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My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare
My Name Is Will A Novel of Sex Drugs and Shakespeare
Author: Jess Winfield
"Utterly delicious, original, witty, hilarious and brilliant. Shakespeare In Love on magic mushrooms. The Bard has never been this much fun." — -Christopher Buckley, author of Boomsday and Thank You For Smoking — A Tale of two Shakespeares... — Struggling UC Santa Cruz grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is trying to write...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446508858
ISBN-10: 0446508853
Publication Date: 7/8/2008
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Twelve
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
8/15/08 This delightful novel has two Shakespeares narrating: UC Santa Cruz grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg in 1982 who is attempting to do everything but write his Master's Thesis on the Bard. And-- 18 year old William Shakespeare of Stratford- upon- Avon in 1582 who is stuck teaching Latin and trying to avoid those who would hurt him for being a secret Catholic. Greenberg gets the odd chapters and Shakespeare the even, until their lives come together.

''You perform here, amongst this company, with seeming passion.'
'Seeming is our trade. And there's profit in it, too. There is an insatiable hunger in England for theater. In London especially. A man may make a pretty penny on the stage, if he will but commit to London nine months a year.' (Shakespeare & Burbage)

'Shakespeare' helped create the modern man, didn't he, his influence is that pervasive. He held the mirror up to nature, but he also created that mirror: so the image he created is the very one we hold ourselves up to. It's almost like a time- travel paradox, isn't it?' (Greenberg's professor)

A thoroughly fun, fun, fun book, that had me laughing out loud and anxious to know if the characters would be okay.
reviewed My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Not for the faint of heart or mind -- this book is a treat -- fictional history (historical fiction?) This book is for you if you have any background at all in English literature, the theater, history, Renaissance Faires, geekery, or even just the process of getting a Master's Degree. Some of the material gets quite ribald -- QUITE ribald. There are many references to drugs/getting high, infidelity, teenage pregnancy and abortion, politics, religion. I suppose this wouldn't make for good conversation at a dinner party, unless you've got pretty hip friends. I love how Mr. Winfield flips back and forth from the 1500's to the 1900's -- he draws a lot of interesting parallels between the world of William Shakespeare and Willie Shakespeare. I personally enjoyed every page of the book -- great fun, very clever, and some of the puns were laugh-out-loud hilarious.
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I loved it. It was fun. I especially enjoyed the UCSC setting, it seemed pretty accurate given my knowledge of the local campus. I live nearby and my son-in-law is a professor there.
reviewed My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare on + 412 more book reviews
This ingenious, bawdy novel crosses the lives of William Shakespeare and a modern-day masters student, William Shakespeare Greenberg, who is attempting to write his thesis on his namesake in between getting high and having sex. Lots of fun.


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