This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Shakespeare References in No Second Chance
Harlan Coben’s novel No
Second Chance contains a couple of Shakespeare references. The first is
both a mention of Shakespeare himself and a reference to a line from my
favorite speech from Macbeth. Coben
writes, “They reminded me of Shakespeare’s sound and fury signifying nothing”
(p. 48). The “They” of that sentence are two investigators trying to find out
what became of the protagonist’s missing daughter. At that point in the story,
the two seemed to be talking a lot, but telling him nothing of importance. The
reference is to Macbeth’s speech from Act V scene v, which reads, in part: “Life’s
but a walking shadow, a poor player/That struts and frets his hour upon the
stage/And then is heard no more: it is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound
and fury,/Signifying nothing.” The other reference is to Hamlet. Coben writes, “And, ah, there’s the rub” (p. 71), a
reference to Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy.