Tempest-tost (The Salterton Trilogy #1)
An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colorful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare's play, falls in love with the beautiful Griselda Webster. when Griselda shows she has plans of her own, Hector despairs on the play's opening night.
'A merced de la tempestad' fue la primera novela que escribió el canadiense Robertson Davies, en el año 1951, libro ...more
In some ways, the staging of an amateur theatrical event must seem to be an ideal focus for a satirist. The inflated egos, naked ambition displayed over so small an achievement is an obvious tool to dissect the vanities of the world. Its very obviousness is the problem: how do you use this subject without coming across as trite? Here, then, we see that to choose this as the background for his debut novel Robertson Davies was actually showing a ...more
Tempest Tost is remarkably humorous, and each character is highly neurotic, ignorant, and naive--but that's all part of their charm ...more
"Leaven of Malice," the second book in this threesome, is already proving to be a better read, though of course one must get through "Tempest-tost" first, for a bit of background.
The Salterton Trilogy came out in the fifties with Tempest Tost being the first. Tempest Tost ...more
It's full of bits like "Mr Adams [the English teacher] had been an indifferent student of mathematics himself, and had a grudge against Hector [the Math teacher] because he gave too much homework to his pupils who might otherwise have been writing essays for Mr Adams", which tickle my fancy way too much.
It does quit being a comedy about a third of the way though, but ...more
The plot of the novel is a really interesting one, especially for someone with experience in amateur theatre. The novel follows an amateur out-door production of Shakespeare's The Tempest in Salterton, Canada, and it explores all the petty personal squabb ...more