This book is not what I thought it would be. I clearly did not read the description right. I was excited when I purchased this because I loved the movThis book is not what I thought it would be. I clearly did not read the description right. I was excited when I purchased this because I loved the movie so much. But, alas it is not a novel, like I thought it was. Just skimming through the letters. I can't get through the history part, too boring for me.
Towards the middle, and end, the book did get a little more interesting as the authors started to talk about the creation of the Club di Guieletta; as well as the history of such.
Reading the letters were quite funny, too. Some were asking for dating advice; from getting an e-mail address to locating eligible men.
If you are truly a die hard Romeo and Juliet fan, it may be a good read if you skim to the more interesting chapters. But, since I'm not and thought it was going to be something different I can't give it a high rating....more
William Shakespeare was once a mediocre tutor who "fell in love".
This is the man we never knew.
This novel has marketed itself with the tagline "WilliaWilliam Shakespeare was once a mediocre tutor who "fell in love".
This is the man we never knew.
This novel has marketed itself with the tagline "William Shakespeare like we have never known before." Something around those lines. I find it funny, and yes, a little fitting. The Shakespeare in this book is a pre famous Shakespeare, who goes to a woman to fix his sonnets. He's still cocky, but not as so. He was an interesting and fun character to read. There was a realness to him; a weakness and a crack that was nice to see. But, this isn't his story. Oh no, this is Katherine's- widow and the one he falls in love with. Told through Katherine's perspective, you get to see Shakespeare in this different light.
Katherine was an excellent heroine and lover for Shakespeare. She was strong, witty, and smart. She could hold her own in any intellectual conversation, and many times she did. She easily won Shakespeare's heart from the very beginning when she tried to kick him out of the house, not knowing he was the new tutor for the children living in the house. It was a very funny scene. She continued to challenge him throughout; from questioning his education to critiquing his sonnets until they were perfect. She was a force to be reckoned with.
I really enjoyed their relationship. They had really funny banter. Yes, there was the romance. But, I found myself liking the challenges and banter more. I think Chapin did a great job at crafting a realistic relationship between these two characters. I enjoyed reading the novel. There was some sub plots, including a religious one that involved Queen Elizabeth killing the Catholic Priests and some household affairs, but I didn't pay much mind to those. It was all Katherine and William for me.
Although this wasn't a four star book for me, mostly because of the sub plots, I would still recommend it. I think if you are a big fan of either historical fiction or Shakespeare, or both like I am, you will enjoy this book. You may even like the sub plots! Who knows. I just may be picky. Either way, this book should be on your radar for sure. ...more