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The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street Kindle Edition
Audio, Cassette, Audiobook, Unabridged, Import
"The prose moves steadily along, eschews gush, jargon, and digression, and generally inspires confidence. This is the voice of a man who knows his stuff. A pro."-- "Washington Post"
The prose moves steadily along, eschews gush, jargon and digression, and generally inspires confidence. This is the voice of a man who knows his stuff. A pro.-- "The Washington Post" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B002RI9XGU
- Publisher : Penguin (3 July 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 1670 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Customer Reviews:
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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.