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Taking What I Like: Stories

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Linda Bamber has combined her love of fiction from the past with her propensity to shake things up, taking what she likes and gleefully sharing it with us. As entertaining and contemporary as these stories are, they also remind us what we, too, love about the classic texts she takes apart and reassembles. Bamber's tales, like the best translations, exist independently whil ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 31st 2013 by Black Sparrow Press (first published October 31st 2012)
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This collection of eight short stories touches upon, reimagines, wrestles with, and are inspired by Shakespeare, Jane Eyre, and Thomas Eakins' painting, The Gross Clinic . Funny, emotional, knowing, meta, and geeky, they read quickly but invited meditation and musing, whether one is a casual reader of some of the greats of the Western canon or a devoted fan.

The opening story, 'Casting Call', has the characters of Othello reincarnated, in a way, as professors in an English Department at a small
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I found Bamber's approach to these characters and stories refreshing. She has created something thoroughly unique. She has clearly put much thought into the motivations of Shakespeare's stars. Her own experience as a professor shines through with several stories set in the academic world. She did a great job gradually giving her reader the information they needed about the original work, just in case they were unfamiliar with it or needed a refresh
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