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!

5 comments:

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!!

Vishy 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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