Monday, October 15, 2012

[Review] Loving Will Shakespeare

Title: Loving Will Shakespeare
Author: Caroline Meyer
Genre: Historical, Romance, Drama
Rating: 3/5

The whole story revolves around our main protagonist, Agnes (Anne) Hathaway, the woman who became the wife of the world's greatest playwright. The book depicts her journey from childhood, her troubles with her family and up until she died.

What I love about this book is that although this was entirely about Agnes Hathaway, it humanized William Shakespeare. This story showed that although William Shakespeare was deemed at the world's greatest playwright, he was failure in other aspects.

Caroline Meyer was able to weave fiction and facts through this one of a kind novel which depicted the manner of living during Agnes Hathaway's times. Details and picturesque words were able bring out the whole story as if it was unfolding before my very eyes.

And how did I feel towards this story? Well, it was a bittersweet one. Surely, a woman of Agnes Hathaway's caliber deserved much more than what was given to her. At least, she deserved a husband that stayed by her side.

But then, I also applaud her for the courage she showed in living at such a time when women were bound by societal confines.

Although, I for one, am not really a fan of historical romances and stories, this one was a unique read. It gave me an insight behind Will Shakespeare's background while growing up and told the story of one very unique woman who lived despite odds.

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