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Or if you need this sample for free, we can send it to you via email. We have received your request for getting a sample. Please choose the access option you need: Choose an optimal rate and be sure to get the unlimited number of samples immediately without having to wait in the waiting list choose a membership plan. It starts to answer questions that I had, and in the novel, alongside Marlowe, Shakespeare is a lover of men. In the novel their names are written Christofer Marley and Will Shakspere.
And that leads me to talk about the flavour of authenticity you get here. For me, that balance is just right. I like how she sets out speech as in a play - in Shakspere's hand, for this is a novel of letters. For instance, I skipped over finances, as I have a severely unfinancial brain. Realism, too, was what I thought in the story of his marriage to Anne Hathaway. It might have happened exactly like this, only too easily. In short I admired the honesty, against the temptation to romanticise.
Much else is covered. Theatre life, the politics of theatre, religious conflict. I got well lost amongst Richards, Johns and Ellens; too frequently I had no idea who these people were.
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That might be my fault, as I opened this book in casual curiosity, and didn't pay due attention until I discovered I'd love it. I'll follow, eagerly, into the next instalments of Stuff of Dreams. View all 3 comments. Nov 20, Lannister rated it really liked it. I like reading historical fiction about Christopher Marlowe, so I was interested to read this book as I always enjoy seeing how different authors portray Marlowe's character in their books. I would say I have a very basic knowledge of Shakespeare's life and am a bit more familiar with Marlowe's, and I feel this knowledge helped me get through this book.
I didn't get lost with the number of characters because I was reasonably familiar with them already. I can understand that it might be a little d I like reading historical fiction about Christopher Marlowe, so I was interested to read this book as I always enjoy seeing how different authors portray Marlowe's character in their books. I wasn't that keen on the 'letter-writing' way the story is presented.
I think the author was talented enough that she could have dispensed with this altogether and written a regular novel. I would become engrossed in the story, only to be jerked out of it again when a new letter would start. However the writing itself was good and the main characters came to life for me, and I loved the way Marlowe was depicted! If you enjoy historical fiction about Marlowe or Shakespeare, this book is well worth a read.
View all 5 comments. Nov 16, Anna rated it really liked it Recommended to Anna by: Just finished the book having been alerted to a free download via a goodreads reading group Karen Chance Fans-thank you! I wouldn't have picked it up as I am not a Shakespeare scholar, have never been interested in the issue of authorship I just enjoy his and Marlowe's plays and I am only an occasional reader of historical fiction. This was also my first attempt at a full length ebook which may have clouded my judgement.
I have to say I struggled with it and was very tempted to give up. Then Just finished the book having been alerted to a free download via a goodreads reading group Karen Chance Fans-thank you! Then Marlowe appeared and all was forgiven. I was glad I persevered and would subsequently recommend it. The relationship between Shakespeare and Marlowe and the representation of their characters was credible hence more engaging in the second half, while the social and economic setting took more of a back seat.
If you know Shakespeare's plays you might enjoy 'reference spotting' as you read, though this did feel a bit clumsy at times. The links to Montagna's website are fun and informative. Following two lengthy introductions, the novel is presented in an archaic style as a series of newly discovered letters written by Shakespeare, chronicling events in his early life up to about Depending on your interest in the early life of Shakespeare, the social setting, the workings of London and provincial playhouses, this may be hard going: I found the only way I could keep up and keep interested was by keeping notes.
However from about half way through I was intrigued and genuinely interested. And - as I bonus I learnt how to use notes on my iBooks! Would I buy any more in the series?
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Montagna say she has planned 3 more: So a book of two halves for me: Feb 07, Sarah rated it liked it. As a fan of Shakespeare, and as someone who has had the privilege to study his works in the past, I was most intrigued to read this fictional account of the bard's early life.
The story is relayed to the reader through letters written by Shakespeare to his lover. Whilst this format may be unconventional, Montagna has meticulously put the letters together so th Not Wisely but Too Well by Australian author Pauline Montagna is the first in a series of novels based on the life of William Shakespeare. Whilst this format may be unconventional, Montagna has meticulously put the letters together so that they flow effortlessly from one to another and read less like correspondence and more like a traditional novel.
In addition, the missives are in a style that compliments Shakespeare's own without making it a challenge to read or understand. There are just enough thou dost's to give the work an authentic sense of history and the element of realism that the author was aiming for. However, I was not convinced by the premise that the letters were discovered by an academic and sent to the author for safe keeping at the beginning of the novel. The sense of intrigue in their discovery and the threat of danger in possessing them lacked the sense of realism that is prevalent throughout the rest of the novel.
I feel it is a device that would have been best left out. Having said that, I do feel that this shouldn't distract from the fact that Not Wisely but Too Well is an interesting interpretation of William Shakespeare's life, one that hasn't before been told quite so precisely as Montagna tells it, and one which would appeal to many fans of historical fiction.
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Thank you to the author for inviting me to read and review this novel. Nov 23, Lesley rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book, even tho I am not a Shakespeare or a biography reader. It's a very plausible tale, with some interesting twists and depicts the times well without overdoing the Shakespeare language. I just wish that people in those times had a wider range of names! I wasn't sure about the beginning with the letters, but it does work.
Recommended as a good read. Apr 22, David McLean added it. Is this the real Shakespeare? Maria carmen Rosa rated it it was ok Nov 21, Wendy Dunn rated it really liked it Jan 10, Stacey rated it really liked it Nov 30, Sharon rated it really liked it Jan 17,