It has been a long time since I read this play and I had forgotten how backwards Shakespeare got the facts - for dramatic purposes or political, I doIt has been a long time since I read this play and I had forgotten how backwards Shakespeare got the facts - for dramatic purposes or political, I do not know. Clarence as the poor innocent loyal lamb!!
Those who criticize the Ricardians for nearly deifying Richard should take a closer look at how More and Shakespeare, amongst other, handled the sons of Edward IV. Never have two young boys been more dazzlingly good and beautiful, meek and Christ-like. Bah!
I was unable to recognize any of the female figures as the women unbiased history has shown us. This is all propaganda, of the highest quality to be sure, but propaganda all the same. I can only echo Kendall: "What a tribute this is to art; what a misfortune this is for history."
One final note - it helps tremendously to know all the various titles borne by the figures, otherwise reading the play can quickly turn into the same sort of experience one has when reading a Russian novel. ...more
I have the six books in this series in a pair of volumes each containing three of the stories. The series forms a steadily increasing tale of oppressiI have the six books in this series in a pair of volumes each containing three of the stories. The series forms a steadily increasing tale of oppressive horror and dread. I loved it! ...more
Illustration heavy. This book looks at the world from the time of the late Middle Ages through the late Renaissance through the lens of what was boughIllustration heavy. This book looks at the world from the time of the late Middle Ages through the late Renaissance through the lens of what was bought and sold. The rise of personal libraries was of particular interest to me. The lively prose holds one's attention throughout. Lovely book....more
I grew bored when the action translated from Europe and especially from the highlands of Scotland to the Colonies. The book takes place in an area I kI grew bored when the action translated from Europe and especially from the highlands of Scotland to the Colonies. The book takes place in an area I know very well and I was able to visualize the scenery easily since I have actually been to many of the places mentioned. Maybe that is why I was bored.
It is extremely rare for me to not finish reading a book once I get started, however, I simply could not force myself to read the last third of this one. I feel guilty....more
There is the skeleton of a good book, maybe even an excellent one buried beneath the adipose tissue of this volume. Alas, it is buried too deeply forThere is the skeleton of a good book, maybe even an excellent one buried beneath the adipose tissue of this volume. Alas, it is buried too deeply for the typical reader to be bothered to excavate.
Surely, any editor of minimal competence would have helped Wilkinson organize her material better. This book reads as though the author was so excited by her subject and so pleased with what she had discovered or surmised about him that she simply dumped it all out and chortled over the mess. There are long histories of every place mentioned and lengthy digressions which would have better been placed in extended Notes or Appendices. For example, on the occasion of Richard's being taken into the Knights of the Garter, Wilkinson takes one of the requirements for the honour and uses that as a springboard for a chapter-length discussion of his physical appearance (and some other topics!). She should have placed this information either in an Appendix or in its own chapter - after she rid it of the extraneous comments. This sort of meandering is very annoying to the serious reader.
There are many instances where Wilkinson cites numerous authorities for the same event - like the death of Rutland. These additional sources add little to the information already supplied and would have fit better in a footnote. Repetition does not lend authority.
A good proof-reader would have caught most of the spelling and grammatical errors. Wilkinson has left out pronouns in so many places that the reader is compelled to go back and think hard to supply the lacking ones. She seems to have little patience with grammar and punctuation; sometimes I have found myself wondering if English is her first language. And the spelling! Oh dear, most are merely clumsy but some of the misspellings are hilarious, like "tapir" for "taper". Writers do not generally want their readers helpless with laughter during solemn passages.
(Update) The longer I read this book the more I became convinced that my first impression was incorrect. The editor assigned to this project was not incompetent; the truth is that no editor had come within spitting distance of this work, no editor at all - not even a lowly proof-reader. I am reasonably certain that the published book is in fact a first draft, a manuscript handed by the author to the publisher who then promptly set it into type and ran off a few thousand copies, relying on the kindness of the strangers who would buy the book not to reveal the shameful secret. This is regrettable since there is much of value between these covers. The bad part is that it is well nigh impossible to find anything you may be hunting for. I had looked forward to reading this. Now I am only sorry for the writer who has apparently had her confidence as abused by her publisher as have her readers.
I hope Ms Wilkinson will be more careful when she pens the second part of her biography of Richard. If she does. ...more
This was the first truly adult book I ever read. I was eight years old and my godmother let me read her copy. She protected me by assuring my PuritaniThis was the first truly adult book I ever read. I was eight years old and my godmother let me read her copy. She protected me by assuring my Puritanical mother that the edition I was reading was "the movie edition" and all the racy bits had been cut out. Of course, I held in my hot little hands the complete book and devoured it almost at one sitting. At that age, I enjoyed the Battle of Atlanta more than the mushy parts. ...more
Parker has begun to repeat himself. Alas, this seems to happen to so many authors who write series stories for a long time. There is really only so muParker has begun to repeat himself. Alas, this seems to happen to so many authors who write series stories for a long time. There is really only so much that can be done with a single character. Of course, surrounding the main character with a cast of three dimensional henchman can help and prolong the life of the series and that is precisely what Parker did. Sadly, now the henchmen are growing stale as well. All things must finally end.
There is a twist in this story which Parker was probably very proud of conceiving. He telegraphed it long before the end. Mr. Parker is not clever with his foreshadowing.
I did like the way he took some potent jabs at the administration which has just, happily, passed....more
This is, I think, the best of the Spenser mysteries. It presents the hero as a more fully rounded character with interests and talents outside the rotThis is, I think, the best of the Spenser mysteries. It presents the hero as a more fully rounded character with interests and talents outside the rote solving of crimes. His interaction with the boy who has been damaged by the actions of his divorced parents reveals not only the human behind the wise-cracking facade but important hints as to the past of Spenser himself. Susan is also shown to have both flaws and virtues here. I believe this was the point at which Parker committed himself to writing as close as he could get to literature and moved beyond the formulaic mystery novel....more