Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

The Taming of the Shrew Retold

Book - 2016
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Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work. Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant Pyotr is about to be deported. When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780345809148
Characteristics: 237 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616.

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susanrrs
May 05, 2017

I found Vinegar Girl to be a fun and charming read. Anne Tyler is a talented author who can create a readable story without resorting to disaster and catastrophe. This was my introduction to the series retelling some of the works of Shakespeare and I am eager to read the others in the Hogarth Shakespeare project.

ontherideau Apr 25, 2017

A quick read, it might have been a quick write as well. I was cheering for Bunny by the end.

CMLReads_Kristin Mar 28, 2017

This retelling of Taming of the Shrew is worth checking out! I enjoyed the humor...but more than that, I enjoyed seeing how Tyler handled the troublesome ending of the source material!

AL_KELSEY Feb 15, 2017

This hasn't been my favorite retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. I love the whole idea of this story, and I liked the new twist on the reason that these two people get married, but I feel like it was very two-dimensional. In the original, as well as other retellings, there was a definite air of respect, romance, and intensity that I felt was lacking in this particular retelling. That being said, I will always read retellings of this incredible play!

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AndCo
Nov 20, 2016

Others have noted the awkward plot twists that remind me of a sitcom, but I think this book should be listed in the book The Novel Cure as therapy for "Accepting yourself, having difficulty." The main characters are socially inept, others judged them and they liked themselves anyway. Some of the plot was definitely contrived but the male romantic interest rang true as a character. I have met likable male chauvinists who come from more traditional cultures, and I found Pyotr's inadvertent misogyny combining with good intentions and sincere affection believable. I would not have written this novel (were I talented and determined enough to write one) because I am a feminist, but I can enjoy it because I like a wide range of people. Pyotr is too sexist for me, but I liked Tyler's sympathetic treatment of him.

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KindaSassy
Oct 07, 2016

OK. before we go any further, lets just say this is not the book for a feminist to read and take seriously. And the fact it is labelled fiction - contemporary women is just laughable.

Anne Tyler doesn't have much to work with considering the original is The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, but she creates a slightly sit-com storyline of Kate Battista being ask to marry her fathers lab assistant so he can get a green card and stay in the country, where he will continue to work on something that is ultimately for the good of humanity. In real life its known as fraud and you can be legally charged for it as a crime.

There is nothing particularly likeable about any of the characters. Kate comes across as a rather rude and socially stupid woman, her younger sister Bunny is a self-entitled, boy hungry teenager, Dr. Battista is the kind of scientist character that makes you sigh in exasperation because he is of overly muddle headed and Pytor is the inordinately eager foreign groom to be.

This is a story that will make you want to reach for the primary work and realise that things are very different in 1590 when it was originally written. It will help with the urge to roll the eyes and snort in frustration.

Its just OK. Not one I would exhort you to read.

AL_PAMELAH Oct 01, 2016

Part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Tyler recasts "The Taming of the Shrew" very enjoyably. Light and funny with compelling characters - you may decide to read the play!

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dmd1949
Sep 29, 2016

A very quick read and once the story got going very entertaining. I laughed out loud several times. This book will definitely be made into a movie...hope it is as funny.

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velvetcactus
Sep 12, 2016

Never having read Anne Tyler before, I was most disappointed. Caveat Emptor!

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pattypi
Jul 26, 2016

Loosely follows Taming of the Shrew plot-wise. Not quite what I expected, Quick read.

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EricaReynolds
Dec 19, 2016

The unsatisfying thing about practicing restraint was that nobody knew you were practicing it.

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