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Shylock is my name

Howard Jacobson

Shylock is my name

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Published .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Fathers and daughters,
  • Shylock (Fictitious character),
  • Jews,
  • Fiction

  • About the Edition

    In a modern re-imagining of Shakespeare"s Shylock--Simon Strulovitch, riddled with grief after the death of his wife, struggles with his daughter Beatrice"s betrayal of family and his daughter Jessica"s rejection of her Jewish roots.

    Edition Notes

    StatementHoward Jacobson
    SeriesHogarth Shakespeare
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR6060.A32 S59 2016
    The Physical Object
    Pagination275 pages
    Number of Pages275
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL26882385M
    ISBN 100804141320
    ISBN 109780804141321, 9780804141338
    OCLC/WorldCa908914353

    But by the same token, the whole thing has the potential for becoming merely a literary game of spot-the-differences—an occasion for ingenuity rather than imagination. I found that amusing in parts but, overall, I struggled to derive much enjoyment from it. Jacobson, who is one of the funniest and canniest writers I know, has an alert sense of both the opportunities and the perils of rewriting Shakespeare. With deft prose, Jacobson takes things a profound step further: Shylock might actually be a subconscious projection from Strulovitch, that part of Strulovitch that values wealth and selfhood. The best parts of the book show these two trying to figure out what it means to be a Jewish man and father to a daughter. I found it unpleasant and sneering, and initially swore never to bother with anything written by Howard Jacobson again.

    Near the end Strulovitch thinks, "Loneliness, was it? That at least you knew your enemy. Now he has returned to the Bard with a contemporary interpretation of The Merchant of Venice. Well, I walked into that one. Like in one of my favorites, Much Ado About Nothing, a couple we're supposed to be rooting for as endgame has a man who publicly humiliates his fiancee on their wedding day because he has been misled into believing she's no longer a virgin. Not only that, he wholesale imports the original character of Shylock the moneylender himself.

    Jacobson has opted for the latter, and has done so with empathy and affection, offering a partial vindication but withholding resolution. Jacobson isn't cheating the circumcision is one reading of the famous pound of flesh but here it's the engine of the plot. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. Shylock resists explanation, and that is why he continues to fascinate.


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Shylock is my name book

And then there's The Merchant of Venice, which contains both one of the most poignant speeches on our shared humanity I've ever come across as well as an astonishing amount of anti-Semitism. While his debates with Strulovitch thrash out the nature of vengeance, duty, fatherhood and history, it is through the ongoing dialogue he keeps up with his deceased wife, Leah, that Jacobson softens him, allowing him a humanity — and a tragedy — beyond victim or villain.

I've been excited by the concept of the Hogarth Shakespeare Collection in which respected authors reimagine the Bard's works in modern retelling. Shakespeare's other characters get updated: Antonio is an art dealer who does favors for handsome men, among them versions of Bassanio and Gratiano one a dopey boy toy, the other a dopier footballer.

With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. When businessman and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch meets Shylock, he's fascinated: who better to talk through his Jewish issues with?

This presents a definite adaptation challenge Howard Jacobson's first book, Shakespeare's Magnanimity, written with the scholar Wilbur Sanders, was a study of four Shakespearean heroes. Place an order and we will contact you with the expected arrival date. 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.

I found it unpleasant and sneering, and initially swore never to bother with anything written by Howard Jacobson again. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge.

Shylock Is My Name

Most helpful negative review 1 customers found this helpful Average rating:2out of5stars, based onreviews Ive been excited by t In he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in for his most recent novel, J. I live when I lived.

To write about Shylock in a novel would mean having to decide how he really felt about Christians, about Jewishness, about justice and revenge; and making these things explicit would diminish his power. These two do marry at the end of the play and we're meant to be pleased by this reunion.

Not only that, he wholesale imports the original character of Shylock the moneylender himself. From the beginning of his career, but especially in the last decade or so, Jacobson has been an obsessive analyst of the relationship between the Jews and the English.

Synopsis 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.Download PDF Shylock Is My Name book full free.

Shylock Is My Name available for download and read online in other formats. 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/5. Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson, review: 'Shakespeare reverse-engineered' or even a manifestation of the "Shylock envy" that becomes one of the book's themes as Strulovitch struggles to 4/4.

‘Shylock Is My Name’ by Howard Jacobson

Jan 21,  · Culture > Books > Reviews Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson, book review. A retelling of 'The Merchant of Venice' that, says Lucasta Miller, is supremely stylish, probing and unsettlingAuthor: Lucasta Miller. Feb 07,  · Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson review – a provocative retelling of The Merchant of Venice Shylock meets his modern doppelganger in the Author: Stephanie Merritt.

Shylock Is My Name (Book): Jacobson, Howard: Random House, atlasbowling.com 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.