exit 2000.

    628 thoughts on “Dunbar”

    1. 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 sinned against than sinning Edward St Aubyn has a monumental task in writing a contemporary reinterpretation that can match how I feel about the original and its emotional place in my heart The truth is he cannot do that, but he has captured distinct elements from the original and weaved a different [...]

    2. I must tell my storyOh God, let me not go mad I won t lie I am a sworn Shakespeare purist and there is nothing that can alter my mind My opinion on the Hogarth Shakespeare series is somehow divided I adored Vinegar Girl and I look forward to Nesbo s Macbeth , while Hag Seed will find a place in my wintry reads King Lear is one of those plays that have haunted me ever since I read it, some 15 odd years ago I haven t had the chance to attend a live performance yet, but Shakespeare s words and the [...]

    3. 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 inclined to enjoy this than those readers who are looking at it from the point of view of the original and how it has been portrayed St Aubyn has to be in my top ten favourite authors and I never open a new novel by him without feel [...]

    4. 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 whose two dastardly daughters have committed him to a sanatorium in the north of England Here Dunbar communes with Peter Walker, the alcoholic comedian in the next room the Fool figure and spits out all his pills he [...]

    5. 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 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 retellings, as almost all the writers have felt free to go off in their own directions Think of them rather as riffs on a theme But for what purpose to parallel the Shakespeare original, or to be strong nov [...]

    6. Dunbar is a modern retelling of Shakespear s King Lear It s been quite a long time since I read Lear as an undergraduate and I wondered how much of what I remembered would affect what I read To a casual reader, it is easy to see how Lear makes the skeleton that the book is built on Dunbar ruler of an empire divides his corporation between his daughters to avoid taxes and in the process, the daughter s plot against him with the help of Dr Bob Dunbar finds himself medicated and trapped in a mental [...]

    7. The Hogarth Shakespeare series of novels 6 now published and 2 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, editing, changing, adapting and producing versions in the loosest sense of Shakespeare s works In some cases these have been laudable, inspired and in others merely futile savagings, maulings and hack butcherings [...]

    8. This book worked better for me when I stopped comparing it to King Lear.The author has taken certain aspects of the original play and brought them to the modern day but left a lot behind.I thought the characters were interesting although not deeply explored and the story took a bit of a backseat to the thoughts and feelings swarming the pages mostly of regret and anger The main setting in the Lake District in England made for an excellent bleak and austere atmosphere that really brought the feel [...]

    9. Was this the triumph of self knowledge to suffer 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 Aubyn has made some bold and audacious moves to re imagine a modern Lear as a Canadian media mogul, incarcerated in a care home by his wicked daughters and making a bid for freedom with Peter Walker, an old c [...]

    10. 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 thought that the actually insane never wonder if they re insaneMore rational review to follow at a later date So he says to himself.

    11. This is the most recent of the Hogarth Shakespeare series instalments, which rework one of the bard s infamous plays.Dunbar is the reborn story of King Lear The central character is, as in the original, also the title of the piece Henry Dunbar resides in a nursing home with only the jovial yet nonsensical Peter for companionship His enterprise and fortunes have made their way to his two greedy daughter s outstretched hands and he is seemingly unable to stop it, in his current predicament He plan [...]

    12. I love Shakespeare anyone who knows me well can tell you that so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it But, sadly, it was under whelming and quite the disappointment Perhaps I put to much pressure on this book before reading it I haven t read King Lear yet, but I have been meaning to I made sure to read over the synopsis and read some of the famous pieces from the story online to get a better feel for it before I picked up this book I wanted to understand the source material and see what [...]

    13. This is the fifth of the Hogarth Shakespeare series that I have read They have been a really mixed bag and I am not sure that I understand what the publishers are seeking to achieve with these re tellings.For completeness, the other four I have read are, in order of me reading them 1 Howard Jacobson s Shylock Is My Name The Merchant of Venice set where I grew up and very funny I enjoyed this one.2 Anne Tyler s Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew I found this dull with the only redeeming feature [...]

    14. Dunbar is the sixth novel in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, but it was actually my first No, I haven t read Hag Seed So it wasn t a desire to keep up with the Hogarth series that drove me to click request on this title I was drawn to it because for whatever reason I just really, really like King Lear The main question on my mind as I was reading was what exactly is the purpose of a retelling I don t think there s ever going to be a definitive consensus on this subject, as I m sure some of us pr [...]

    15. Dunbar, like most of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, fails for several reasons Most particularly, it fails because it entirely lacks a moral component, and relatedly any sense of universality Shakespeare s Lear is a King, of course, so hardly an Everyman, but the actors who play him have the opportunity to invest him with the most human of fears O, let me not be mad Dunbar says this too, but St Aubyn doesn t give him the chance to be an Everyman instead he s an aggressive and deeply unpleasant m [...]

    16. Edward St Aubyn turns his elegant acerbic wit to Shakespeare, re imaging King Lear in the form of Canadian born mogul Henry Dunbar, who in a fit of pique left his elder two daughters, Abigail and Megan, to run his global media empire, retaining the nominal role of non executive chairman, firing his faithful legal counsel, Wilson His youngest daughter Florence by his second wife , one time lover of Wilson s son Chris, had a distaste for acquisitions and hostile takeovers, and was disinherited of [...]

