Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug ...more
The Sam Worthington and Victoria Hill Scottish Gangster version of Macbeth (2006) is my favorite Macbeth and probably the closest cinematic version to this novel.
Setting: Run down industrial town with toxic air and poisoned earth. Crime is high as more and ...more
Without any prologue and lengthy introductions, I must tell you that this book is a masterpiece. It has the status of a classic, the making of a novel that will defy time. Nesbø took the masterpiece by William Shakespeare and elevated it to new heights. If you follow ...more
Jo Nesbo's Macbeth is his contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare Project. This book started slowly for me. Which is funny because the book opens to action but nevertheless it was S-L-O-W. There is a lot going on all at once and there are a lot of characters with their own agendas. I found I put this book down a lot in the beginning and turned to other books but kept coming back to this one. As I said I struggled in the beginning of this book as it was ...more
King of Norwegian crime fiction soaked in blood, Jo Nesbø is the perfect choice for a retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
I say this having read a string of Jo's adrenaline pumping novels: The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, Police and The Son.
I'm in good company. James Shapiro has been teaching Shakespeare at Columbia University for nearly 40 years and his New York Times review of the novel is glowing: "One of the pleasures of reading this book is watching Nesbø meet the formidable challenge of ...more
Contributing to the Hogarth Shakespeare collection, Jo Nesbø has created a modern retelling of the Bard’s Macbeth. Set around 1970, the story opens with a police raid on a local gang running narcotics. When the authorities bungle things exquisitely, leaving blood and bodies scattered around the ...more
Second Most Disappointing Read of 2018 Award
Like a Tarantino film this has blood, gore, lots and lots of action, hot babes, strong dudes and kept you entertained from beginning to end. I am not sure that this is what I wanted from a re-telling of Macbeth.
I found this book lazy and hazy. Characters that had no depth, cheap psycho-babble explanations and tons of conveniences that would just pop up to carry the quick plot along.
On a beach this might be great ...more
Is anyone NOT a cold blooded assassin in Jo Nesbo's reimagined take of Shakespeare's MACBETH? Is there even a hero to root for? Well, you'll have to read it to find out. Having not experienced the classic myself, I have nothing to compare to, but will surely be reading it sooner than later. My interest is now peaked!
DARK and DEADLY from start to finish, I could not believe the betrayals....the backstabbing....the threats....the blackmail....the...more
The Hogarth Shakespeare project invites current writers to update Shakespeare’s plays, setting them in modern times with modern characters.
"Macbeth" by Jo Nesbø is a retelling of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth", which was set in the Middle Ages. The original story centers around a high-ranking Scottish military leader named Macbeth who - urged on by his ambitious wife Lady Macbeth - secretly murders the King so he can take the throne. Afterwards, the usurper becomes a murderous tyrant who ...more
However it is not a light read. There are many long, descriptive passages and the characters frequently dwell at length on their own ...more
I was so excited when it was announced that the Hogarth Shakespeare series was adding Macbeth to its line up.
It is my favorite of all Shakespeare's tragedies and I was looking forward to seeing how Nesbo would give it a modern twist. I have never read any of his books before but having heard good things, I went into this with high expectations. He certainly did not disappoint!
The action takes place in a crime-ridden city in the 1970s. Drug dealers ...more
It’s a daunting challenge. After all, we already know who did what & how it ends. But Nesbo has given it a modern facelift by turning it into a dark, violent tale of cops vs criminals set ...more
HOLY COW. This book is freaking brilliant. It’s a dense read to be sure - but that is NOT a flaw. In fact I think that’s necessary in order to capture the moral complexity of Shakespeare’s play. This book has action thriller scenes, political machinations, and Nesbø’s trademark superb character development. I loved it!!!
“Macbeth” is the second book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series that I have read. The Hogarth project sees “Shakespeare’s works retold by bestselling novelists of today.” The premise of “Macbeth” is clever. It takes place in the 1970s in a dingy postindustrial town and Macbeth is a Police Inspector, who rises very quickly to the top Police Commissioner’s spot through the machinations of a drug lord ...more
Let me be entirely frank when I say that Nesbo hit a grand slam with this amazing noir-filled literary masterpiece. For those who know MacBeth, it's all here from the grimy foggy moors to the haunting dreams to ...more
As the weird women promised, and I fear
Thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said
It should not stand in thy posterity,
But that myself should be the root and father
Of many kings. If there come truth from them—
As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine—
Why, by the verities on thee made good,
May they not be my oracles as well,
And set me up in hope? But hush, no more.”
Banquo’s famous lines shed light on the treachery within treachery within ...more
This is quite a brutal and blood soaked remake of Shakespeare's play. If you have read the original book then you already know that there is a lot of blood shed. This book has been given a modern take to it, turning it into a dark and brutal story of cops versus criminals. This book has more blood shed in it. It's all here in this novel; the ...more
A new series of authors each writing a book separate from each other but all based on plays by The Bard William Shakespeare's plays called The Hogath series -The Tempest, Othello, Hamlet,The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew,The Winter's Tale & here ...more
Either way. I rated it 4-stars because Nesbo manages to ...more
This book is EXACTLY what it says it is: a really well done retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth with a modern crime twist. As soon as I started reading, I recognized Nesbo’s signature writing style with graphic descriptions and phenomenal character development. I am not going to lie, it’s a big, dense book. And even though I read fast, it took me a bit to hit my stride, but I loved it! ...more
I've been sitting here trying to figure out exactly what to say about this book but it I'm getting absolutely nowhere. The other entries that I've read in the Hogarth Shakespeare series didn't have the double edge of this one -- the fact that it is both crime thriller and Nesbø's updated revamp of Shakespeare's play makes it tougher for me.
First, the book gets heavily into the question of what is it about Macbeth, a hero, idealistic, and well respected by friends and ...more
This is the first book by Jo Nesbø I’ve read, although I’m aware of his books and his many fans across the world. Therefore, I came to the book ...more
2018 Reading Challenge: involves a heist
Many thanks go to Jo Nesbo, Random House especially Hogarth, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
I recently learned about the Hogarth series and had to have ALL THE BOOKS. Macbeth is the latest in the series. Nesbo is well known for his Harry Hole thriller series, Nordic noir. This was just superbly written. It was quite easy to follow the Shakespeare plot though the story. In fact I caught myself ...more
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