A review by syren96
Shakespeare's Rebel by C.C. Humphreys


Provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark

I, like the author, am a bit of a Shakespeare nut. I have read most of his work and I have read a lot about the author himself. I have been to Stratford to visit his house and Anne Hathaway's house; been to the Globe; all those things any self-respecting Shakespeare fan would do when living in England. So maybe my expectations were skewed a little high when I started reading this.

I felt like it took a long time to get interesting. From about Act III, I was into it, but it was painful to get to that point. Maybe it's because I don't have the same fascination with sword-fighting and the arrangement of fights in the theatre as the author does. Maybe it's because Shakespeare ended up being more of a background character than I had anticipated. I can't really pinpoint what it was that made it a slog to get through the first 2/5ths of the story, but it really was.

That said, I did really enjoy the second part of the book, particularly the last two Acts. The pace quickened and the characters began to really reveal themselves. I liked the development of the plays and how they were used to allow society to reflect on what was happening around them in the upper classes.