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review 2017-04-26 07:24
New Boy - Or Othello in the Playground.
New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Tracy Chevalier

This is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series where different authors take on retellings of Shakespeare, presumably to make it more accessible.

In "New Boy" it is Othello that is under the spotlight - Tracy Chevalier moves the action to a school playground and sets it over a single day - the narrative of the play transitions really well to this environment, closed and clique - New Boy "O" arrives at an all white school and meets "Dee" - friendships form, relationships develop then one jealous and destructive lad shatters everything.

I enjoyed this - the author brings a sense of atmosphere, a special kind of tension to the storytelling, if you know the play you'll know things are not going to end well, if you don't then you'll find it utterly gripping. This is not a straightforward plot redevelop, nuances are added to fit in with the setting, the language used is cleverly insightful, casual racism, playground politics all used to great effect.

The claustrophobic school setting makes this work - this is the first of these I have read but if the other authors tackle it as well I'd like to read the others. As a Shakespeare fan I loved seeing this pan out, it was intriguing, emotive and really rather good.

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review 2017-04-21 15:49
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead / Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - Tom Stoppard

Hamlet told from the worm's-eye view of two minor characters, bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, reality and illusion mix, and where fate leads heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

 

Each of us is the star of our own life. You may be a bit part in someone else’s narrative, but in your own mind, yours is the story that matters. Or you may struggle to find meaning in your own life, like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in this play by Tom Stoppard.

Last night I attended a live broadcast of the National Theatre production, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Josh McGuire. The set was very simple and the dialog was copious and delivered rapidly. I couldn’t help but admire how well they knew their parts.

There was definitely a “Waiting for Godot” vibe to the production, as R & G wait for some kind of sign or direction as to what they are supposed to be doing.

A knowledge of Shakespeare’s Hamlet isn’t necessary to appreciate this play, but I think it enhances the viewer’s appreciation.

Recommended.

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text 2017-04-21 12:25
Reading progress update: I've read 1099 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Menenius proves himself (and Shakespeare) a master of the abusive character assassination. I mean really, was there ever anyone better at inventively insulting people? It must have been devastating to get on the wrong side of Shakespeare's wit.

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text 2017-04-20 14:44
Romeo and Juliet Companion (Includes Study Guide, Complete Unabridged Book, Historical Context, Biography, and Character Index) - BookCaps,William Shakespeare shreya khubber mind tree Apart from the storyline that has been loved since centuries, the book uses various beautiful words that adds a sparkle to the characters as well as the plot. William Shakespeare has done a great job!!! The book also gives the reader certain philosophy that we see every day but tend to ignore. In all it truly justifies the great saying "LOVE CONQUERS ALL".
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text 2017-04-20 14:44
Romeo and Juliet Companion (Includes Study Guide, Complete Unabridged Book, Historical Context, Biography, and Character Index) - BookCaps,William Shakespeare shreya khubber mind tree Apart from the storyline that has been loved since centuries, the book uses various beautiful words that adds a sparkle to the characters as well as the plot. William Shakespeare has done a great job!!! The book also gives the reader certain philosophy that we see every day but tend to ignore. In all it truly justifies the great saying "LOVE CONQUERS ALL".
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