An online version of a major newspaper has a review of a book written about Shakespeare’s famous character, Falstaff. The author first read Falstaff when he was twelve years old. He is now seventy years old. His book is about how and why the Falstaff character is important to him. He quotes from Shakespeare often in order to explain his thoughts. The review has several illustrations, including a photo of Orson Welles as Falstaff. The price of the book and the publisher are included.
- Not that there is anything ethereal about Fat Jack. This rough looking swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of hungers, red-peered toward, unfastened, sherry-drenched.
- He is part agnostic — the Lord of Misrule free to move around at will in Eastcheap, and accordingly his time is short. We meet him first in “Henry IV, Part 1,” effectively old.
- Yearning at life, drinking buddy of the youthful Prince Hal, who is calculatedly slumming it in London’s East End, similar to any rich child fleeing from the family firm.
“Harold Bloom fell in love with Shakespeare’s Sir John Falstaff when, as a boy of 12, “I turned to him out of need, because I was lonely.””