You don't need to know the plays and sonnets to enjoy this unusual book. There was little said about Shakespeare for several years after his death. Had his friends not published the first folio of his works seven years after his death, Shakespeare might still be little known. Becoming Shakespeare explains how the son of a glove maker became a superstar and the most loved author in English literature.
I love Shakespeare but sometimes the plays seem harsh and very non-PC. In an age where people paid to see dogs tear a live bear to shreds the works of Shakespeare seems much kinder. The Age of Shakespeare delves into a time that seems at once distant and familiar.
It's very entertaining and informative.
I've listened to Alan Watt's for years but this collection is unique. Over several recorded talks he ties keys themes of the great faiths into a common liberating thread. No particular religious point of view is needed and neither are they demeaned. Like so many profound ideas, you may not get it on the first pass but after hearing it from more than one point of view it becomes clearer than ever.
This little gem has become part of the lexicon in our family. Quotes from the stories have become shorthand for the meaningful points. If I say to my daughter "me too" a grin comes every time.
Buddhism is about practice and these stories, though often not about Buddhism at all, are perfect little lessons of our faith in practice.
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