King of Shadows Review Å 108

  • Paperback
  • 192
  • King of Shadows
  • Susan Cooper
  • English
  • 02 June 2019
  • 9781416905325

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King of Shadows

Susan Cooper Ý 8 Summary

Ight's Dream in a new replica of the famous Globe theaterShortly after arriving in England Nat goes to bed ill and awakens transported back in time four hundred years to another London and another production of A Midsummer Night's Dream Amid the bustle and excitemen. A well written tale of time travel wrapped around some of Shakespeare’s most famous works The central character Nat is a member of a theatre troupe for boys who perform Shakespeare’s plays as they are meant to be performed at the Globe Theatre in London with an all male cast They will be performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Nat has been chosen to play the part of Puck During a warm up exercise Nat begins to feel very dizzy and sick and blacks out Upon awakening he finds himself transported back to Elizabethan England where he learns to adjust to his new life and even meets William Shakespeare himself Shakespeare instantly takes a shine to Nat and touts him as his best performer Back in modern day England however Nat’s Elizabethan counterpart with whom he has swapped lives lies in hospital suffering from bubonic plague Once this has been cured just long enough into the novel for the original Nat to become emotionally attached to Shakespeare the two lads are shunted through time again to their own centuries where Nat struggles to acclimatise to his surroundings and misses Shakespeare desperately The twist ending is an unexpected touch and explains the reasons for time travel wellI highly rate this book as a good way to get younger students interested in Elizabethan history and introduce them to the works of Shakespeare Although it can be a little gruesome in places Cooper writes with fantastic accuracy about what Elizabethan life would actually be like especially through the eyes of a modern day child There is however room for character development of Elizabethan Nat although this opens doors for a class project along the lines of ‘imagine you are Elizabethan Nat transported to modern times Write a diary entry as if you are him explaining how you feel and how life is different for you’The suggested age range for this book would be 10 11 years and could be used in a variety of ways in the classroom Described above is one option or it could be also used in a history project on the differences between Elizabethan and modern life

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T of an Elizabethan theatrical production Nat finds the warm nurturing father figure missing from his life in none other than William Shakespeare himself Does Nat have to remain trapped in the past forever or give up the friendship he's so longed for in his own time. Nat has a tragic past but now has been chosen to be in an elite group of American boys and men who are going to act in the new Old Globe Shakespeare's own theater in England They are going to do it the old fashioned way with boys playing the parts of women While he is boarding with a kind family who puts him up while he is at the Old Globe well the new one he gets mysteriously ill and ends up actually working at the original Old Globe from 500 years prior to his life What has happened Will he ever recuperate from the trauma in his life He gets to act Puck in Midsummer alongside the actor who does Oberonwho happens to be the author of the play What has caused this switch Will he ever get back to his time Will he ever feel whole again This is not one of Cooper's best books by any means The magical writing of her great series The Dark is rising is simply not present I remember being uite disappointed with it when I first read it However now I find it much better It is about the wounds that love can bring It is about the healing the arts can bring It is about what Shakespeare may have actually been like as a person It is about theatrical history Ultimately it is about love and kindness to one another Recommended particularly if you know the child is suffering real loss or if you know you have someone bitten by the theatrical bug

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WHAT'S NAT DOING IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIMEOnly in the world of the theater can Nat Field find an escape from the tragedies that have shadowed his young life So he is thrilled when he is chosen to join an American drama troupe traveling to London to perform A Midsummer N. Oh this is good The protagonist Nat Field is a young actor who has come over to play at the Globe with his company Somehow he goes to bed feeling ill and then wakes up in Shakespearean England With Shakespeare The rest of the novel is concerned with his adventures in this time period and also what happens when he returns to his 'normal' lifeAnd like I said it's very very good There's a heartrending moment when Nat almost falls in love with Shakespeare and Cooper conveys this hero worship with kindness and a light nonjudgemental touch There's a lot of warmth throughout the text Nat and his love of his work and Cooper and her patent love for Shakespeare The ending is excellent genuinely so but I can see how it may prove divisive It's admittedly stagey but that reflects the topic of the book uite well so I felt it fitted This is the only part where it lost a mark for me One of my pet hates with time travel or historic books is that the side detail overwhelms the central thread of the story Didn't happen here What detail there was was very seamless and nicely interwoven Good work all round and well worth a read

About the Author: Susan Cooper