    17. I thought Dunbar was excellent I approached it with a little trepidation because a modern re imagining of the King Lear story could have been worthy or turgid or forbidding or just plain terrible In fact I found it gripping, witty, touching and very readable.Henry Dunbar, the Lear character, is a billionaire media mogul and the machinations of the characters are in the business and financial worlds which, given the events of the last couple of decades, works extremely well In the characters of A [...]

    18. A thoroughly enjoyable Lear for the 20th century Dunbar is not a king but a Canadian media mogul whose daughters, Megan and Abigail, are manoeuvring themselves into position to take over his empire They have had him committed to a care home in the Lake District where he is losing his mind due to the cocktail of drugs he is being drip fed St Aubyn does a tremendous job of depicting Dunbar s descent into madness as he becomes lost in the wilderness of the fells.All the things he had ever felt asha [...]

    19. I WON THIS GIVEAWAY YES YES YES YES YES MY BODY IS READY KING LEAR IS COMING KING LEAR IS COMINGone of my favourite playyyyyyyysssssssssi need dis

    20. I think this one is going to tie with New Boy for my favorite Hogarth Shakespeare so far I m a little biased since I love King Lear, but it s so beautifully written and heartbreaking that I can t help but love it.

    21. On the edge.At last, Edward St Aubyn joins the Hogarth pantheon with Dunbar, his much anticipated take on King Lear For me, the success of the Hogarth Shakespeare series stands or falls on whether these modern interpretations hold up as novels in their own right In my view, this one does But only just.80 year old Henry Dunbar is a Murdoch like media baron whose multi billion dollar organisation is under threat of takeover from within and without His two older daughters, the vile Megan and Abby, [...]

    22. Edward St Aubyn s Dunbar features an aging king of an international media empire, his two faithless older daughters from his failed first marriage, his faithful yet rejected youngest daughter from his second marriage, his precarious mental state, his oldest daughters attempts to wrest control of his media empire from him, and his attempts to rescue his empire and resuscitate his relationship with his youngest daughter Whew sounds a lot like King Lear, right True to his brief, St Aubyn brings Kin [...]

    23. My sincere thanks to both Giveaways and the Hogarth Press for the ARC of the book in exchange for this honest review.A bit of a quandary with this, only the second of the current Hogarth Shakespeare adaptations I ve now read the other being Winterson s take on The Winter s Tale, which although similarly muddled, I rather enjoyed I adore St Aubyn and have read his entire canon, but this seems neither one of his better efforts, nor does it really succeed as a retelling of Lear which I reread immed [...]

    24. Hogarth could not have made a better choice than Edward St Aubyn to update King Lear for their Shakespeare today series In his five volume expose of his own wildly dysfunctional family, he has proven he can skewer those nearest and dearest, and so he does so with this, probably the most definitive example of people who shouldn t even know each other let alone constitute a family In this version, Dunbar is a Ruppert Murdoch like kingpin of media, but since he is meant to be a sympathetic characte [...]

    25. Part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, this reimagines King Lear in a modern setting Lear appears in the shape of octogenarian Canadian media mogul Henry Dunbar a kind of Rupert Murdoch character , who has been confined to a care home in the Lake District by his unscrupulous daughters Abby and Megan, who plan to take over his business while he s out of the way Meanwhile, his youngest daughter Florence is the only one who genuinely cares for him, and she tries to find him before her nasty sister [...]

    26. This was an extraordinarily written book Each of the main characters carries the component for exhibiting one or of the Seven Deadly SinsPrideGreedLustEnvyGluttonyWrathSloth Henry Dunbar, one of the worlds most powerful, influential leaders of a highly successful global media company finds himself mentally slipping away and doing oddball things that bears question to his capability to continue to run his company A fall, while at Davos, landed Henry in the hospital for several weeks and since th [...]

    27. I m thinking like a 3.8 rounded up Dunbar is another book in Hogarth s Shakespeare series, and as in King Lear, the play on which this novel is based, there is nothing happy about this story whatsoever I mean, come on it s one of Shakespeare s tragedies, so we all know things are bound to turn out badly.In this case, the original is best, so let s get that out of the way right now But St Aubyn doesn t exactly go scene by scene and rewrite King Lear here he s crafted a timely tale, one that works [...]

    28. One of my favourite authors writes a modern retelling of my favourite Shakespeare play favourite seems such a silly word to use of Lear , yet I can t help be apprehensive about these projects.

    29. I must tell my story, wailed Dunbar Oh, God, let me not go mad Dunbar is the sixth book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, and having read them all, I once again say, Meh The idea of updating and reinterpreting Shakespeare s plays seems so doable the themes that Shakespeare explored are universal ones, just transplant them into today s world but none of these books really capture the humanity behind the drama of his most famous characters maybe it can t be done Once again for my experience with [...]

    30. I am grateful for the ARC I have read the first two chapters and will stop for now Perhaps I will try again later The concept of a powerful business man being put away in an elite Swiss rest home is brilliant The use of a demented and addicted TV star as his fool is brilliant His daughters taking over his business while he whines about wanting to have kept his private jet still smart However Packing in exposition through third person scenes and telephone conversations geared too obviously towar [...]

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