Firstly I am VERY glad I listened
Shylock Is #Name on audio The narrator was very English very nicely spoken and gave emphasis to all the right words He helped #on audio The narrator was very English very nicely spoken and gave emphasis to all the right words He helped stay on track whereas left to myself I probably would have read too fast and lost the meaningThe meaning was deep the prose very literary and at times it was very heavy However there were also times that made me smile and there were some very beautiful passages Of course no one does it ite like Shakespeare himself and Shylock beginning The ality of mercy is not strained speech was an absolute and nexpected delightI am enjoying this Hogarth Shakespeare series overall but some of the books are entertaining than others This one is ndoubtedly very good but enjoyable would not be a word but enjoyable would not be a word apply to it It was interesting even fascinating at times and extremely well written but some application was reuired to actually read it Recommended for lovers of Shakespeare especially if you have already read The Merchant of Venice Great book eually thought provoking challenging and entertaining It certainly helps if you have at least some familiarity and nderstanding of Shakespeare s The Merchant of Venice and I suspect those of The White Paternoster, And Other Stories us who don t might be find this book somewhat perplexing to say the least Whilst I am no expert having seen MOV several times certainly helped me tonderstand and get the most out of this bookWhilst I do agree with some reviewers that the Strulovich Shylock passages are stronger than those concerning Plurabell D Anton the difference is however by no means as marked as some reviewers would have it I am a great lover of the plays of Shakespeare watching not reading them and certainly agree with some reviewers that this book enhances broadens and deepens nderstanding and appreciation of the original play as well as the character and possible motivations of ShylockMy advice is to go and see the play brilliant although troubling and challenging as it may be to a contemporary audience at least once and then read the Jacobson book definitely not the other way round This book really made me laugh I don t often laugh out loud at books especially not on a plane surrounded by strangers But I did while reading thisI have read reviews that complain of Jacobson showing off in this book that seem to think it is just about the author showing how well he thinks he can write and how clever he is I didn t get any of that as I read it But I did laugh a lotIt might help that I am British and there s an element of the traditional English farce It might help that the action takes place about 5 miles away from where I grew p so I can picture the scenery etc But it made me laughI read the original just before I read this Now I am in a trap I might never escape this novel made me want to re visit the play as I think I will get out of the Shakespeare version having read the Jacobson version But I am fairly convinced that re reading the play would make me want to re read the book which would make me want to go back to the play which wouldDid I mention it made me laugh Shylock is My Name is a book I have been pining to read since I heard about it And it did live The World Rushed in up to my expectations even though it was absolutely nothing like I was expecting it to be The writing style at the beginning completely threw me It was literature than I had expected even though this is a retelling of Shakespeare I somehow wasn t expecting it to be like that But the further I read the I fell in love with the beautiful writing style and the story The wording was done so well and it builtp the story perfectly The best thing about this novel was how thought provoking i This is a book I ve wanted to read for a long time although I didn t realize it was part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project to commission modern novelists to retell ShakespeareHoward Jacobson has plucked forth Shylock breathed new life into him and given him another turn Essential Business Networking upon the stage including a chance to finishnfinished business in Act Five In this book he appears in chilly England to help and support Simon Strulovitch who finds himself stuck in a dilemma similar to Shylock s in A Merchant of Venice Don t get mad get even an idiom not a He Taught Me to Hope (Darcy and the Young Knights Quest uote not in the sense of a pound of flesh no way but just turning things the other way around That s what happens here Most work on antisemitic stereotypes and thinking involves exploring and setting it forth very necessary very important but doesn t turn things aroundTwo other writers I ve read who deal specifically with Shylock are Philip Roth in Operation Shylock A Confession and Stephen Greenblatt in this New Yorker article Jacobson a Shakespeare scholar before he was a novelist knows about Shakespeare than Roth and I think about religion than Greenblatt They can t give as good as they get like JacobsonUsually the effect of such work. In Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice merchant Antonio borrows from the Jewish moneylender Shylock to help fund his friend Bassanio's wooing of the beautiful prized Portia Antonio who makes no attempt to hide his loathing of Shylocksury and