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  1. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
    Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) February 4, 2012 at 11:50 am |

    Interesting post. Bryson and I are hit and miss, but I think that’s a result more of his style than of his subject matter. I’ve never been that fascinated by Shakespeare, which is a bit shameful for an English major to admit, but maybe this would give the sort of light overview I need to not sound like I don’t know anything about the Bard.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid February 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm |

      Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) » It IS a good overview especially for those that aren’t that in to Shakespeare. Since I love him (thus far) and I’d read biographies before, I was a bit disappointed with this one. It just didn’t work for me. Bryson kind of bugged me…

  2. Jillian
    Jillian February 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

    You make a great point about the end notes. I didn’t consider that.

    I definitely felt like this book was a summary of everything that’s out there, but that Bryson gets to the point a lot faster. Definitely not scholarly though. I agree on that. (I don’t think scholarly works are necessarily better, just that this certainly wasn’t one…)

    The inserted opinions was the part that made me chuckle. It felt like reading an editorial. :)

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid February 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm |

      Jillian » “gets to the point a lot faster” well yes, but it’s only his opinion on everything. I don’t know, I guess I just didn’t want an editorial. I WANTED scholarly this time around. So it’s my fault for expecting more or wanting more I guess. It would be a nice starting point for those who don’t know much, though.

  3. Kailana
    Kailana February 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm |

    I read this when it first came out. I didn’t love it, but it was interesting. At the time it was more because I had never read Bryson before and less about reading more about Shakespeare.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid February 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

      Kailana » yeah, I’m not sure I’ll get along with Bryson’s other books either. He kind of bugged me.

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