Saturday, August 27, 2011

Reading Shakespeare

"In nature's infinite book of secrecy
a little I can read - Soothsayer"

That's right. I am doing the unimaginable; reading a Shakespearean play. I don't even know how I got here. It started when I read two German books in one night, desperately wanting to read something English next. And I have always wanted to read a real play. Two days alone at home (no one to disturb me, no errands to run) seems like the best time; the coffee and rain being added advantages.

So, here I am, reading the Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. Why this play? Firstly, I wanted to read a tragedy and I wasn't too keen on reading Romeo and Juliet, somehow. A few years ago my sister forced me to watch a documentary on Cleopatra, and I remember being completely fascinated, in spite of myself. There isn't anything not fascinating about Roman history, anyway.

I haven't ever read any plays and this isn't particularly easy for a first-time-play-reader. But although finishing it seems like a terrifyingly daunting task, I do love what I am reading right now. I'll get back to you once I'm done!


Tanya said...

I've read the popular works of Shakespeare, thus not this one but that guy is really good, no matter what.

Priya said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I always avoid reading the most popular works of famous writers first, because then you raise your expectations to a rarely attainable level!! If I do like this, which I know I will, I'll move on to the famous plays!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I haven't read this one even though I've read many of his works. Have fun!

Priya said...

It's funny, I actually thought Antony and Cleopatra was pretty popular too! Anyway, thanks! I am having fun!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to know that you are reading 'Antony and Cleopatra'! I haven't read it in the original, but have read Charles and Mary Lamb's retelling of it. Hope you enjoy reading it. Shakespeare rocks, doesn't he :) Happy Reading!

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