Its hard to believe that one could endure the sensory deprivation for all those years especially when introduced to the punishment when virtually a child. There is so much to love about the book -- a memoir of an interesting human, a prison drama, an analysis of my favorite plays, significant human growth. He had written, “Shakespeare saved my life.”. What professor wouldn’t like to hear a student enthuse so much over a Shakespeare play—a Shakespeare history play, no less!—and then to be able to flip the two-thousand page Complete Works book open and find the quote immediately: “’When that this body did contain a spirit, a kingdom for it was too small a bound!’”.
"?Kirkus, "A powerful testament to how Shakespeare continues to speak to contemporary readers in all sorts of circumstances."?Booklist. And Newton didn’t even know who Shakespeare was. But I wasn’t miserable anymore. I don't NOT recommend it, but it would be hard for me to really sell this one to someone. My research confirmed that the program did have an effect: lessening the likelihood of violent incidents in a population with extensive histories of violence.
What Bates doesn't do is make excuses for her students, and they seem to rise to her expectations. They should be punished and such consideration is unwarranted!” Well ….most prisoners will end up on the street and maybe in your neighborhood, should we not try to engender some right thinking, positive thought processes, and coping skills through education? It also, through Larry Newton's transformation, explores some rea, An interesting and thoughtful account of one inmate's astonishing success in a Shakespeare-in-prison program. Bates taught Shakespeare to solitary confinement prison inmates. So the way that I felt about myself had to be the source of all my misery. Why not use your experience to call for reform? I'm so glad I didn't! Honestly if I had seen the book in a library or on Amazon I might have skipped over it, but I was intrigued enough to dig out one of the kids library cards to borrow it (I have one of my own somewhere but since I read almost exclusively on my phone or listen to audiobooks I haven't used it for a long time and have no idea where I have put it). Recommended to book clubs by 3 of 3 members. Honestly if I had seen the book in a library or on Amazon I might have skipped over it, but I was intrigued enough t. I'm kind of lucky that most of the really good books I find to read start as recommendations on Goodreads, comments on Facebook from friends or just enjoying the author and being willing to try something else they have written. I've always told my students that reading Shakespeare can make a person, not just smarter, but also better. The documentary was graphic and most difficult to watch. I'd really give this four-and-a-half stars. It is also a timely contribution to the discussion around the value of a liberal arts education. Lessons and interpretations that fine scholars often overlook? I feel that Bates could have made more of a point with this book, though. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Most of these inmates didn't graduate from high school, but were willing to read Shakespeare, do homework, and study it.
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