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Theoretical sans joy
on 10 June 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.