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review 2020-03-21 16:53
The Little Book of Shakespeare
The Little Book of Shakespeare - D.K. Publishing

This little book of Shakespeare plans to discuss all his plays and his sonnets in general over the space of 200 pages. Therefore, of everything there is only a little bit of information. A short synopsis of each play and a very short analysis. Obviously, these aren't very deep.

I feel this book works best for readers who sometimes want to refresh on play or another every now and then.

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review 2014-01-27 00:00
The Book of Sand & Shakespeare's Memory
The Book of Sand & Shakespeare's Memory - Jorge Luis Borges,Andrew Hurley I first read Borges about twenty five years ago, when I read the collection Labyrinths. That collection has stayed with me and I have thought about several of his stories many times over the years, but I never went on to read more, until this book.

This is a collection of short stories from the end of Borges life. Even though they were originally composed in two volumes the stories are very slight. They are very much old man stories, in that for almost all of them, one cannot imagine anyone, but an old man writing them. There is nothing wrong with that of course, but they have the feel of being written at the end of a life. Often wistful or concerning memory, they, as a group, look back. The tone is set by "The Other" in which Borhes meets his younger self in a dream. There is a lot of doubling in the stories, and memory, loss, wistfulness and acceptance are touched on again and again.

Interestingly, I discovered Lovecraft only relatively recently and there is an homage to Lovecraft here, what is most interesting is how similar they are as authors, even though they have two very different goals and fan bases.

In the end there is nothing here that is as good as the best of Borges' younger works, but the collection is still well worth reading. I don't see myself turning these stories over and over in my mind and it is a complement to Borges great works, but it is a good complement. To my mind, "Shakespeare's Memory" is the best of them, but even it would be put to shame by something like "Funes, The Memorious".

A good book for Borges fans, but not the place to start reading him.
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review 2013-12-07 00:00
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory - Jorge Luis Borges The Book of Sand (1975)
--The Other
--The Congress
--There Are More Things
--The Sect of the Thirty
--The Night of the Gifts
--The Mirror and the Mask
--A Weary Man's Utopia
--The Bribe
--Avelino Arredondo
--The Disk
--The Book of Sand

Shakespeare's Memory (1983)
--August 25, 1983
--Blue Tigers
--The Rose of Paracelsus
--Shakespeare's Memory

A Note on the Translation
Notes to the Fictions
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review 2013-07-21 20:58
Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 5)
Shakespeare's Counselor - Charlaine Harris Lily is getting more and more involved with Jack and his business, and finally goes to some counselling to deal with some of her issues to do with her kidnapping and rape when she was younger. Things get complicated when one of her fellow members is killed. It's interesting, the characters do develop but it is quite slow.
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review 2013-07-21 20:58
Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard, Book 4)
Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris Lily is drawn into a murder mystery when she finds a woman dead in a car, she's a woman known for liking men, a lot of them, and the number of suspects is quite large. Lily Bard is an interesting character and her ongoing relationship with Jack is fun to read about.
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