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Obtrusive 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 istance 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 own 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 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 seems uniuely ualified 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 aughter has taken up 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 Code pnal 2020 annot. dition limite - 117e d. 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 sometimes laugh out loudroll word play Finally Jacobson gives us a twist on what pound of flesh means these The Peoples Songs daysReally very entertaining I highly recommend this DNF 43% I 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 City of Big Shoulders 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 muchropped in as is from The Merchant of Venice so it s unclear 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 Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles drawn but their flightyaughters less so I just got to a point where I My Name is Bob didn t care at all what happened next which to me was the sign to give up and move on to something elseI must say I m prettyisappointed so far with the Hogarth Shakespeare updates 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 ropping this rating own 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 Billy Bragg down after reading Jeanette Winterson s The Gap of Time I read Jacobson s J last year and wasisappointed in it in similar ways as I am Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary disappointed in this one While he can write Jacobson is veryisjointed in his writing as if he is showing off to us plebs how smart how intelligent how verbose how white how upper class and in this case how Jewish he is and therefore how much better he is than the rest of us I can t help but wonder if this is one of those books that are written for men about men and by men that us helpless females are too ifferent fundamentally t 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 unlike a prayer shawl and was sitting on his Glyndebourne stool talking to Leah A few remainin. Ulminating in a shocking twist on Shylock’s emand for the infamous pound of flesh Jacobson’s insightful retelling examines contemporary acutely relevant uestions of Jewish identity while maintaining a poignant sympathy for its characters and a genuine spiritual kinship with its antecedent a rama which Jacobson himself considers to be “the most troubling of Shakespeare’s plays for anyone but for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish also the most challenging?.
Firstly I am VERY glad I listened to Shylock Is My Name on audio The narrator was very English very nicely spoken and gave emphasis to all the right words He helped me stay on track whereas left to myself I probably would have read too fast and lost the meaningThe meaning was eep 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 Miss Shumway Waves a Wand does it uite like Shakespeare himself and Shylock beginning The uality of mercy is not strained speech was an absolute and unexpectedelightI am enjoying this Hogarth Shakespeare series overall but some of the books are entertaining than others This one is undoubtedly very good but enjoyable would not be a word to 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 understanding of Shakespeare s The Merchant of Venice and I suspect those of us who The Touch 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 to understand and get the most out of this bookWhilst Io agree with some reviewers that the Strulovich Shylock passages are stronger than those concerning Plurabell D Anton the On His Majestys Service 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 andeepens understanding 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 Different Class definitely not the other way round This book really made me laugh Ion t often laugh out loud at books especially not on a plane surrounded by strangers But I The Essential Good Food Guide 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 Iidn t get any of that as I read it But I Textbook of Wisdom 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 up 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 itid live 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 In Defence of Dogs done so well and it built up the story perfectly The best thing about this novel was how thought provoking it was Itoes help to have read The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare because the book is based on it I was a little confused when I was trying to raw the parallels between this book and the play The storyline of Portia was clearly the same as the one of Plurabelle in this novel But Shylock s story with wanting his bond and all that occurs in The Merchant of Venice has already happened Instead of Shylock s story we are getting Strulovitch s which cleverly twists to run parallels with Shylock s old story It was incredibly well one and I loved seeing the similarities in the retelling This one also heavily focuses on the theme of The City in Mind discrimination religion and religious culture Especially Judaism seeing as the original play is based around this I know that the focus being on this will put off some readers but seeing as I haven t read many books about Judaism it intrigued me all the I learned some things and it made me think of some others You could easily replace the word Jew here with other culture titles or religions and you might even get a similar story It s amazing ho. Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters Shylock Winter a cemetery Shylock In this provocative and profound interpretation of “The Merchant of Venice” Shylock is juxtaposed against his presentay counterpart in the character of art ealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch With characteristic irony Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and
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W well this relates to some issues present No One Wants You day but to see that you ll have too some of your own analysing I also liked that Shylock and Strulovitch were both fathers who had to raise their children alone for whatever reason It s interesting to the ifferent approaches they take although they both are landing in the extreme D Anton was another character I liked He seemed to simply want to play the father to everyone and be of help But sometimes it put him in ifficult situations and it was so sad to see how events unfolded around him Without knowing what there was there was uite a bit of rising suspense The outcome wasn t a mind blowing plot twist but it wasn t what I predicted either The best way for me to Penguins Poems for Life describe this book would be as pleasantly surprising A gentle read but one that rested heavily on my mind I recommend it and look forward to the next book of its nature This review and others can be found on Olivia s Catastrophe This is a book I ve wanted to read for a long time although I idn 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 upon the stage including a chance to finish unfinished business in Act Five In this book he appears in chilly England to help and support Simon Strulovitch who finds himself stuck in a ilemma similar to Shylock s in A Merchant of Venice Don t get mad get even an idiom not a 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 oesn t turn things aroundTwo other writers I ve read who eal 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 Divine Beauty depends on shame or guilt or on instilling insight on whether the perpetrator is willing to look at himself and think and of course on whether the targeted people catch on Shylock Is My Nameoes not Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone depend on shame guilt or insight Neitheroes the effect Down to the Sea in Ships depend this time on unearthing 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 cano so since now Jacobson and not only Shakespeare is fashioning him And oh Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, do Plurabelle and D Anton the modernay 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 inner 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 aughter meet Shylock yes that Shylock in a local cemetery where he s speaking to his long Chain of Fire dead wife Leah and takes him home The two men bond over what too with Jewish The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, daughters how toeal with lost wives and The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur discuss what it means to be Jewish in a transhistorical way The other half of the book offers a modern update on the PortiaAntonioBassanio plot and makes lots of lovely knowing gestures the unpleasant edge to all these characters their vapid and sometimeseliberate prejudices the triangular nature of their relationship Jacobson s writing is wonderful sometimes sparkling sometimes Maharaj diamond hard and vicious What he hasone here is to bring the humour back to the story something that has become increasingly Kuduz difficult in relation to the original play for post Holocaust generations though contemporary Israeli theatre companies haveone a fine job with this issue His take is acutely informed by modern scholarship but it s one in a subtle and un. Assion concerned still with uestions of identity parenthood anti Semitism and revenge While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his aughter Beatrice's “betrayal” of her family and heritage – as she is carried away by the excitement of Manchester high society and into the arms of a footballer notorious for giving a Nazi salute on the field – Shylock alternates grief for his beloved wife with rage against his own aughter's rejection of her Jewish upbringing
Profile of Howard Jacobson in The New York Times“The book's appeal to Jewish readers is obvious but like all great Jewish art — the paintings of Marc Chagall the books of Saul Bellow the films of Woody Allen — it is Jacobson's use of the Jewish experience to explain the greater human one that sets it apart Who among us is so certain of our identity Who hasn't been asked What's your background and hesitated even for a split second to answer their inuisitor Howard Jacobson's The Finkler uestion forces us to ask that of ourselves and that's why it's a must read no matter what your background”— David Sax NPR