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review 2017-06-24 02:52
[REVIEW] Phaedra by Jean Racine
Phaedra - Jean Racine,Richard Wilbur,Igor Tulipanov

I am surprised at how easy this was to read. After reading little bits on my commute, I sat down and finished it in a day.

Shame colors Phaedra’s life and blinds her completely to any solution other than death. She is not a reasonable person at any point until the very end when she has seen the consequence of her passion. She had hoped in vain that Hippolyte would return her feelings and save her from the shroud of guilt that covered her. Ultimately, he became so disgusted by her sentiments that it made her shame grow into a monster she couldn’t control and that would be the cause for Hippolyte’s unjust demise.

I was not a fan of the false rape accusation at all. It perpetuates this bullshit that women falsely accuse men of rape out of spite. Not here for this.

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review 2017-06-24 02:42
[REVIEW] The Cid by Pierre Corneille
The Cid - Pierre Corneille,John R. Pierce,John R. Pierce,Joseph Rutter
Our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; always some cares, [even] in the [successful] events, mar the serenity of our satisfaction. In the midst of happiness my soul feels their pang: I float in joy, and I tremble with fear.
[Don Diego, Act III, Scene V]



It was really striking to read this play. First, I was expecting to be bored (I don't have the best track record with classics). Second, I was expecting a really difficult read. I'm happy to report that it is neither. I like that Corneille presented real and flawed characters, all of them having to deal with the act of sacrificing something dear to them because it was the right thing to do. I found myself wondering several times how on earth could the central problem be solved. In a way it was but it wasn't? Because it ended so abruptly, one can only hope that Chimène was able to forgive Rodrigo though I have no idea how she ever could forgive him. Same way I have no idea how she could stop herself from loving him.

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text 2017-05-28 13:52
Audible Deal of the Day (US)
The Oedipus Plays - Jamie Glover,Sophocles,Michael Maloney,David Horovitch,Samantha Bond,Julian Glover,Ian Johnston - translator,Hayley Atwell,Audible Inc (UK)

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text 2017-04-19 10:31
19th April 2017
Blood Relations and Other Plays (REV Ed) - Sharon Pollock

There is nobility in the struggle, you don't have to win.

 

Sharon Pollock

 

Today we celebrate the birthday of Sharon Pollock. The leading Canadian playwright is best known for Blood Relations, based on the story of Lizzie Borden.

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review 2017-03-29 06:35
My bad
Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay - Stephen King

I`d forgotten why I'd skipped this one the first time and I dove in again decided to finish. It's a screenplay. I hate reading plays. I slugged through several of Shakespeare's and a couple of other authors' and managed to enjoy myself through on the brillancy of their dialogue alone, but I can't help the want to enjoy them in their meant form each time.

 

This lacked the nuanced lines that could make it worth reading as it is, and I didn't much care for the story line either. The idea is interesting, bad choices all around, comunity, greater good, "paying as you go", and the resolution was unexpectedly mercyful (it could have gotten a lot more uggly, either choice taken, but it works with the idea of good type of comunity). It still fell a bit short for me. Flat. As in, I didn't much care. Which could well be the format delivery, so thus the title.

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