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Coffee with Shakespeare

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Shakespeare: the most famous writer who ever lived; a man whose career arouses heated controversy. Stanley Wells, described as the world’s leading Shakespeare scholar, chats with the Bard about life, love, writing, and acting, as we follow his steps from a small town in Warwickshire to center stage in Elizabethan London. Joseph Fiennes, who played Will himself in Shakespea ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Duncan Baird
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Alex Moller
Sep 16, 2015 Alex Moller rated it it was amazing
No better and more interesting way to learn more about the man himself - Shakespeare. This fictional account of an interview between the author and Shakespeare based on what is known about the renowned historical and almost mythical writer is engaging and fun to read. Very creatively written and brings Shakespeare back to life like never before. If you're looking to learn more about Shakespeare and are simultaneously looking for an easy read, then look no further.
Carly Laird
Jul 28, 2015 Carly Laird rated it really liked it
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I normally don't review the books I read, mostly because I'm lazy, but also because I tend to read classics and reviewing a book that is already deemed a classic feels unnecessary. However, I really must take the time to say a few words about this imaginative little book. The basis of the book is a fake interview with Shakespeare (of course). I expected it be a bit hard to swallow. Anyone attempting to take on the voice of such a figure - one that is loved, widely known, and yet very much a myst ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
This book was not at all what I expected. Somehow I was thinking it would be either (a) funny or (b) profound. Instead it was simply interesting. Basically it was a lot of information about William Shakespeare and who he most likely was in the form of a get-to-know-you chat over coffee. I was at least expecting quotes from his plays or poetry for the answers or parts of the answers, but they were offered merely as chapter lead-ins if anything. Some people would argue that the author went a ways ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Hil rated it really liked it
I bought this because I found it on sale in the Theatre Store, at the Stratford Festival. The concept is very interesting and unique. I started reading it within minutes of purchasing it, and read it every second leading up to the start of the performance I was seeing, and at intermission.

It is a quick easy read. Much of the information a Shakespeare "buff" already knows, but it is still worth a read.
Nov 28, 2010 Bachyboy rated it it was ok
I don't know what I hoped for; perhaps some deep insight into the man but of course so little is actually known about him so it was no wonder this felt like a textbook. Good idea for the series but this was not so good.
Aug 28, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
This was on sale and I said: why not?
It was really interesting to learn a bit about this man who didn't left behind anything more than his brilliant work. I'm just gonna go ahead and trust the assumptions of Stanley Wells.
Aug 25, 2008 Alicen rated it it was ok
Great concept- a famous Shakespeare critic interviewing Shakespeare back in the day- but doesn't have enough information to be interesting to everyone, nor specific enough details to be interesting to hard core nerds.
Apr 13, 2012 Susanna rated it really liked it
I couldn't find the Q&A series ( the record) so this will have to do!

An enjoyable, light read for my plane ride from JHB to CT.
Jun 10, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing
Just my sort of book....what better to read over a freshly brewed pot of coffee. I have put the Coffee with Mark Twain on my list as well.
Jul 11, 2011 Becca rated it it was ok
Not as interesting or as engrossing as Coffee with Buddha.
Jul 22, 2013 Fareed rated it it was ok
never liked the guy, but the book was good..
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Stanley William Wells, CBE, is a Shakespeare scholar and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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