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Shakespeare: The World as a Stage
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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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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 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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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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on 1 May 2016
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Nobody needs to really introduce what this book is about because this is about Shakespeare.

As someone who has read a little bit of Shakespeare, I thought I knew a little bit about the man and his written words. I definitely like Bill Bryson’s style here though as he chisels back the suppositions and hypotheticals of those before him and delivers a piece of writing which establishes Shakespeare in his historical context.

Nobody really knows for sure what Shakespeare looked like by the way, according to the work here. Nobody really knows where he was when he wrote his great works. Shakespeare is acknowledged as a great romantic writer but his own real life romances were probably few in number and perhaps fraught. He was apparently not the standout playwright of his time and his amazing fame today is more about what behavioural economists might call ‘survivor bias’.

Some may read Shakespeare by Bill Bryson and bemoan the scepticism of an idol. For me, this work shows puts him in his historical context and leaves much room for imagination. I am of the view that one can read someone’s work and let it speak for itself anyway. Why do we always need to know so much about an author or an artist? Five Stars.
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