- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Allen Lane; Auflage: 01 (27. September 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846146755
- ISBN-13: 978-1846146756
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16 x 3 x 23,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 76.004 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Shakespeare's Restless World: An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. Oktober 2012
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MacGregor is not a man for making airy generalisations about the past. He examines concrete evidence and like a Sherlock Holmes teases out of it more information than you would think possible to deduce (Peter Lewis Daily Mail)
Shakespeare's Restless World, filled with anecdotes and insights, eerie, funny, poignant and grotesque, is another brilliant vindication of MacGregor's understanding of physical objects to enter deep into our fore-fathers' mental and spiritual world (Christopher Hart Sunday Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
The acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series exploring the world of William Shakespeare through a selection of objects from his era, presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Each chapter focuses on one object linked to an aspect of the plays - for example, a model ship leads us to the witches in Macbeth - and then MacGregor tells the reader of how the audience at that time would have reacted when witches were still believed to have the power of raising storms, causing shipwrecks etc.
In another chapter, he looks at The Tempest and a 'magical' mirror and then goes on to discuss how magic and science were intermingled ' at time when superstition was wide-spread. A woodcut leads to the one Irish character in Shakespeare's plays, a soldier in Henry V, and gives an opportunity for MacGregor to discuss the troubled relationship between England and Ireland during Elizabeth's reign. Every chapter, though short, is packed full of information.
Pictures of the objects are included, so the reader can relate better to them. So all in all it is not a bad book. Maybe because I have already read so much on Shakespeare and his time I got a little bit bored. So maybe this book is more for people who are trying for the first time to get a better understand of Shakespeare's plays. Then I can definitely recommend it. If you already know quite a bit, this is a nice refresher course.
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You cannot do this in a museum, because you cannot read an essay while standing in front of a glass case. But the author of this book, Neil MacGregor, lets you know what it would be like if museums had armchairs. In a previous volume, "A History of the World in 100 Objects", he takes an object, say, a Korean roof tile 1,300 years old, and explains how a person of that period would have regarded it, what it meant in the context of its time.
He has done the same thing in "Shakespeare's World" with 20 objects from Shakespeare's time. An example is a silver medallion about 2½ inches in diameter, made in commemoration of Drake's circumnavigation of the earth in 1577-80, when Shakespeare was a teenager. In order to truly under this object, you have to know that Shakespeare lived when Europeans first began to understand the world in an entirely new way, a great round globe (one of his theaters was named "The Globe"), full of brave new worlds with strange and wondrous people in them. His plays are full of references to maps (Comedy of Errors), strange lands (The Tempest) and exotic foreigners (Othello, Shylock). To have lived in Shakespeare's time was to have begun to see the world in an entirely new way, just like for us the world changed when we saw images of the earth taken from space.
Another object is a communion cup. In order to understand this object you have to know that everyone was forced to drink from such cups in church and everyone had, by law, to go the church. It helps to know this when Claudius orders Hamlet to drink from a goblet, and when Gertrude refuses to obey him when he tells her not to.
Another object is a fork, an elegant and rare object lost by some rich person in the audience while watching a play. This signifies luxury, which is associated with Italy. This chapter contains information on Elizabethan foods, and explains what Falstaff's meal would have meant to the audience: "potatoes", rare and exotic, "kissing comfits", breath mints in a land of primitive dentistry, and "sea holly", an aphrodisiac.
The book helped me to better understand Shakespeare's world and his plays. I kept wondering, however, how the author had time to both run the British Museum, and also write such fascinating books.
I loved this book - an easy and delightful read.