Shakespeare On Toast by Ben Crystal
Getting A Taste For The Bard

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Who's afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he did write is inaccessible and elitist. Right? Wrong. "Shakespeare on Toast" knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling and uplifting drama. Actor and author Ben Crystal brings the bright words and colourful characters of the world's greatest hack writer brilliantly to life, handing over the key to Shakespeare's plays, unlocking the so-called difficult bits and, astonishingly, finding Shakespeare's own voice amid the poetry.Told in five fascinating Acts, "Shakespeare on Toast" sweeps the cobwebs from the Bard - from his language, his life, his time - revealing both the man and his work to be relevant, accessible and full of beans. This is a book for everyone, whether you're reading Shakespeare for the first time, occasionally find him troublesome, think you know him backwards, or have never set foot near one of his plays but have always wanted to ...It's quick, easy and good for you. Just like beans on toast.

About Ben Crystal

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Crystal graduated from Lancaster University and has trained and worked as an actor.
Published September 4, 2008 by Icon Books Ltd. 276 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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At first this seems insufferable: a matey attempt to make Shakespeare "relevant", to rescue him from being considered as boring old "Literature with a capital L", and to persuade the reader that Macbeth is really like Scarface, that iambic pentameter is like rap, and that - heaven help us - if Sh...

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Huffington Post

Crystal does not portray Shakespeare as absolutely "modern" to entice his reader but keeps on reminding that despite the down-to-earthness and relevance, there are 400 years separating us from the Bard - Shakespeare ought to be understood within his native framework of Elizabethan England.

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The last two chapters concentrate on the very core of Shakespeare's brilliance and importance - and the most powerful argument to why we should at least sometimes watch and read Shakespeare, and not always EastEnders - the poetry, and more specifically, Shakespeare's revolutionary use and develop...

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Drawing on his experience as a Shakespearean actor, Crystal offers an irreverent and illuminating look a

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