Shakespeare: The World as a Stage Paperback – 24 Mar 2016
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About the Author
Bill Bryson's internationally bestselling books include ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize), ‘A Walk in the Woods’, ‘Neither Here Nor There’, ‘Made in America’, ‘Notes from a Small Island’, ‘The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid’ and, most recently, ‘At Home’. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he now lives in Norfolk with his wife and four children.
‘A delight…A gem of a book.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Witty and infectiously enthusiastic.’ Spectator
'A brilliantly funny and gently insightful travel guide to 16th century England. Bryson is great at picking out of the morass of Elizabethan fact the small details that illuminate and amuse…he also uncovers from the world that surrounded the theatre some fascinating examples of Elizabethan eccentricity…As an abbreviated tour around the world of Shakespeare, this could hardly be bettered.' Sunday Times
‘Bryson uses an inimitably light touch and squeezes a vast subject down to manageable proportions…he is a warm and funny guide through the whole complicated morass of Shakespearean scholarship.’ Financial TimesSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The only complaint I have about this book is that I wish it had been longer, since Bill Bryson writes about his subject so entertainingly. However, Mr Bryson has evidentl taken to heart Shakespeare's own aphorism "brevity is the soul of wit."
So, Bryson has produced just what his publishers wanted, a brief biography that anyone can read and learn from, which appears both learned and well researched on the one hand, but also enjoyable and amusing on the other.
So why only three stars? Well, the book comes across exactly as what it is, a commission. "Bill, could you write us a brief book about Shakespeare?" As such it firstly it feels a bit cobbled together, a bit rushed off. Secondly it is rather lacking in depth. Thirdly it rather lacks structure jumping erractically between the specifics of Shakespeare's life and the generalities of the world around him.
I am probably being over critical, in that the book does exactly what it says on the tin and is well worth a read. I just feel that if the drive to write the book had come from Bill Bryson rather than being a commission, the end result would have been a deeper more satisfying work.
So in summary, recommended as a good light read, just don't expect too much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shakespeare facts or fiction....Excellent. Bill Bryson delivers yet again.Published 19 days ago by D B.
I love Bill Brysons travel books'and I love his unique sense of humour and his Britishness but I am sorry I really struggled with this book
Couldn't even finish it
Full of fun and well researched. Learned a lot about the Bard I never knew.Published 1 month ago by Mike Evans