Harvard Book Club --July 27

The Harvard Book Club met on June 15 to discuss Recycled Glass with the author, Fred McGavran, a Harvard Law alum.  There was a record turnout of Book Club members who engaged in a spirited discussion with Fred and among themselves about his stories, memorable characters and his process of short story writing. 

The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Cafe in the Joseph Beth Bookstore.

The selected book for our Thursday, July 27th meeting is "Hamlet Globe to Globe:  Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play," by Dominic Dromgoole.

Editorial Reviews:

For a recent extensive review in The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, June 17-18, 2017, please see "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on the Road," by J.M. Ledgard.

“You might think of Dromgoole’s new book, Hamlet Globe to Globe, as the Shakespearean equivalent of Bourdain’s TV series, Parts Unknown.
Both offer us irresistible samples of what Dromgoole calls ‘good eating and gargantuan drinking’ with off-kilter characters in out-of-our-way places . . . [Dromgoole’s] aesthetic principle, or unprincipled aesthetic, makes him a natural tour guide for global Shakespeare . . . A comic epic.”―Washington Post

“In this thoughtful and often eloquent account of that world-busting tour, Dromgoole reminds us that Hamlet is intensely political as well as deeply psychological, a study of power and a disturber of the status quo . . . Dromgoole, an excellent dramaturge, draws the curtains aside to reveal the play’s lore and history.”―Dallas News

“[A] thoroughly enjoyable and charming story . . . Besides detailing the two-year tour itself, it’s a story of the play, its themes and language, famous past players, and how it has been performed and received over the years . . . Sly, witty, and delightful―a glorious Shakespearean romp.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With candor, humor, and erudition, English theater director Dromgoole tells [an] incredible story . . . Dromgoole is wise and witty; thoughtful, self-assured, even cocky . . . But he is never dull. His mission was to bring Hamlet to the world to show that Hamlet is the world, and he succeeded admirably. A wide readership, not just Shakespeare buffs and scholars, can enjoy this book.”―Publishers Weekly

“In Dromgoole’s breakneck journey from a retractable-roof theater in Poland to a crammed cream-and-gold palace in Peru to a sweltering, bat-infested auditorium in Cambodia, the narrative covers an astonishing swath of world-girdling geography . . . No chronicle ever gave more compelling meaning to Shakespeare’s conviction that ‘all the world’s a stage.’”―Booklist

“An enthralling account.”―Bookseller (UK)

“[A] richly entertaining book . . . Dromgoole is trading in a kind of intellectual lock-in . . . in which he tells us good stories while feeding us constantly with his deep love for and knowledge of Hamlet .
. . His love of language is contagious . . . There is no one more sparklingly opinionated on theatre than Dromgoole . . .
Dazzles.”―Times (UK)

“An absorbing account . . . [Dromgoole] clearly knows Hamlet inside-out, and relishes the power and beauty of its language . . .
Well-written and thought-provoking . . . Recommended.”―Irish Independent

“The most compelling part of this story (recounted in gripping detail in this book) isn’t the hardships, but the way the play itself travels. You’d be forgiven for thinking a wordy 16th-century play about a Danish prince may not speak to a desert-dwelling Sudanese village, or that the plight of Ophelia wouldn’t move a contemporary Costa Rican. But it did, proving, as Dromgoole had hoped, that this powerful tragedy not only has the ability to transcend time but to cross borders as well.”―National Geographic Traveller (UK)

“If there were ever any doubt that Hamlet is the greatest of all Shakespeare plays―even perhaps the greatest play ever written―then Dominic Dromgoole’s newest book puts any discussion to rest . . . A grand undertaking . . . Along the way we’re privy to a host of amusing stories and biographical anecdotes, and Dromgoole’s wit and English sarcasm turn his narrative into a fun read. What makes it truly worthwhile, however, is his inclusion in each chapter of a meditation on Hamlet itself.”―Weekly Standard

“This is an amazing story about a bold and eye-popping journey. I loved it. Dominic Dromgoole writes about Shakespeare and touring the globe the way he ran the Globe―with passion, insight, relish and irresistible humour.”―Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of London’s National Theatre

“This deeply humane, consistently enthralling account of a theatrical odyssey encompasses travelogue and literary criticism, theatre history and introspective narrative, political commentary and philosophical reflection with beguiling readability.”―Sir Stanley Wells, editor of The Oxford Shakespeare and author of Shakespeare & Co.

About the Author:

Dominic Dromgoole was the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London from 2006 to 2016. He is the author of Will & Me:
How Shakespeare Took Over My Life and The Full Room: An A-Z of Contemporary Playwriting. He has written for the Guardian, Telegraph, and Sunday Times (UK).

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Thursday, 07/27/17 at 7:30pm - 9:00pm | iCal


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