Jonathan Bate surprised and amazed me. His writing style drives the narrative, which in some cases is quite detailed, forward at a steady pace. I devo...moreJonathan Bate surprised and amazed me. His writing style drives the narrative, which in some cases is quite detailed, forward at a steady pace. I devoured this book in a few days. He had me at the first section all the way through to the last page.
In the 1580s, and in the first couple of years of the 1590s, the university wits, namely: Greene, Marlowe, Nashe, and Pearle had the stage. Around that time Greene protested with this statement:
"Yes, trust them not: for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger's heart wrapped in a Player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you; and, being an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene on a country."
The stage is set, and the upstart Crow plans, learns, networks, and writes, and writes, and writes. In 1592-1594 the plague closed the theatre. This was quite beneficial because in this time, Shakespeare wrote his first two plays, and had a swashbuckling time. It was during this time, discussion turns to how in 1594 Shakespeare was able to buy in to the Chamberlain's men. This is all meticulously crafted in scholarly style by Bate, and when he delivers possible solutions to the mysteries: I knew he had a strong case.
This develops through the politics, the work, the relationships, and most importantly, 'The Genius of Shakespeare'. We are then taken on the stage of Shakespeare, the international one, and how his ability to relate with all people propelled him to be loved like no other writer. It was his ability to love Nature and all life, which transcended him from a poet to an Icon. His legacy, unsurpassed, remains and remains the writer's / poet's standard of absolute artistic brilliance.
This is a book that captured my heart, and will remain with me forever. There are so many books on Shakespeare, and I have no need to read another one.
I love it more than books that bored me to tears; Dearer than Xbox, Everybody loves Raymond and...moreI recommend this book to anyone. Why?
Because I loved it.
I love it more than books that bored me to tears; Dearer than Xbox, Everybody loves Raymond and cricket; Beyond what can be valued, priceless and timeless; No less than a walk on the beach and a cup of hot chocolate; As much as anyone as ever loved or been loved; A love that makes me change careers and cry poor; Beyond all manner of design and divine words, I love you.
Newman writes with authority, humor, zeal, and precision. Her book is exceptionally brilliant. Why? Because it covers the history of liter...moreI recommend!
Newman writes with authority, humor, zeal, and precision. Her book is exceptionally brilliant. Why? Because it covers the history of literature since Homer...only the ones that are important. It was so interesting, I found myself reading into the wee hours, and I found myself becoming a better person, writer, and lover because I read this book. And I highlighted through the process what classics were important to me and my future.
I suspect if you are interested in literature, you'll be interested in Newman's book.
Each one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly. Orwell's penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a...moreEach one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly. Orwell's penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a man that knows what he wanted, where he was at, and where he wanted to go could achieve.
As a writer myself, I am on a journey where I also knew with a lighting-bolt shift in consciousness at 31 years of age that I was to write. And so my eyes still in a soft thrill, when I find a writer that I can learn from, to understand me, my craft, and life better. Orwell, accomplishes this on so many levels, and why? Honesty, experience, and reflection.
He raises the four great motives for why writer's write, at any rate for writing prose, which are the backbone, the keystone, of why he, and other writer's write: sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.
As kids we ask why, why, why. And this is a great way to learn for them, to understand, to relate to, and as it is here, by asking why, we become better writers. We start to lose our self-consciousness, and gain self-respect, and the most important trait...self-confidence. And as a result gain a deep-seeded respect for the craft of writing. Our mentors, which we all have, have tussled and hustled their way through the red-tape of their minds, their life, to breakthrough as a writer worthy of being a mentor.
Refining the style to become more exact rather than picturesque was his pursuit. To expose a lie. To be true to himself. To share with the world the truth according to George Orwell.
My, my, how invigorating it is to see a writer love words in this way, and as he states, "Good prose is like a windowpane." This to the end is also my pursuit.
I loved it, and he is definitely one of my mentors. (less)
I love Anne's writing style. Her prose is descriptive, fast-paced, targeted, spirited, and eloquent. To write a book takes effort and heaps of it, so...moreI love Anne's writing style. Her prose is descriptive, fast-paced, targeted, spirited, and eloquent. To write a book takes effort and heaps of it, so kudos to her for giving it a go, again. Well done!
Besides my initial comments, I believe the plot lacks in certain areas, namely: plausibility of characters' lives. It seems to me as being a stretch, way too far out there in the skewed region of 'yeah right, pull the other one'. I know she could have married the paranormal with the normal to blend a more suitable conflicting, compelling story.
The relationships between Reuben, Celeste, and Laura were way too fake, and nonsensical. Not real life.
The paranormal aspects had depth in places, but lacked also in being able to weave a story that captivated, as in the conflict was over and out way too quick each time. It was as if the characters had cue cards that told them what to do next.
So, in my opinion it needs some more work, but still I enjoyed her prose. I'll read more of her work, and I'm glad I read it.(less)