Bernie asked:

Sounds like a modern-day King Lear, you think?

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Alex Gallo That is exactly what it is! However, it's filtered down so it's not EXACTLY King Lear-- I read the book and the play of King Lear and the daughters in each are very different, but it's the same basic storyline just set in a modern day farm in Iowa whereas King Lear is set in the 15th Century in England. Excellent book! Excellent, excellent book!
LadyCalico Although based on King Lear, it is told from a different POV and becomes a very different tale by reversing the antagonists and protagonists...maybe you would have formed a different picture if you had heard both sides of the story! How would you feel about King Lear if you knew what happened behind the closed doors of his castle? What if deceitful King Lear spread pity-me stories to turn the Kingdom against Regan and Goneril because by ruining their reputations he makes sure no one would believe them if they ever revealed his ugly secrets? What if you discovered that Shakespeare was a dupe who swallowed Lear's bull and blamed the victims?
Becky It is meant to be a modern retelling/interpretation of the King Lear story, so while not everything is exact, the foundation is the same, much like Bridget Jones is a reimagining of Pride & Prejudice, etc.
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