The copy I read had been bought by someone in a 2nd hand bookstore very recently. Print is small, and there are just under six hundred, yes 600, pages. If you have good eyes and lighting, that can keep you busy on a very long flight or two. This copy followed me around for about two months, during which I also read a couple of other books.
The Quality of Mercy is a historical novel that tries to give answers to a few questions. Literary historians for centuries have been trying to discover more about William Shakespeare:
- Was Shakespeare a real person?
- Was Shakespeare Jewish?
- Was Shakespeare a homosexual?
- About which people and events did Shakespeare write his great plays and sonnets?