Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

The Taming of the Shrew Retold

Book - 2016
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Anne Tyler's retelling of the Shakespeare play "The taming of the shrew."
Publisher: New York : Hogarth Shakespeare, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780804141260
Call Number: F TYLER AN
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 17, 2019

Comical but unconvincing.

Mar 29, 2019

Negative, Negative, Negative. I realized a lot about myself and will continue to become more positive, positive, positive.

Mar 29, 2019

As hoped for, the quirky and severely human characters in this novel are "classic" Tyler, and I feel comforted and happy about that. Sometimes, it seemed that efforts to make the novel match or reflect the tone and storyline of 'The Taming of the Shrew' resulted in some strain or clunkiness in the narrative, at only those points. But, a minor bump in flow does not affect the pace of reading. Enjoyed this newest addition to Tyler's oeuvre.

DBRL_IdaF Jan 30, 2019

A modern re-telling of "The Taming of the Shrew." I liked this version better than Shakespeare's. For one thing, we get the story from the point of view of the title character. For another, the "taming" is of a different sort.

DCPL_Melissa Nov 16, 2018

I liked the changes Anne Tyler made to the story, especially in the characters, but I needed more time with them. The plot was surprisingly simple. I kept expecting there to be more twists, but Vinegar Girl was still a sweet, funny retelling.

0Charlie Sep 27, 2018

Having read several works that use Shakespeare stories, I was interested in the approach to this work. Using the play "The Taming of the Shrew", the author updated the scenario and characters. Unfortunately, I did not find the outcome new or interesting or surprising. I suggest trying "Juliet's Nurse" by Lois Leveen for a more imaginative rethinking of a Shakespeare work.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 04, 2018

The Hogarth Shakespeare project invited prominent novelists to retell the stories of his plays. This charming and funny short book is based on The Taming of the Shrew.

May 05, 2017

I found Vinegar Girl to be a fun and charming read. Anne Tyler is a talented author who can create a readable story without resorting to disaster and catastrophe. This was my introduction to the series retelling some of the works of Shakespeare and I am eager to read the others in the Hogarth Shakespeare project.

ontherideau Apr 25, 2017

A quick read, it might have been a quick write as well. I was cheering for Bunny by the end.

CMLReads_Kristin Mar 28, 2017

This retelling of Taming of the Shrew is worth checking out! I enjoyed the humor...but more than that, I enjoyed seeing how Tyler handled the troublesome ending of the source material!

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Apr 17, 2019

Kate used to fantasize that her aunt’s perennial scarves were meant to hide something – a past surgery or, who knows, maybe a couple of fang marks.

Dec 19, 2016

The unsatisfying thing about practicing restraint was that nobody knew you were practicing it.


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