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*"Readers will be swept up in Nat's detailed, sensory-filled observations of life in Shakespeare's time...[The] overall shape of the novel, with its finely drawn connections between Nat's story and A Midsummer Night's Dream, is superb." (The Horn Book, starred review)

*"[A] masterful novel." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

*"Part historical fiction, part fantasy, wholly entertaining." (Booklist, starred review)

*"Readers...will revel in the hurly-burly of rehearsals and the performance before the queen, the near discoveries, the company rivalries, and some neatly drawn parallels." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"A dramatic and sensory feast." (Kirkus Reviews)

“In her portrayal of Shakespeare Cooper has created a superhero…[she] entertains her contemporary readers while giving them a first-rate theatrical education.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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Only 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 Night's Dream in a new replica of the famous Globe theater.
Shortly 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 excitement 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?


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Thoughts on King of Shadows . . . 7 décembre 1999
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This an extemely well written and well developed story. The plot leaves you with so much to think about: the growing relation between Nat (the main character) and Shakespeare (hopefully you know who that is!), and many other things left unsettled. I, a thirteen-year-old girl who is addicted to reading, am always looking for a good, thought-provoking, sometimes humorous, and "real" (not some cheap-o series with 100 pages each about some teenager losing her boyfriend) book, and King of Shadows meets and exceeds my requirements. If you like sience-fiction, or books about ordinary kids in not-so-ordinary situations, e.g. transported back in time, then READ THIS BOOK. Madeline L'Engle fans will love this too.
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Outstanding Shakesperean time-travel fantasy 18 septembre 2000
Par Sheila L. Beaumont - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Nat Field, an actor in the American Company of Boys, goes to London with the troupe to play the role of Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the new Globe Theatre. Suddenly, he is transported back in time to 1599 London and finds himself portraying Puck at the original Globe. Not only that, he's performing with Will Shakespeare himself, who is playing Oberon! The author brings the sights, sounds and smells of Elizabethan London to life and takes us behind the scenes of the Bard's own production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." After reading this, you'll probably want to read the play and see a performance yourself. Susan Cooper, who was a student of J.R.R. Tolkien, is an outstanding writer and storyteller. Don't miss her magnum opus, the five-book "The Dark Is Rising" series.
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King of Shadows 24 janvier 2002
Par "salinascowgirl" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This was the best book I've read to date, and I'm serious (I don't mean that it's on a list of about five hundred other books that I think are good, I mean this is the number one book on my list).
The story documents the tale of Nat, a young actor travelling to London with a group of kids from all over the US in a play company who are going to perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar at the Globe. But when he gets sick with a terrible fever, he finds himself transported into the London in 1599 when the Globe was new and William Shakespeare is alive!
It is told in first person through the eyes of the protagonist, Nat, and it tells not only, in detail, about the feelings he gets when he finds out where (or when) he is. It's not just another fall down the rabbit hole type of book, and it's not really fantasy. It describes in rich detail the play company and the city of London in 1599 from the point of view of a young character who has been plagued by death in his life. If you love Shakespeare like I do, you'll absolutely love this book. Even if you don't, you'll still love this book. It was full of meaning, yet the story is layered in a way that can be understood by younger readers as well as on a deeper level by adults.
This is a great book and definately worth reading.
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A masterful blend of the past, present, and future. 19 octobre 1999
Par Terry Kretzer-Malvehy (terrylee@psyber.com) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Susan Cooper has done an incredible job weaving together a plot that skillfully blends the present with the past. One is left with a warm and glowing feeling as the relationship with young Nat and Will Shakespeare grows. The author draws together the finely detailed past of the Global Theatre of 1599, slipping in key passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, thus creating a feeling of traveling back to Elizabethean time. After reading King of Shadows, Shakespeare becomes more than a mere legendary name---he becomes a heartfelt, loving poet and playwrite, a father figure to Nat, and an inspiration to all those eager to enter the theatre, or just sit back and enjoy one of Shakespeare's timeless classics. As a beginning writer of young-adult fiction and an avid reader of children's literature, I am predicting a Newberry Award winner here!
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'Canst tolerate living in the house of a mad poet for a few days?' 15 janvier 2006
Par Michele L. Worley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Cassette
"This is thy negligence. Still thou mistak'st,

Or else commit'st thy knaveries wilfully."

"Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook."

- Oberon and Puck, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Act III scene 3

"'...nought shall go ill.

The man shall have his mare again,

and all shall be well.'

"And these last three lines I said out to the audience, or rather to the empty theatre where the audience would be, and they jarred me suddenly out of my happy time, my acting time. 'All shall be well.' I knew as I said it that it was a lie, Shakespeare's lie, because I knew from my own life that all does not go well, but that terrible things happen to people and cannot be put right, by magic flower-juice or by anything else in this world."

- Nat Field, who plays Puck for the Company of Boys - and the Lord Chamberlain's Men

Nat, who narrates his own story as he remembers it, brings us into his life on the first day of serious rehearsal of the Company of Boys - twenty of the best young stage actors in the United States, brought together to perform two of Shakespeare's plays as they were intended to be performed, using boys whose voices hadn't yet broken for the women's roles. After a few weeks of rehearsal (first in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then in London), they are to perform JULIUS CAESAR and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in the Globe, newly built in 1999 yet celebrating its 400th anniversary as a replica of the original theatre where the Lord Chamberlain's Men - Shakespeare's company - spent their most famous years.

Theatre is Nat's world - the place where, for a few precious hours at a time, he can be somebody else, somebody who doesn't have to remember his parents' deaths, or answer questions, or be sympathized with - he can be Puck for an enchanted while, or the Boy in HENRY V. He expects London to be even better, in a company where with few personal connections that will be playing in another country. (Not that he's unfriendly - working with Gil Warman as Oberon helps him understand Puck better, as well as being good for laughs when the two of them are working with Rachel the voice coach. Nat's accent being naturally close to Elizabethan English is one thing, but faking a southern accent to match him is not a pretty sight. I recommend Jim Dale's unabridged narration very highly - since Nat is narrating, he sticks with Nat's accent except when speaking in another persona, and does them all very well.)

But Nat's first day of rehearsal in the Globe itself takes him far beyond what he ever hoped for, as he wakes up the next day not in 1999, but 1599, having changed places and times with another Nathan Field, an actor from St. Paul's School on loan to the Lord Chamberlain's Men to play Puck in a command performance of the Dream, though the public will not know that the Queen herself has a whim to see the new Globe in secret.

This is a beautifully crafted story. Nat's situation is built up perfectly - his character's personal pain and how he copes with it, the culture shock he experiences constantly in 1599, and the theatre and its people, then and now. The book brings Shakespeare to life in more ways than one; the book can serve as an introduction to the Dream for someone who's never seen it performed, as living history of Shakespeare's time by showing London in concrete terms rather than dry statistics, and by introducing Nat to Shakespeare the person and the other members of his company, who first brought his plays to life.

Nat's problems are also well thought out. Apart from shock at being displaced in time, the culture shock stretches further than one might think, reaching even into the small details like not sleeping on a bed or having one's own cup and plate at table, as well as the more obvious lacks of plumbing and artificial light. Nat himself is a kid, not an historian; he can pass as well as he does only because his counterpart was a sheltered educated softie by the standards of the day, on loan to a commercial theatre where he wasn't known personally. What he *does* know about Shakespeare's time is more likely to get him in trouble than to help; how many people, for example, can remember which plays he'd already written by 1599? Or what the current political troubles at court were? (The reader might even want to follow this book with A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: 1599 by James Shapiro, because Nat of course doesn't learn *all* the reasons for everything that's going on.)

But there's one compensation that makes up for all this, when Nat - still suffering from the loss of his father three years before - meets a man who lost his son three years ago.

"'Greet Master Shakespeare, boy.'

It was as if he'd said, 'Say hello to God.'"
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