Re: Nothing like the Sun
Posted by Steven on 9/4/2012, 20:23:08, in reply to "Nothing like the Sun"
I enjoyed the language--it was enough of a taste of Shakespearean English without being too difficult to read. |
It seemed that the purpose of the novel was to imagine the personal life of the author of the sonnets. Burgess was only marginally concerned with Shakespeare as a playwright, and I don't really see in his Shakespeare a man with the depth to write a Hamlet or King Lear. To me the novel was more valuable as a picture of Elizabethan England than of Shakespeare himself.
Yes, I think the novel does make WS out as bisexual, but in a very subtle way. I suppose that's because in the early 1960s when Burgess was writing homosexuality was still too much of a taboo to include anything explicit.
: I finished it last night, and I'm still thinking I'm
: living in Elizabethan London. WS came through as a
: very likable man, a normal human being with his fears,
: passions, business relations, etc. Although Burgess's
: prose is very "sixties", I didn't think it
: was difficult to follow, except perhaps at the
: beginning. The mixture of XX Century's vanguardist
: style with archaic terms worked very well, although I
: had to recur to the dictionary very often. I learned
: many words I'll never use!!
: I recently watched the movie "Anonymous",
: which puts forward the old theory that WS didn't write
: his works, but the Earl of Oxford did. The movie is
: quite good, although I think the theory is just bogus.
: Most certainly the movie writers read this book and
: elaborated upon it, but played down the role of HW.
: Am I wrong or "Nothing like the Sun"
: portrays WS as bisexual? Or was his relationship with
: HW only the product of, first, interest, and then
: A big, welcome byproduct of this book: I read or
: re-read several of WS's sonnets, fragments of plays,
: as well as works by Marlowe, Jonson and others
: mentioned, out of Harold Bloom's "Best Poems of
: the English Language".
: Just some random thoughts on this book, while I wait
: for your comments.