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text 2017-11-11 12:11
Reading progress update: I've read 1253 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Tudor politics: treacherous and dangerous.

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text 2017-11-05 15:54
Reading progress update: I've read 1219 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Cymbeline

 

Well that was fairly crazy! Convoluted plotting, humourous scenes reminiscent of the major comedies, preposterous coincidences reminiscent of Pericles, potions a la Romeo and Juliet or Much Ado About Nothing, girls dressed as boys like...almost every other Shakespeare play...reversals of fortune, repentant confessions, name a non-Tragic Shakespeare trope it's probably in here and it's all pretty daft. Nevertheless the last two Acts are fun if you can tolerate the silliness and just see how Shakespeare manages to resolve all the disparate and knottily tangled plot threads.

 

I have the feeling Shakespeare was in a hurry to get some of the late romances down on paper and up on stage and less concerned with deep characterisation or even witticism or puns than in most of the earlier work. He was probably a very busy man, by then, not just a playwright and bit-part player but a shareholder in a Royally sponsored stage company, with all that entailed.

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text 2017-11-04 16:55
Reading progress update: I've read 1214 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Alarums! Excursions! Coincidences! Reversals of fortunes!

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text 2017-11-03 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 1210 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Well, I wasn't expecting that! Or that! But that was obviously going to happen.

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text 2017-11-01 18:46
Reading progress update: I've read 1208 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Antipenultimate monthly challenge update: Having to read that book on neurodiversity in HE urgently really messed things up. I now need to read slightly more than one play/month as well a 30 sonnets and sundry short poems. This seems unlikely to me...

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