I wanted to like this book, at first I almost did But then I really didn t The story rotated chapters between Willie Shakespeare Greenberg, 1980 something, and William Shakespeare, circa 1580 as the story progressed, Willie s tale began to widely detract from what could have been a pretty decent story about the original Shakespeare, a young, 18 year old Bard Largely filled with sex and drugs which normally I m all about in a fun read , Willie Greenberg s story was one I just didn t care about I didn t feel sorry for this wannabe academic, or whether or not he could come up with a convincing thesis topic before his dad cuts him off financially Or whether he d unload a massive shroom and a pound of pot at a weird nerd rave Renaissance Faire without getting snitched on by Reagan narcs Or that his sometime It s something of a subgenre in historical novels these days where the main character bilocates between today and yesteryear Imagine Will Shakespeare living in the Hippie era, smoking pot, poking around the Santa Cruz and Berkeley campuses, and trying to avoid trouble but habitually falling into it And then there was that other guy, in the literally stinking times of Elizabethan England, who it seemed couldn t catch a break, not least because his wayward Willie kept impregnating the locals. An imaginative portrait of the Bard, well researched and than a bit amusing. God, the 1980s character was so unlikeable Another one of those completely boring, unwashed I m being literal here always stoned, personality free guys who somehow has dozens of hot women want to bang him that men write and seem to think are clever And how dare his dad pay for his tuition, room, and meal plan and not also give him money for the drugs he spends literally all his time doing I wish there was a joke here that I was missing, that the author didn t expect me to sympathize with and like his character I was supposed to be on his side, as least in a friend who s a fuck up but still a good time way instead I kept waiting for him to get hit by a bus. Also, thanks for the two and half page, totally earnest screed on why Reagan was evil and the war on drugs was racist Topical and cutting edge in a boo
I ve been stewing for days on how many stars to give this book I wanted to give it 3. 5, but goodreads doesn t give you that option. Why, you ask, was this such a quandary Stuff that puts it in the fours column unique voices, fun time bending, I learned stuff about Shakespeare he was a Catholic , Winfield does a good job keeping the plot moving, one of the best written sex scenes I ve ever read mind you, I don t read a lot of smut Stuff that puts it in the threes column grad student living off his parent s dime seems old and stale, there s a few plot moves that are so predictable that I had to say Oh, come on out loud, female characters aren t developed enough except for Shakespeare s sister. I ultimately decided on four ↠´ My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare â It s fitting that I picked up this novel after finishing Hamlet in Purgatory Both are concerned with Shakespeare s religious affiliations, but other than that, could not be different It helped, though, to have my memory jogged by Greenblatt s analysis of Catholicism in medieval and Elizabethan England It prepared me for the rip roaring ride between the two Will Shakespeares that author Jess Winfield creates here the playwright and Willie Shakespeare Greenberg, a man who understands little about Shakespeare that he doesn t receive under the influence of a Rubik s Cube or psychedelic mushrooms. For Winfield is telling two stories here a surmise of what may have happened to make Shakespeare one of the greatest writers who ever lived, and the events surrounding a grad student in 1980s, his struggle to finish or just plain start his thesis, and the drug deal he unde What I learned from this book Quoting Shakespeare gets you laid inordinately often Being Shakespeare does as well Drugs do not impede sexual performance Opportunities occur seize themFinally, the fault lies most certainly in ourselves This book was written with verve, panache, style and wit It s light, easy to read, and quite a bit of fun And it s even better if you like Shakespeare. I sent this to Jess Winfield at his website today Subject So Good I read It Twice More slowly the second time, of course, because my initial reaction to My Name is Will as fast vacation reading went something like Whoa What just happened here Was that Something etc I wasn t entirely sure it was, but the suspicion grew So I read it again, and sure enough, your book really is that good Your reach and your grasp are, almost miraculously, one You really do get it all done and each time I revisit a passage or the connection between two passages, especially the combo chapter Yikes Closest to that I ve ever seen anyone come is when Larry McMurtry has the same scene in All My Friends Are Going to be Strangers E Book, My Name Is Will A Novel Of Sex, Drugs And Shakespeare By Jess Winfield This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book My Name Is Will A Novel Of Sex, Drugs And Shakespeare, Essay By Jess Winfield Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are [ read Online My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare ☆ m-m-m-f PDF ] by Jess Winfield º You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For You My name is Will, and that is also the name of this book coincidence I don t think so Someone, somewhere, thought it would be amusing to get me a book that s title is something I might say Even betterer sic the friend also got the book signed and dedicated by the author dedicated to me The author has written inside the book Your name is Will The whole concept is genius Shame I can t say the same for the book. I hate to say bad things about a book, especially when I don t finish it Who knows, maybe after the first 100 pages the whole thing takes off Maybe the telling of two stories, one of the William Shakespeare the other of a Will Shakespeare, is a brilliant idea, and the two stories intertwine arriving at a brilliant and amazing conclusion Unfortunately, I am old and have come to the Shakespeare in Love meets Julie and Julia or at least so far as I can tell without having actually seen that movie The simultaneous plots follow a young William Shakespeare around the time he was becoming a playwright and William Willie Shakespeare Greenberg as he is struggling to finish his masters thesis on, you guessed it, Shakespeare The author attempts to show parallels in the two protagonists lives through the use of alternating chapters Surprisingly, this is not annoying, and in fact, it s kind of cool to anticipate what the next chapter will bring for the other Shakespeare based on what has just happened to the first The author is obviously quite an expert on Shakespeare himself, and the historical perspective on the persecution of Catholics in England under Queen Elizabeth is pretty interesting It s
About The Author
The Reduced Shakespeare Company, co authored the worldwide smash hit play The Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged , won two Daytime Emmy Awards as a writer producer for the Walt Disney Company, and, most recently, authored MY NAME IS WILL A NOVEL OF SEX DRUGS AND SHAKESPEARE, a New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice and a California Book Awards finalist He has just completed his second novel and is working on his third Jess lives in Hollywood with his wife Sa, an accomplished ceramicist In his spare time, he blogs about Los Angeles s dynamic ethnic food scene lafoodcrazy.blogspot.com.