Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Year in the Life

Since my one devoted reader is begging for an update, specifically about the book I'm reading, I will oblige. Although tempted to simply give the name of the book and its author, I will include my own brief book review. I'm quite sure my reader will hasten to the nearest bookstore and buy the book so that we might engage in lengthy discussions of its contents. Or maybe he'll just be bored out of his skull by this blog post and quit asking for more.

The book is A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro.
This is a detailed study of the significant political and cultural events of 1599 that would have influenced Shakespeare's writing. It was during that year that he wrote Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Hamlet, and erected the Globe theater. I recommend it to all readers interested in Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, and British military history. Although it sometimes reads like a textbook, it is well-written and interesting.

If you're not interested in the book maybe you'll at least be interested in some of the places I've been reading it.
  • on my bed
  • on Collin's bed
  • on Cambryn's bed
  • in the bathtub
  • on the couch in the family room
  • on the couch in the study
  • in the car during softball practice
  • in the car before baseball games
  • in the car between basketball games
  • in the carpool line at school
  • at my parents' house
  • at the pool
  • on my patio
  • on our trampoline
I have absolutely no idea how to make this post any more interesting, so there you have it.


Uncle Joe said...

I got a huge laugh out of this post.
Good job!

Uncle Joe said...

This wonderful book will be a classic. It combines specific new historical information discovered by Shapiro's original research--yes, new information can still be found on Shakespeare!--with an insightful reading of the great plays he wrote just before, during, and immediately after his annus mirabilis 1599.

Aunt Jo said...

I am very jealous of your reading time. Seems I can't stay awake to read at night....maybe because I stay up too late watching what I DVR'd on Direct TV. haha

Uncle Joe said...

Now you have 2 readers!
It's a miracle!!!

The list of where you read the book could also be a list of where you like to eat Green Eggs & Ham.

Aunt Jo said...

you forgot in the loo

lesliereid said...

I didn't forget, AJ. Notice how I said SOME of the places, not ALL the places?! ha.