Gertrude and Claudius Author:John Updike NATIONAL BESTSELLER — — “A LIVING, POWERFULLY PHYSICAL WORK . . . UPDIKE IS A SUPERBLY SKILLFUL WRITER.” — –The Wall Street Journal — — “WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS UPDIKE! Our own king of erudition has gone back to the Hamlet story to imagine its inception: its offstage pre-story, when Claudius fell in love... more » with his brother’s queen and that first dastardly deed in the garden was set in motion. Wickedly replete with allusions, weaving the history of ideas with the lustier possibilities of adulterous coupling. . . . There is something delightful about following Updike down this path, seeing his sentiments and sympathies unfold.”
–The Boston Globe
“WITTY . . . FRESH AND MOVING . . . Engrossing enough on its own terms to stand independently of Shakespeare’s play.”
“[UPDIKE] HAS MANAGED TO CREATE IN GERTRUDE A GENUINELY COMPELLING CHARACTER, a woman who is, by turns, vulnerable and outspoken, daring and naïve. . . . One of his most sympathetic and persuasive female characters.”
Loosely based on the Hamlet story. Updike goes back to imagine its inception: its offstage prestory, when Claudius fell in love with his brother's queen and that first dastardly deed in the garden was set in motion.