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Shylock is my name : William Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice… (utgåvan 2016)

av Howard Jacobson

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Howard Jacobson tar Shakespeares storslagna hämndberättelse genom tid och rum till den blänkande moderna miljö som är Cheshires nutida gräddhylla. Här möter den judiske procentaren Shylock ett sammansatt persongalleri i berättelsen om den antisemitiske köpmannen Antonio som inte vill återbetala sin skuld. De riktigt stora, grundläggande krafterna sätts i rörelse, som alltid hos Shakespeare. [Elib]… (mer)
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Titel:Shylock is my name : William Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice retold
Författare:Howard Jacobson
Info:London : Hogarth Shakespeare, 2016
Samlingar:New 3/19, New SHHS books
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As the name suggests, this is a modern author's take on retelling The Merchant of Venice for a contemporary audience. I often enjoy Shakespeare adaptations that are done well, so of course I figured I'd check this one out. Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed with this one as I'd hoped. Jacobson's take on the story is confusing, incredibly complex, and difficult to wade through. I'm not sure if he intended it as more of an intellectual take than a literary one, but it came across to me as highly inaccessible in the writing style and overall storytelling.

That said, it is a creative take in comparing the original tale to how a similar situation might play out in the modern world. For the concept alone, I do have to give the author some credit. And that's why this pulls three stars from me when I probably would have been inclined to rate it lower based on my overall enjoyment and reading of the book.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review.] ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
First things first: I must confess that I have not read "The Merchant of Venice."

Second: I'm having a really hard time with this contemporary fiction challenge that I've set for myself this year.

Third: I know very little about modern Judaism (and certainly not anything near what I've studied about modern/post-modern/emergent Christianity).

Four: I still enjoyed this book. I wasn't entirely sure what was happening with the character of Shylock being actually present in the modern era, or how the modern characters were portrayed in comparison to the ones in the play. However, I found the discussions about religious vs secular expression of faith relatable and interesting in the non-Protestant framing. There are a lot of quirky characters in this novel -- perhaps a little too over-the-top to be believable -- but I imagine the Shakespearean originals were the same way.

I'm looking forward to future novels in this Hogarth Shakespeare series. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
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Recently, I'm going through a Shakespeare period, its climax probably the three plays I'll be seeing in the Globe in two weeks time (For those of you who're interested: A Midsummer's Night Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth). The Merchant of Venice, upon which Shylock is My Name is based, however is one of those plays that I still rather unfamiliar with. Both the story and the character of Shylock to be honest.

It felt like a great miss when I was reading Shylock is my name. Not only was I unable to see all the parallels between the story and the play, I also didn't know what to expect at all. Strangely enough, perhaps for those who're familiar with The Merchant of Venice, I didn't expect this story at all.

Most of the dialogue, most of the story even, surround about the two main characters, Strulovitch and Shylock, two old men who above all seem to be angry at the world. Due to their negative world view, the whole back has something depressing over it, which for me caused it to be not an easy read at all. I kept putting it away, because it was so depressing. This is why it cost me months to finish it. It's not what I would call a nice or enjoyable read. At least not when reading. Now that I'm finished, I can't say that I regret reading it. The prose was very beautiful, and would certainly be a reason to pick up another book by Howard Jacobson, but only if the theme is less depressing.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
I really enjoy the Hogarth series (the conceit is that a well-known author adapts one of Shakespeare's plays to modern times) and this was no exception, although Howard Jacobson and I usually don't get on. I liked the way he used the character of Shylock, and I thought the ending was particularly strong. I do wish I'd reread The Merchant of Venice because Jacobson references it pretty frequently and I'm sure I missed a lot. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
I have had occasion to remark in this forum before about my apparent inability to learn from experience and my consequent tendency to persevere with authors despite evidence suggesting that I do not like their work.

A few years ago I read Howard Jacobson's Booker Prize winning novel, The Finkler Question. I found that amusing in parts but, overall, I struggled to derive much enjoyment from it. I found it unpleasant and sneering, and initially swore never to bother with anything written by Howard Jacobson again. Since then, I have, however, found myself listening to several of his talks on BBC Radio 4's 'A Point of View', and given that this particular novel formed part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, commissioned to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the Bard's death, I decided to give him another chance.

Well, I walked into that one. The book is certainly very clever (although I found the allusions to The Merchant of Venice rather convoluted), but once again seems to demonstrate Jacobson's unpleasantly superior style, and is too liberally strewn with downright unpleasantness. I don't know if the fault lies with me - I may simply be too middle aged and middle class properly to acknowledge Jacobson's writing. Whatever the explanation, I did not enjoy this book, and I will not make the error of buying anything else by him. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Feb 18, 2018 |
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Portia: Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?
Duke: Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.
Portia: Is your name Shylock?
Shylock: Shylock is my name.
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To the memory of Wilbur Sanders. How it is, that over many years of friendship and teaching Shakespeare together we never discussed The Merchant of Venice, I cannot explain. It is a matter of deep regret to me that we cannot discuss it now.
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Howard Jacobson tar Shakespeares storslagna hämndberättelse genom tid och rum till den blänkande moderna miljö som är Cheshires nutida gräddhylla. Här möter den judiske procentaren Shylock ett sammansatt persongalleri i berättelsen om den antisemitiske köpmannen Antonio som inte vill återbetala sin skuld. De riktigt stora, grundläggande krafterna sätts i rörelse, som alltid hos Shakespeare. [Elib]

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