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Shakespeare by Harold Bloom
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Dec 04, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: rosalind. falstaff. hamlet. hal. you, if you weren't already mentioned.

I think I like Harold Bloom even more now that you're not supposed to like him because he's a snob/misogynist/old white guy/whatever the reason is you're not supposed to like him, but this was the first book of literary theory I ever read (I was 15), so it holds a special place in my brainheart.

It also holds a special place in my brainheart because Bloom is pretty much right on about everything he's saying in regards to Shahkespeare's invention of modern personality, and because he unabashedly plays favorites with the characters as though he knew them personally. The book reads like a long, deeply enjoyable uninterrupted conversation your irascible old genius grandfather.

and then you pretty much HAVE to play the "Which Shakespeare Character Would I/You/All Our Friends Be" game, which is awesome.
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message 1: by Peter (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Peter "brainheart" + "irascible old genius grandfather" = Awesome post.


message 2: by DoctorM (new)

DoctorM i do like this book, too.


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