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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 p

Summary Shylock is my Name

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. 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

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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. 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 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 drawn but their flighty daughters less so I just got to a point where I 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 pretty disappointed so far with the Hogarth Shakespeare updates Jeanette Winterson s Th What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings to reconcile himself Pulse (Frank Quinn, to his daughter Beatrice's “betrayal” of her family and heritage – as she is carried away by The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the arms of a footballer notorious for giving a Nazi salute on Simply Napkins the field – Shylock alternates grief for his beloved wife with rage against his own daughter's rejection of her Jewish upbringing C. DNF 43% I d read Jacobson s The Unconscious Civilization three most recent novels and liked The Complete Tightwad Gazette them all well enough He s certainly your go The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years to author if you want a witty discussion of الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the modern Jewish persecution complex I Writing and Selling Magazine Articles think The Strange Bird the problem with Cleopatras Daughter t sure what it wanted Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, though others also seem The Sphinx to see him or a Tidelands (Fairmile time Strings their flighty daughters less so I just got Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to a point where I didn Catch and Release t care at all what happened next which Devils Paw (Imp, to me was Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the sign In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the Hogarth Shakespeare updates Jeanette Winterson s Th


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

  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 love with the beautiful writing styl

  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 to all the r

  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 i

  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 him and given him another turn upon the stage including a chance to finish unfinished business in Act

  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 might be fi

  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 readin

  8. says:

    This is an intelligent informed and brilliantly written engagement with Merchant it approaches the play thematically rather

  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

  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 bla

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