everything Jewish must promise in return a bond of a pound of his own flesh should he not be ab. Depends on shame or guilt *ON INSTILLING INSIGHT ON WHETHER THE *instilling insight on whether the is willing to at himself and think and of course on whether the targeted people catch on Shylock Is My Name does not depend on shame guilt or insight Neither does the effect depend this time on nearthing the complexity with which Shakespeare imbued Shylock Shakespeare created Shylock out of his Christian perspective which thanks to his genius he transcended Jacobson knows that perspective but has another So here Shylock turns the tables He can do so since now Jacobson and not only Shakespeare is fashioning him And oh do Plurabelle #And D Anton The #D Anton the day versions of Portia and Antonio have it coming Think of it as one for the JewsNo it won t lay Shylock to rest once and for all Yet kudos for the power of art and the might of the penI read this out loud at dinner That was perfect for this book How many people read books out loud any longer It probably stopped with the advent of radioHere is a review from The Guardian that likes the book in general but rails at the caricature of the gentile characters and what they re made to exemplify But wasn t that part of the point turn and turn about being fair play one is a little closer this one from The Washington Post is helpful fcking love this book This is an intelligent informed and brilliantly written engagement with Merchant it approaches the play thematically rather than strictly following the plot line although there s lots of that too and manages to be both inside and outside the play at the same time In a bold move Jacobson has his own modern Jewish protagonist with a troublesome daughter meet Shylock yes that Shylock in a local cemetery where he s speaking to his long dead wife Leah and takes him home The two men bond over what to do with Jewish daughters how to deal with lost wives and discuss what it means to be Jewish in a transhistorical way The other half of the book offers a modern pdate on the PortiaAntonioBassanio plot and makes lots of lovely knowing gestures the A House Built out of Stone unpleasant edge to all these characters their vapid and sometimes deliberate prejudices the triangular nature of their relationship Jacobson s writing is wonderful sometimes sparkling sometimes diamond hard and vicious What he has done here is to bring the humour back to the story something that has become increasingly difficult in relation to the original play for post Holocaust generations though contemporary Israeli theatre companies have done a fine job with this issue His take is acutely informed by modern scholarship but it s done in a subtle andnobtrusive way I especially liked the moments when Shylock is interrogated about his intentions in the play a nice way of hooking this back to the original while still maintaining a critical distance This is my first Jacobson and I loved loved his affinity with language the way he chooses his lexicon with precision and attention to nuance and the playful texture this gives to the book I found the first half of the story brilliantly engaging and couldn t stop reading it the second half slows down becomes a bit muddled and laboured as it struggles with the pound of flesh the transaction of the rings all the same an excellent response to reception of and re writing of Shakespeare s play to both bring out its modern relevance and to send Alma Mater us back to the original with another perspective Dear Woody AllenPlease make this brilliant revision of Merchant of Venice into a film You can play Strulovich but cast Charles Dance as ShylockLove your workLynThis was brilliant The Hogarth Shakespeare series commissioned modern writers with the task of creating a contemporary retelling of some of Shakespeare s most captivating plays Here we have English writer Howard Jacobson exploring a new twist to The Merchant of Venice The Hogarth folks chose very well as Jacobson seemsniuely alified to create this TASTY visit with ShylockSimon Strulovich goes to the cemetery to visit the grave of his mother and while there he sees a man conversing with his late wife Turns out the man is ShylockYes THE Shylock From 400 years ago from Shakespeare s play At first I was not sure if this was a figment of Strulovich s imagination but NO Howard Jacobson IS THAT COOL Through absurdist artistic license and some magic realism slight of hand Shylock living and breathing becomes a part of this modern story of family loyalty revenge and recompense Strulovich s young daughter has taken p with a gentile athlete and has left home and left her religion behind Not a strictly practicing Jew he is nonetheless tied to his heritage and expects his daughter to be as wellEnter Shylock with his centuries old weight of tortious injustice to advise his host Jacobson explores themes of love and religion with prose that is Nabokovian in its rich complexity and with sometim. Le to repay the debt When Antonio's ships are lost at sea it becomes clear he won't be able to service his debt The case is heard at court; Antonio must honour his promise Until an nknown lawyer arrives talking of mercy and picks the case apartHoward Jacobson takes Shakespeare's great tale of vengeance and cruelty and propels it through.to shylock is
