for bloom shakespeare invented the notion of human "as we continue to know it", not only for the english speaking and western world, but for all cultures. i cannot honestly say i was able to grasp all the links and ideas in the book, but every time i go to the theatre to see some drama by the immortal bard i read some pages of it....Continua
A deeply interesting book that analyzes each and every one of Shakespeare's plays showing how the Bard "invented" the human as we know it. In terms of a being capable of self reflection and self evolution.
At times it is heavy going, but the parts about Falstaff, Hamlet and Macbeth are really enjoyable, of course much depends also from which plays you like most.
It definitely sits between a reading book and a reference volume, it's for you to decide.