Shakespeare is Hard, but so is Life

Fintan O'Toole

Shakespeare is Hard, but so is Life
Format
Hardback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country
United Kingdom
Published
30 July 2024
Pages
208
ISBN
9781035908738

Shakespeare is Hard, but so is Life

Fintan O'Toole

The works of Shakespeare have become staples of literature. They are everywhere, from our early schooling to the lecture rooms of academia, from classic theatre to modern adaptations on stage and screen. But how well do we really know his plays?

In this witty, iconoclastic book, the bestselling author Fintan O'Toole examines four of Shakespeare's most enduring tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear. He shows how their tragic heroes have been over-simplified and moulded to fit restrictive, conservative values, and restores the true heart and spirit of the classics.

'I've never read a book like this before: it's challenging, irreverent and funny.' Roddy Doyle

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