Donald Bain

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Shakespeare in Company by Bart van Es
Shakespeare in Company by Bart van Es
5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite and focussed, 5 May 2014
A refreshing consideration of a selected area of Shakespeare studies concentrating on the symbiosis arising from his relationship with his acting company and the milieu of the time. This is no lightweight production although there are parts that will be accessible to casual readers. There is some fascinating and credible commentary on how the texts were probably shaped by these relationships. Full appreciation of the book will perhaps only be possible by those with a deep knowledge of Early Modern English Drama although there are rigorous and copious footnotes throughout to assist those wishing to follow up the points being discussed. A central hypothesis is that Shakespeare's achievements… Read more
Shakespeare in the Theatre: An Anthology of Critic&hellip by Stanley Wells
Very enjoyable read which was entertaining and instructive. Sometimes what's not written - perforce the medium of artistic critique - is as riveting as what's writ. Oh to have been there! It's fun to speculate and read between some of the lines.Some interesting insights and approaches by the contributors which provide secondary evidence of how fashions change with regard to what comprises "good and proper" Shakespearean drama. It would be nice to see a second volume. Professor Wells could provide some comment on a few of the more controversial pieces perhaps. That thought arises because I have recently read "Garrick"(McIntyre) and "Mr Foote's Other Leg" (Kelly) and… Read more
The Drugs Don't Work (Penguin Special): A Global T&hellip by Professor Dame Sally Davies
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pill Popper, 19 Mar 2014
A skinny book in the Penguin Specials genre which spells out a single message - but not exhaustively. The message is,"Germs" are becoming resistant to "antibiotics". Examples are given and some of the reasons why are explained.Basically these appear to be, biology, misuse and complacency.
The prose can be a bit turgid and the pace overwhelming. Content flows somewhat erratically between the technical specialisms and the mundane.
The structure would have benefited from a more thought through layout - diagrams, headings, bullet points, etc More of a PowerPoint presentation than a constant fast jog through a very varied and complex landscape. On occasions it's a bit… Read more