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Shakespeare: The World as a Stage
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 July 2018
Bill Bryson had been recommended to me as a travel writer. This is not a travel memoir. Having said that while it was a little hard going at times Bill Bryson's essay on the "true story' of William Shakespeare is really fascinating. You will be astounded by the number of words and phrases we owe to Will Shakespeare. I can't start to imagine what his Elizabethan audiences thought of some of his new vocabulary. Full of facts, figures and references the book is a comprehensive compilation of all things Shakespeare/ Shakspear/ Shakespear et.al.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 February 2017
Engaging, informative, personal, funny, serious, researched., professional, highly readable.

Ok I usually make some kind of criticism in a review so what will it be?

I enjoyed reading this book. So will you. You will learn things about Shakespeare's life you never knew, and Bryson will convince you of his thesis.

One of the things I use to judge a book is whether the author gets to the point early enough, Bryson certainly does that.

But that last chapter, too much detail. That's my only criticism.
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on 2 October 2016
This is a most enjoyable read: amusing, intelligent and entertainingly informative. Bryson brings Shakespeare's London and theatre world alive during this entertaining exploration of the life and works of a man about whom little is actually known.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 21 September 2016
Another take on Shakespeare but written with the Bryson wit and humour. Nice way to get an infusion of information.
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on 19 May 2016
As with most Bill Bryson books, it shows a great deal of evidence of study of his subject, and is very well written. An emjoyable and informative book. I learned several facts that I had previously not read before.
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on 29 July 2016
Really enjoyed this. Bryson can sometimes be a bit long and I lose interest in the subject but this one is crisp and to the point. Interesting history and analysis. Would recommend as one of his best.
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on 29 June 2014
This is a super most detailed summary of his life, and times. It has a whole chapter on dismissing the rediculous "Who wrote Shakspeare. Great book
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