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Ulminating in a shocking twist on Shylock’s demand 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 drama 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?. 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 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 The Freeze-Frame Revolution poignant sympathy for its characters and a genuine spiritual kinship with its antecedent a drama which Jacobson himself considers to be “the most troubling of Shakespeare’s The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 plays for anyone but for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish also the most challenging?. This book really made me laugh I don t often laugh out loud at books especially not on a Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus 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 His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch place about 5 miles away from where I grew up so I can The Doctors Dating Bargain 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 The Collection 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 Whispers of Feathers play would make me want to re read the book which would make me want to go back to the Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal play which wouldDid I mention it made me laugh

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Shylock is my Name

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 present day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch With characteristic irony Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and p. Shylock is My Name is a book I have been pining to read since I heard about it And it did 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 done so well and it built up the story perfectly The best thing about this novel was how thought provoking it was It does 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 draw 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 done and I loved seeing the similarities in the retelling This one also heavily focuses on the theme of 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 how well this relates to some issues present day but to see that you ll have to do 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 different 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 difficult 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 describe this book would be as pleasantly surprising A gentle read but one that rested heavily on my mind I d recommend it and look forward to the next book of its nature This review and others can be found on Olivia s Catastrophe

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Assion concerned still with uestions of identity parenthood anti Semitism and revenge While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his daughter 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 daughter's rejection of her Jewish upbringing C. 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 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 dilemma 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 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 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 Name does not depend on shame guilt or insight Neither does the effect 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 can do so since now Jacobson and not only Shakespeare is fashioning him And oh do Plurabelle and D Anton the modern 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


10 thoughts on “Shylock is my Name

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    Shylock is My Name is a book I have been pining to read since I heard about it And it did 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 lov

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 hi

  6. says:

    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 don’t migh

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 remaining droplet of dew seuinned the lawn lighting him up from below like footlightsPart of the Hogarth Shakespeare series I read this re imagining of the Me

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