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Oct 27, 2009 Paul Servini rated it it was amazing
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Very interesting and informative biography. Holden has the gift of making Shakespeare come alive in his pages. Of course, parts of the book are informed speculation, but he certainly has done his homework and research. If the aim of a biography is to make its subject come alive, then this one has most definitely succeeded.
I expected this to be dull and straightforward, but actually Holden manages to write in a lively and almost entertaining manner. He also has obviously done a huge amount of research as he describes not only the known facts of the life of Shakespeare but has also discovered info about his friends and neighbours who have provided us hints about where and what Shakespeare might have been and done in a certain year. In addition, he provides us a lot of information about Shakespeare's family and what ...more
The author is touted as witty on the book's cover, but I frankly just found the writing a mess. He skips back and forth in time tangents. That makes the story very hard to follow. He also contradicts himself. He puts forth evidence which is solid, granted. It's hard to argue with acutal records. However, he also uses Shakespeare's works to support his theories on one page. Then he basically says we shouldn't read too much into the passages a few chapters later. The subject of Anne Hathaway is tr ...more
For the bare facts of Shakespeare's life I suppose this is good. However, the book left me wondering why Holden hates Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway. Considering that we know very little about the marriage some of his conclusions were out there. I don't need a fairy tale marriage described, but it seemed a bit lopsided.