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The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street Hardcover – Import, 31 January 2008
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- Publisher : Viking Adult (31 January 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0670018503
- ISBN-13 : 978-0670018505
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 658 g
- Dimensions : 15.95 x 3.4 x 23.47 cm
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- #104,762 in Biographies & Autobiographies (Books)
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So, on balance, a very good book, but just not the book I was expecting. I did at times feel a little overwhelmed at the huge amount of information thrown at us, but I genuinely learnt a lot I was unaware of before. As I said, the research on this book was incredible, and the author deserves a lot of credit for that alone.
Its shortcomings are its tedious descriptions of "tire making", the occupation of his landlord and landlady, and its needless obsession with the prostitution of the time. The "tire making", in particular, is tiresome and of no real relevance to Shakespeare. It's like writing a book on Churchill and finding he lodged with a gardener for a while so using that to justify analysing the internal workings of a lawnmower. Some justification for this is sought by finding any reference to "tire making" in the plays but it smacks of padding out a book that has little substantial material to work with at the start.
A worthwhile buy and read but not the landmark publication some critics have hyped it up to be.