Review: Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects

Title: Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era In Twenty Objects
Author: Neil MacGregor
Publisher: Viking
Published: October 1, 2013
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-670-02634-0
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his team at the British Museum, working together in a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC, bring us twenty objects that capture the essence of Shakespeare’s universe. A perfect complement to A History of the World in 100 Objects, MacGregor’s landmark New York Times bestseller, Shakespeare’s Restless World highlights a turning point in human history.

My thoughts:
If you've ever read Shakespeare, this book is for you! Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects is written by Neil MacGregor. MacGregor worked with many knowledgeable people to put together this book of twenty objects that were really relevant in Shakespeare's day. Reading this book gives you a greater understanding of what things meant in Shakespeare's time. Why somethings were taboo, while others drew a hearty laugh from the audience. 

I enjoyed every page of this book. Each chapter introduces an object, the history behind it, and it's importance during this time period and why Shakespeare would include it in his plays. Things that seem trivial in our time held greater importance in the past. MacGregor also includes many images with his objects. This made the book come alive even more. To be able to see a specific image that MacGregor is referring to made this book even better. 

I also enjoyed MacGregor's writing style. I know some people might think this book could be boring or that it may read like an instruction manual, but I can assure you it's not. He has an easy story-telling style that will leave you wanting to know more. My only complaint, if you can call it a complaint, is that I wish this book were longer. I was fascinated from the get-go and was a little sad when I reached the end of the book. This is the perfect book for history lovers.

MacGregor has also written several historical nonfiction books including: A History of the World in 100 objects, Treasures of the National Gallery, The Museum: Behind the Scenes of a British Museum. I'm going to add these books to my wishlist. They sound perfect for this nerd.

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