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text 2017-09-23 11:29
Reading progress update: I've read 1191 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Cloten is praised to his face and mocked behind his back. The allegedly "excellent" Posthumus makes a stupid wager...

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text 2017-09-21 17:55
Reading progress update: I've read 1188 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

So the King's only daughter married a commoner instead of doing as her father wished and taking own step brother. The Queen and courtiers support her but all lie to the King about it. Her husband and step-brother have a sword fight before her husband goes to Rome in exile. Also, her two brothers were mysteriously abducted when they were infants and have never been heard of since and...that's enough for one scene!

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text 2017-09-17 14:19
Reading progress update: I've read 1187 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

The Folio edition of Lear represents the results of adaptation from the Quarto version, in response to performance, according to the editors, and is printed separately and in full. Overall it is shorter and the cuts had the effect of making Lear's descent into madness less convincing to me.

 

Cymbeline, next. Beginning to feel finishing line fever but there's still three whole plays to go!

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text 2017-09-16 12:47
Reading progress update: I've read 1180 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Oh noes! Cordelia and Lear have been captured!

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text 2017-09-15 12:29
Reading progress update: I've read 1179 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

In Act 4 everything gets very complicated, very fast, with betrayals, deaths and changes of heart. We also see a brief return to the kind of sadistic cruelty not seen in a Shakespeare play since Titus Andronicus.

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