The book of air and shadows review
The Book of Air and Shadows by by Michael Gruber: Summary and reviewsGood Shakespeare content, though. I liked it quite a bit. You probably know the plot without me even having to tell you. Same deal here. Blah blah blah, typically backstory stuff about exactly what a new Shakespeare manuscript would mean to the world, guesses at its value, and so on, and then the race is on for who gets it first, the good guys or the bad guys. Seems innocent, then somebody dies suspiciously and we learn just how far the bad guys are willing to go…you know, the standard stuff.
The Book of Air and Shadows
In this ingenious literary thriller from Gruber The Witch's Boy , the lives of two men are changed forever by William Shakespeare and the letters of Richard Bracegirdle, a 16th-century English spy and soldier. Jake Mishkin, a Manhattan intellectual property attorney and a bit of a rake, goes on the run from Russian gangsters. Albert Crosetti, an aspiring filmmaker working for an antiquarian bookstore, finds that life is more exciting than movies—perhaps too exciting. Together, Mishkin and Crosetti travel to England in search of a previously unknown Shakespeare manuscript mentioned by Bracegirdle. Though the pace sometimes slows to allow Mishkin, Crosetti and Bracegirdle to divulge interesting aspects of their personal lives, these digressions only make the story more engaging. The suspense created around the double-crosses and triple-crosses works because of the close connection readers forge with Crosetti in particular. The mysterious murder of a Shakespearean scholar, shootouts in the streets of Queens and an unlikely romance all combine to make for a gripping, satisfying read.
In a comic thriller written with remarkable flair, successful author Michael Gruber Valley of Bones serves up an elaborately layered and devilishly detailed masterpiece in The Book of Air and Shadows. The plot revolves around an intriguing quest: the modern-day search for an unknown, unpublished and hidden play by William Shakespeare. Action begins with the discovery of a 17th-century letter along with a baffling coded message that had been hidden in the binding of an 18th-century book. An oddball cast of quirky characters sets off in search of what seems to be a controversial Shakespearean historical drama that would have changed the course of English history and the monarchy if it had been discovered by Shakespeare's contemporaries. The dramatis personae of Gruber's tour-de-force adventure include Jack Mishkin, an intellectual property lawyer and weight-lifting Lothario with plenty of family problems , two bookstore clerks Albert Crosetti, an aspiring Roman Polanski without much of a love life, and Carolyn Rolly, a dead ringer for Brigid O'Shaughnessy of Maltese Falcon fame , a couple of corduroy-clad Shakespearean scholars, a handful of NYC immigrant gangsters and more than a few unconventional family members. Filled with laugh-out-loud humor and meta-fictional satire, Gruber's literate novel intricately recursive and richly allusive in its innovative narration adroitly conflates the truths and lies of the human comedy; in fact, throughout The Book of Air and Shadows , Gruber wryly deconstructs the strange ways in which we deceive ourselves into believing things that are and perhaps ought to remain unbelievable.
Rate this book. An intellectual property lawyer is at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death. A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries. An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth.