Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard

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Icon Books, 2008 - English drama - 263 pages
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Who's afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he did write is inaccessible and elitist. Right? Wrong. "Shakespeare on Toast" knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling and uplifting drama. Actor and author Ben Crystal brings the bright words and colourful characters of the world's greatest hack writer brilliantly to life, handing over the key to Shakespeare's plays, unlocking the so-called difficult bits and, astonishingly, finding Shakespeare's own voice amid the poetry.Told in five fascinating Acts, "Shakespeare on Toast" sweeps the cobwebs from the Bard - from his language, his life, his time - revealing both the man and his work to be relevant, accessible and full of beans. This is a book for everyone, whether you're reading Shakespeare for the first time, occasionally find him troublesome, think you know him backwards, or have never set foot near one of his plays but have always wanted to ...It's quick, easy and good for you. Just like beans on toast.

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Review: Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard

User Review  - Scott Stephenson - Goodreads

This is one of the best intro to shakespeare books I've ever read. Chrystal breaks down Shakespeare's genius into accessible language for the 21st century reader accustomed to Internet and CGI infused movies. Read full review

Review: Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

Throughly enjoyed this. Gave me a good insight into the world around Shakespeare as well as touching on my favourite play (the Scottish one). Might have been better to read it BEFORE I started my uni ... Read full review



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Ben Crystal is an actor and writer. He has worked in TV, film and theatre, including the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe, London, and is a narrator for RNIB Talking Books, Channel 4 and the BBC. He co-wrote Shakespeare's Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with David Crystal, and regularly gives talks and workshops on Shakespeare.

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