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Recently-retired Canadian media tycoon Henry Dunbar, who made his name through ruthless deals and alliances, is schlepped off to a sanatorium by his greedy, sadistic elder daughters and their conniving personal physician bent on divesting him of his company and seizing his substantial assets. Smelling a rat, Dunbar's recently-estranged but still loyal youngest daughter enlists her father's most trusted advisor to unwind the conspiracy, but with a board meeting to decide the future just days away, will their help come too late? The once power-hungry head of a global media corporation, clinging to sanity, must team up with a disgraced alcoholic comedian to break out of the asylum and somehow reinstate himself as the head of his empire before his daughters and business rivals ruin him for ever.
Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, 2017
ISBN: 9780345810281
Characteristics: 211 pages
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616


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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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