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Playing Shakespeare (Performance Books)
Playing Shakespeare (Performance Books)
by John Barton
Edition: Paperback

5 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Theoretical sans joy, 10 Jun 2006
Two-stars is harsh, for the book has advantages, notably its subject, being open to endless fascination. What's more, the dialogue inside is spoken by famous actors, such as by David Suchet, who bring a more practical insight to the words. Thus there is both the wisdom of Shakespeare and of the actors. It's entertaining in it's way, but as a magazine at a doctors surgery, it's a distraction. If you want a discussion of Shakespeare's language, the book by Frank Kermode may warm the heart. If you want a guide to speaking the lines, trust yourself and open your own mouth to speak. Whatever lesson, one learns it best oneself. Being a dialogue of actors discussing how to play Shakespeare, it is of partial interest both to the actor and to the scholar, but of insufficient merit to warrant purchase.
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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
by Peter Hessler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good, 18 Aug 2002
It really is the best book I have read since "Far From the Madding Crowd" or "Anna Karenina" last summer; they are neither related nor similar. This book is a cross between documentary, insight, tale, and non-fiction. It is like a diary in its intimacy yet thankfully lacks both the inherant cumbersome layout and a skimming over of events.

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