[Book Review] Hamlet

Hamlet_coverTitle: Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare
Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Classics
Published: 1600’s
Source: Borrowed from a friend

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a synopsis from the Folger Shakespeare Library:

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

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[Book Babbles] Celebrating Shakespeare

Finally, the Internet connection at home is up and running again! And I shall celebrate by posting something a bit of a long babble about a guy everyone knows (and he celebrated his 450th birthday last month).

Ah, Shakespeare. A staple in the world of literature. He stands the test of time, doesn’t he?

Macbeth was the first of The Bard’s plays that I’ve ever read (and bought). I was forced required to read it when I was 11. It was what I was assigned to report about in front of class. Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!” – These lines will forever be ingrained in my memory.

I read Hamlet after, I think because that was next on the reading list. That was such a chore for an 11-year-old. Then, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet… for which I just basically relied on the class reporters, Cliff’s Notes, and skipped reading most of the content because I could barely understand Shakespeare’s words. Too much processing for my little brain. Daunting, really. It made me feel a bit like a simpleton.

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 To bee or not to bee…

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[Random Babbles] To Re-read or not to re-read… Is that a question?

Just popping up for a quick update. Posting stuff through my smartphone is not ideal. It’s a bit uncomfortable and too… small.  And I don’t get the notifications thingy and WordPress dashboard that I see when using my laptop. Anyway.

Over the past few days, I’ve been watching a bit of Shakespearean plays (mostly those filmed stage productions – Thank you BBC and Digital Theatre). This made me want to revisit The Bard’s texts. I own just a few of his works (someone borrowed Macbeth back in high school and didn’t give it back), and I haven’t re-read one in years. I think I’ll start with Twelfth Night.

I’ll probably make some kind of general post about my recent, um, “Shakespeare fever” when I’m done. What’s your favorite Shakespeare play?

Oh, and the internet connection at home will be up and running again by next week. I should be able to post some reviews again soon. I think.

Have a great week! 🙂

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