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text 2018-09-05 13:46
My August 2018
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan,William Shakespeare
Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland
The Couple Next Door - 3.5 stars
Romeo and Juliet - dnf
Wilde About The Girl - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Wilde About The Girl

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Harry Potter, Moxie

 

Apparently the less books I read, the more time I need to actually post my wrap up. When it comes to reading this year, I just feel off. I love reading, I read all the time, but I don't finish any books and it's driving me up the wall. I mean I'm still one/two books ahead on my reading challenge, so I'm not THAT bad, but it still bothers me a lot.

 
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review 2018-08-28 04:03
Juliet: Anchronism after Anachronism
Romeo and Juliet: A Novel - Richard Armitage,David Hewson

Progress report. Just started. Pretty much decided to quit back in the first chapter. This 1960s rebellious teenager is no where near my idea of how this character should have been portrayed.

 

This is my third foray with Hewson and Shakespeare. I have listened both his Hamlet and Macbeth (written with A.J.Hartley) and they were both gripping. This time he is out on his own and this novelization of the Romeo and Juliet story (which is fiction to begin with) is driving me nuts. It is the anachronisms. It drives me crazy when a modern author endows a 15th century heroine with modern sensibilities. Extraordinary women were few and far between and Juliet was not one of them. Juliet was just another sad pawn in her father's ambitions.

 

Yes, I am sure that many think me a bit anti-feminist but really I am not. It is that I just don't think women of the 15th century had any idea what feminism was and don't like it when they are portrayed as if they did. I can't imagine Juliet as educated and reading the ancient Greeks. I can't imagine her being anything more than a dutiful daughter who learned to do exactly as she was told.

 

And yet there is no story more heart-breakingly romantic in the entire Shakespearean canon. And so, I read on,complete with Nino Rota sound-track.

 

UPDATE: Done. The end was a bit disappointing and in general, the story lacked dramatic tension.

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text 2018-08-19 19:28
Manga Classics: Romeo & Juliet!!!
Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan,William Shakespeare

The artwork is so beautiful, I just hate the story with a burning passion. I thought I could make it, since it's in Manga form but I get terrible flashbacks from highschool and nervous twitching in my eye. So dnf!!!

 
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review 2018-05-27 12:14
Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan,William Shakespeare

I’ve been reading the Manga Classics since the beginning and I really like how they bring classics to life in a new way. Especially some stories have been told so many times in so many different ways that it is difficult to bring something new to the stage (see what I did there?), and now they have branched into a new field: Shakespeare. Shakespeare has been turned into manga before (at least I believe I saw some lying in The Globe shop last year, but I haven’t read those (yet)).

They start with Romeo and Juliet, probably a logical choice but also one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays. All the original text is included, and the drawings help with understanding some of the more difficult metaphors if needed. Manga really lends itself into exaggerating personalities into caricatures (especially with characters like the nurse which already have these tendencies).

Nice artwork make a nice adaptation, but I would be looking forward to other plays which are said to come soon!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-05-06 11:52
THE JULIET CLUB by Suzanne Harper
The Juliet Club - Suzanne Harper

Delightful read of a class of teens attending the Shakespeare Scholars summer class in Verona, Italy.  There are many false steps that lead to hurt feelings turning to love. 

 

I loved this book.  Some of the students are very into Romeo and Juliet.  Some are out of their league and world.  I enjoyed the characters.  I enjoyed the repartee between them as they argue about how to answer the letters sent to Juliet for answering, which is part of their class.  I also enjoyed how the tables get turned on them all when it comes to love. 

 

Just so much fun.  I was sorry it ended.

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