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Published on October 25th, 2016 | by Booknotes Administrator

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Much ado about Shakespeare by Donovan Bixley

much-ado-about-shakespeareReviewed by Judith Smallbone, Assistant Head of Faculty – Languages at John Paul College, Rotorua

A very clever text that is deceptively simple. Each page has as a heading, a quote from one of Shakespeare’s plays and then a short piece of text that explains an aspect of his life in chronological order.

With beautiful illustrations throughout, readers will also learn a lot from studying the detail in the artwork. Donovan Bixley has managed to put together a detailed picture of the man and include many facts that perhaps are not mainstream knowledge.

The book provides a real and entertaining study of Shakespeare while reminding the reader of his true talent and lasting legacy. It also provides a fascinating insight into the life of a playwright and actor in the times, and the constant struggle of making a living. According to the book, William Shakespeare added over 2000 new words to written English – a considerable feat!

A useful classroom text and an enjoyable read for all those interested in knowing more about the famous playwright.

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