READ Shylock is my NameEs laugh out loud droll word play Finally Jacobson gives s a twist on what pound of flesh means these daysReally very entertaining I highly recommend this DNF 43% I d read Jacobson s three most recent novels and liked them all well enough He s certainly your go to author if you want a witty discussion of the modern Jewish persecution complex I think the problem with this one was that I wasn t sure what it wanted to be a contemporary Jewish novel or a Hebrew fable or some mixture thereof Shylock is pretty much dropped in as is from The Merchant of Venice so it s nclear whether he s Strulovitch s hallucination though others also seem to see him or a time #traveler or what The exasperated father characters are well drawn but their flighty daughters less so #or what The exasperated father characters are well drawn but their flighty daughters less so just got to a point where I didn t care at all what happened next which to me was the sign to give p and move on to something elseI must say I m pretty disappointed so far with the Hogarth Shakespeare pdates Jeanette Winterson s The Gap of Time was alright in places but not all that compelling I have an advanced copy of Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler on my Kindle though so I m willing to keep trying the series I ve never read The Merchant of Venice and am only basically familiar with the storyline of The Taming of the Shrew I saw one production but it was about 12 years ago so it will be interesting to see whether knowledge of the play enhances my appreciation or vice versa Edit 28 February I m dropping this rating down to one star because I m still angry at itShylock Is My Name is Howard Jacobson s addition to the Hogarth Shakespeare series and I felt it to be such a let down after reading Jeanette Winterson s The Gap of Time I read Jacobson s J last year and was disappointed in it in similar ways as I am disappointed in this one While he can write Jacobson is very disjointed in his writing as if he is showing off to s plebs how smart how intelligent how verbose how white how pper class an Strulovitch found his guest in the garden when he woke It was still early And Cold He was wearing his overcoat with a black scarf over his shoulders to Strulovitch s eye not nlike a prayer shawl and was sitting on his Glyndebourne stool talking to Leah A few remaining droplet of dew seuinned the lawn lighting him The Vanished (Roswell High, up from below like footlightsPart of the Hogarth Shakespeare series I read this re imagining of the Merchant of Venice in a contemporary setting over 10 sittings neither enjoying nor disliking it Hard to relate to the main characters two Jews meeting in a cemetery in the North west of England in winter where Strulovitch is attending the grave of his mother Shylock talking to his late wife and soul mate Leah Both fathered daughters Beatrice Jessica who have moved away from the faith to live with Gentiles For some reason Strulovitch invites Shylock back to his house where his own wife is bedridden following a stroke that has left her a semi vegetable For much of the book the two men ruminate on what it means to be Jewish We had a chance at a Homeland and we blew it Belonging was never what the Jews were good at anyway Being a stranger is what we do It s the diaspora they are at pains to assure me that brings out the best ins Which neatly sidesteps the 120 Jobs That Wont Chain You to Your Desk uestion of what brings out the best in them Eventually 16 year old Beatrice arrives home and meets Shylock with thesual indifference of teenagers but Strulovitch is agitated Strulovitch was ashamed of himself There s something not right somewhere he thought when a father can t see his daughter in the company of another man without envisioning foul playNo worries there Beatrice is intent on running away to Venice with her footballer boyfriend Gratan who has been married at least twice before The lovers were introduced by socialite Plurabelle who hosts a TV reality show between cosmetic surgeries and her confident D Anton D Anton introduced Plurabelle to a handsome mechanic Barnaby the epitome of Taken by the Pterodactyl (Dinosaur Erotica) uncertain youthWhat saves it from crassness is the lyrical phasing which I could only take in in short bursts and the theme seemed to drag Jewish jokes aside for 200 pages and 23 chaptersntil we come to Act V Strulovitch is determined to get his pound of flesh from the The Four Faces of God unsuitable Gratan for sleeping with his daughter while she was technicallynderage and accepts D Anton as a substitute Shylock delivers a powerful argument on the virtue of mercy which Strulovitch ignores only to be outwitted by D Anton He wondered if Shylock were feeling much what he felt now Knowing his words had all been for nothing It wasn t just that there was no victory to be had it was that there was no victory worth having Victory and defeat were alike absurdBut the most thought provoking lines are left ntil towards the end Action had stopped arbitrarily for Shylock but time hadn t Time had embalmed him. Space and time to the shiny modern world of Cheshire's Golden Triangle We start off in a cemetery where a fedora'd Shylock is tending to his wife Leah's grave From there we meet a funny confrontational original cast of characters very much from our own world who also embody and confront some of Shakespeare's most rgent estions and theme.