Tamburlaine Must Die Paperback
by Louise Welsh
London, 1593. A city on edge. Under threat from plague and war, strangers are unwelcome, suspicion is wholesale, severed heads grin from the spikes on Tower Bridge.
Playwright, poet and spy, Christopher Marlowe walks the city's mean streets with just three days to find the murderous Tamburlaine, a killer escaped from the pages of his most violent play. Tamburlaine Must Die is the searing adventure of a man who dares to defy both God and the state and whose murder remains a taunting mystery to the present day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/06/2005
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781841956046
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Review by SimonW11
Well that's another book read. An odd sort of mix, I have read I think better attempts at elizabethan english. Why? I found myself wondering, use the archaic spelling skry, but say that Walshingham slept with Marlow rather than lay with him.There are always inconsistancies in these things though, and the flouridity of the style seemed most suitable.I have never read any Marlow. Though occasional paraphrases would bring quotes to mind "And this is Hell nor am I out of it" for example, before reading this all I really remembered of him apart from a few titles was a quote that his plays consisted of, "puppets spouting golden verse" Which seemed to sum up more or less my attitude to the cast of this piece. The gaoler for example I thought much to well spoken for his role.this is Marlow inflating the language I suspect we are mean't to presume. Blaize's seemed the most puppet like. His motivation seemed bizzare, How Marlow guessed the identity of this Tamburlaine is beyond me it seemed nothing but the plots demand for some closure.While the scenes from the seamy side of life provided plenty of colour. I found them unlikely if I had the shadow of the gallows hanging over me I doubt very much that I would seek out such distractions let alone that they would succeed. That they did suceed is evident by Marlows foolish blasphemies."There are worse fates than damnation." is a quote from the closing paragraphs. And presumably is meant to suggest that Marlow would prefer his works immortality to his souls" It follows then that a refusal to implicate Raleigh would not be for any ethical reason but for intellectual pride, historical immortality, Something that seems unlikely to me in anyone.
Review by Greatrakes
Review by christinelstanley
This novella is excellent, full of intrigue, betrayal and full-on entertainment. The writing is concise and descriptive at the same time. As earlier reviews, I would have been happy to read a full novel with more characterisation.
Review by shanaqui
I'm not at all sure what I think of this one. It was recommended to me as part of a challenge as probably not being my usual thing, but it's not too far off, really. I mean, I've got Bruce Holsinger's <I>A Burnable Book</I> on the go, and that involves Chaucer and Gower... Anyway, I think I might have appreciated this more if I could remember more about Kit Marlowe's death. Pretty much all I could remember was the line from Shakespeare, "a great reckoning in a little room", thought to refer to Marlowe's death (for bonus points, it was said in the rich tones of the man who lectured us on Shakespeare in my first year of university).The style is sort of faux-Elizabethan, and sometimes that slips a bit or rings false, but mostly it was a smooth read. I finished it, though, feeling I'd missed something. I didn't quite get the connection between everything that happened and Marlowe's actual death. Unless it was meant to be just a distraction? Or maybe I'm missing some of the known facts about Marlowe's death that make it all make sense.It's still an interesting read, using its Elizabethan context and the known facts of the situation and weaving a story out of them which includes violence, blasphemy, illicit sex and spying.On the purely aesthetic front, having the entire thing in italics was not a smart decision. It really annoyed me, in fact. Italics are harder to read for a lot of people, me apparently included, not to mention the difficulties someone with a sight impairment could have. Just... <I>why</I>?