My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare (Unabridged)
by Jess Winfield
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Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is not living up to his name. It's 1986, and instead of finishing his thesis on the Bard, this grad student is saying "yes" to drugs, bedding coeds, and delivering a giant psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious collector. Meanwhile (or rather, back in 1582), would-be playwright William Shakespeare is an 18-year-old Latin teacher whose world is turned upside down when a stranger entrusts him with a sacred relic from Rome, drawing him into an underground network of Catholic dissidents. When the lives of Willie and William begin to eerily intertwine, their wild misadventures will shape not only the "Shakespeare" each is destined to become...but the very course of history itself.
This work is delightfully rife with references so varied that it can only be the result of our current world of force-fed media forms and the content that spews forth from them. Despite this, it is also the result of a selectivity that creates what may well be a new genre of literature. Elements of a serious biography, historical fiction, even science fiction (read Time Machine), almost pretentiously eloquent soft-core erotica and post counter-culture pop culture madness a la Zippy the Pinhead are carefully blended to create a highly entertaining new form. How often does one hear arguements about Shakespeare's religious bearings and a DEA raid at a renaissance fair in the same book? The resulting blend, like medicine that may not necessarily taste good, also might slap one's mind in the face such that some good old fashioned self-reflection results. God forbid this book/audio book might serve to enlighten! Really a great ride. Those seeking pulp need not apply although you too might be pleased. Now that's saying something.
OMG i love shakespeare
ok, any shakespeare haters need to go read a play by him. then they will understand how awesome he is. this book was amazing and enlightening. it showed me a whole new to the great playwright. he will live on in the hearts of his followers for all eternity.
Funny premise, but tedious book
As a fan of humorous, quirky plays like "Rosencrantz and Guiltenstern are Dead," and "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" I was excited about this book, especially for such a low price. At the beginning I was definitely hooked, since it may have one of the funniest opening paragraphs I've every read (listened to). But then the story started to drag. The main non-Shakepeare character wasn't interesting and had no redeeming qualities; he didn't seem like a real, fully-fleshed out person, and after listenting to over half of the book I still didn't care about anything he did. Shakespeare was just obsessed with sex and was always going off on long perverse monologues that were supposed to sound "Shakespearean" but that paled in comparison to the words that the real Shakespeare wrote. They didn't seem like something Shakepeare would have actually said (to me), which also made his character unbelievable and therefore difficult to be invested in. Thus, even though I like the premise of the story I think it was not well-executed.