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Books in brief: “Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold”

"The ensuing story [...] is told with verve, intelligence and an engaging sense of the absurd"

By Matthew Adams   August 2016

28961937._UY200_Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Tyler (Hogarth, £16.99)

Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew—the latest instalment in Hogarth Press’s contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays—tells the story of a frustrated pre-school teacher Kate Battista. The source of Kate’s frustration is domestic and professional: her peculiar conduct at school routinely raises the eyebrows of her employers and the ire of parents (and leaves Kate feeling unappreciated), while her home life in Baltimore is dominated by her selfish and eccentric father, Dr Battista, and her haughty and attractive…

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