NOVEL (Amazon 2021)
“Things standing thus unknown…
draw thy breath in pain
To tell my story”
Or Not To Be is an extraordinary novel. It is a literary-historical detective story unlike any other in English literature. Set during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, England looks outward to overseas expansion, while at home the struggle for power sees the presence of a large number of spies and informers who lurk in the shadows. Amidst religious and political intrigue, the Queen, a lover of literature and languages, promotes story-telling and theatrical performance. Writers are highly valued. But putting pen to paper is not a free for al. For a few who write poetry and plays, it is a dangerous vocation.
Authorship and publication were not straightforward matters. Nonetheless, out of this period in English history, comes a standard of writing hitherto unknown.
In this literary tapestry; an interweaving of verse, poetry, drama and prose, Ron Ramdin uses Artful Reason to unravel a centuries-old “mystery.” He tells the hidden story, not of a myth, but of a Man: England’s greatest Dramatist and Poet, William Shakespeare.
Above all, Or Not To Be, is a compelling novel ; a story of truth, humanity and hope.
It is a story to pass on …
copyright © Ron Ramdin 2000 – 2021