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Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdom of past decisions. Now imprisoned in Meadowmeade, an upscale sanatorium in rural England, with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate? Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life. His take on King Lear, Shakespeares most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.
Publisher: New York :, Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101904282
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 King Lear


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Jan 14, 2018

St. Aubyn's reworking of King Lear is clever and witty, and unlike some of his brilliant earlier novels (e.g. the Patrick Melrose series, which deserved every accolade they received), this has a lighter tone. "Dunbar" seems like a madcap farce. But, there is much more going on here. If you have ever looked at the super rich (i.e., the 1%) and wondered what drives them, and thought "when is enough?" & "what is wealth, anyhow?", this novel circles around those questions. A short and very entertaining novel about power and greed, and family and forgiveness.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 05, 2017

I'm enjoying these Hogarth Press Shakespeare Series retellings of the Bard's plays. This modern version of "King Lear" has great word play, powerful writing, and evokes the cathartic emotions of pity and horror and love.


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