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The Player's Boy [Paperback]

Antonia Forest

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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtly educational and deceptively complex 17 Aug 1998
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Like all of Antonia Forest's books this, which is one of my favourites, transcends the "children's book" genre, and is an excellent novel in its own right. The story of one of the ancestors of the "Marlow" family of Forest's other books teaches the reader about the context of Shakespeare's plays and paints a picture of Elizabethan England without ever becoming "educational" or over-worthy.Antonia Forest is not well known enough, or highly rated enough.Shame! Her great strength is her ability to portray characters in early adolescence dealing with complex feelings that they are old enough to experience but not skilled enough to articulate. Can we start a Forest Revival Movement?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forest revival is way overdue 18 Dec 1998
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The Player's Boy is one of the best young adult historical fiction books I have read, and it is shamefully neglected.
The character of Nicholas is subtly drawn and his responses are intelligible to a late 20th century audience, while not becoming anachronistic. The danger of over-idealising Shakespeare is narrowly avoided, but giving him a sardonic younger brother is a touch of genius.
Why is this author so little known and so consistently out of print?
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