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text 2017-08-20 14:27
Reading progress update: I've read 1154 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

The Winter's Tale

 

The title of this play, which means something between old wives' tale and fairy tale and romance (in the older sense), shows that Shakespeare was well aware of the preposterous and silly nature of the material. Arguably the setting of "the coast of Bohemia" is another nod to this because the the term was a proverbial error used ironically - and if you're not Ben Jonson you probably think Shakespeare was well enough educated to know that Bohemia was land-locked.

 

Despite, therefore, it being foolish to take the play too seriously it still doesn't seem to work very well. The shift from tragic to comedic tone doesn't seem to work as well as the reverse, as exemplified by Romeo and Juliet, and the resurrection in the statue scene is irritating - leaving some tragedy would have suited better and the lack of any explanation of how it could have happened irks. Perhaps one is supposed to take the whole thing ironically, like the Scream movies? I think maybe someone should take this approach to a production.

 

The equally daft Pericles seems to work better and I think it's because it is much more uniform in tone - it's just silly and jolly through-out.

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text 2017-08-20 12:56
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 414 pages.
The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: - Ronald Waldron,Unknown

After three days the whale "spits" Jonah up onto the shore, conveniently near Nineveh, where he was directed to by God in the first place...

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review 2017-08-19 14:30
I Wrote This For You: 2007 - 2017 !!!
I Wrote This For You - Iain S. Thomas,Jon Ellis

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Sitting here for the last few minutes, trying to figure out how to best put into words how much I loved this book.

 

Summary: I need you to understand something. Ten years ago, I started writing this for you. I wrote it for you and only you. Since then, millions of other people have read it, but none have understood it the way you understand it. I set out to find you a long time ago and today, I'm so glad I finally have. Thank you for reading these words.

I Wrote This For You is a collaborative photography and prose project. (Almost) every day, the photographer sends the writer a new photograph from wherever he is in the world. The writer creates a poem or short piece of prose inspired by the photograph and focused on whoever might be reading the work, or "you." The writer and the photographer have never met.

 

This book, the collection of photographs and poems, is just too beautiful for words. So many of these poems tugged on every one of my heartstrings, made me feel all the things and made me really think. I love this. I seriously don't know how people can do that, make you feel all the things with just a few lines.

 

I highlightes so many of these poems that I wanna re-read whenever I need them. But also, overall, this is one of those books, that I wanna re-read a few times as a whole, cause it's so beautiful.

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text 2017-08-18 16:55
Reading progress update: I've read 1149 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Two scenes of the Winter's Tale to go.

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text 2017-08-16 17:47
Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 414 pages.
The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: - Ronald Waldron,Unknown

Brilliant image of Jonah's head in the whale's mouth while the other sailors are still hanging on to his feet!

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