Lunatic, Lover, Poet
I’m three-fourths of the way through “The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet,” by Portland author Myrlin A. Hermes. Wow! What a roller coaster ride through English lit!
The historical novel, a retelling of several Shakespearian plays, was recommended to me at the Cannon Beach Bookstore this weekend. It’s fabulous. Hermes obviously had a lot of fun crafting this tale and it shows.
Horatio, our hero, is a 16th century poet and divinity student tasked with writing and producing a play. Among the characters he meets are both Prince Hamlet and William Shakespeare. I kept laughing out loud the whole weekend and shaking my head, thinking, “How the hell did she think this up?” Brava. A conjuration worthy of Merlin indeed.