let me tell you inspired both authors and readers. It was as moving as it was experimental.
The reader will be captivated by Griffiths’ touching portrait of Ophelia.
– Michael Miller, New York Arts
An extraordinary work which extends our sense of what it is to be human beings.
– John Goodby, Wales Arts Review
The remarkable achievement is to extend Ophelia’s world into impossible realms while remaining connected through deep feeling to her original. She resembles herself.
– Oli Hazzard, Music & Literature
Ophelia shows that “there’s more to me now than the poor, sweet daughter” in achingly lovely words that stem from Shakespeare but bring Beckett’s later prose to mind.
– Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
Let me tell you is beautiful, philosophical and musical. It is a hymn to the human.
– Peter Hughes, 10th Muse
Line by line, then page by page, there is no sense of strain, just of a world, a voice, a story, beginning to emerge.
– Philip Terry, Golden Handcuffs
I found ‘let me tell you’ a beautiful and enthralling work, as well as a great success in Oulipian terms.
– Harry Mathews, co-editor (with Alastair Brotchie) of Oulipo Compendium
I was amazed by how moving and true Ophelia’s voice is when up against and, surely thanks to, the constraint.
– Caroline Clark, author of Own Sweet Time
Griffiths trusts that his form will effect its own kind of “saying.” That it results in a character with emotional depth that plausibly develops a life story about which Hamlet is otherwise silent only validates the wisdom of the author’s commitment to that form.
– Daniel Green, The Reading Experience
Griffiths’ work as music critic and translator shines through; he has composed a prose work whose components recur and resound like familiar notes.
– Alyssa Pelish, Rain Taxi
A text that took from the canon and reached far beyond it. Let me tell you showed that a well-chosen constraint could be generative, musical, and astonishingly creative. An uncanny voice played across the page, and has stayed in the memory long after the stylised sagas, fables and confessionals which littered the noughties.
– Kevin Davey, author of Radio Joan
A simple idea, quite brilliantly realised. Ophelia’s haunting, incantatory monologue, using only the words Shakepeare gave her, is deeply moving.
– David Collard, author of Multiple Joyce