Hamlet: Play or Novel?

Writer Howard Jacobson shares his passion for Shakespeare's tragedy
Howard Jacobson discusses his introduction to Shakespeare's Hamlet as a text, rather than a performance on the stage. Citing his preference for thinking about the play as a kind of 'novel', Jacobson goes on to name Hamlet his Book of a Lifetime: 'Play or novel, Hamlet is wonderful about judgement, how harsh the intelligent are, how wrong and lonely in their harshness, but how without them the world goes undescribed. From Hamlet I got the idea early that though living in one's mind is terrible, there's nowhere better.'

Source: Howard Jacobson, 'Book of a Lifetime: Hamlet, By William Shakespeare', The Independent, 6 August 2010