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4.0 out of 5 stars Brevity is the soul of wit in this excellent book., 29 April 1999
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Appearing almost simultaneously with Harold Bloom's magnum opus, Peter Brook's 40 page account of Shakespeare's continued importance to contemporary readers, audiences and performers could not be more different to Bloom's ludicrous "Shakespeare. The Invention of the Human." Adapted from a lecture given in Berlin last year (and featuring a transcript of some of his audience's questions), "Evoking Shakespeare" is permeated with the wit, intellect and understanding that has contributed to Brook's standing as one of the greatest of the theatre's Shakespeare interpreters. Committed primarily to considering why Shakespeare retains his relevance when so many other writings have failed to, this is a book that is keen to avoid reductionism and trite "solutions". Instead, Brook suggests that an appreciation of the levels of meaning, the refusal to claim single allegiances and an ability to shift his perspectives constantly is key to understanding Shakespeare's genius and continued domination of our theatrical (and literary) tradition. It's an hour's read at most, but the reward of reading it is disproportianately great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 15 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Evoking (and Forgetting!) Shakespeare (Paperback)
This is a lively, compact and sensical conference on Brooks basics for the Shakespeare experience... it's a great door entrance for his works... after this book, it is worth to try with "The Empty Space" and "The Quality of Mercy" to make your happiness complete...
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Evoking (and Forgetting!) Shakespeare by Peter Brook (Paperback - 26 Sep 2002)
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