Shakespeare IS for everyone.
His plays, specially this one, are short (and intense).
You don’t have to understand it ALL, but chances are you will be shocked, challenged, amused, puzzled, intrigued, called to reflection, by that which you read and understand.
I chose to read it with a group of other moms, and that’s best, because they are real people, and there is not a right or a wrong, but our own thoughts and reactions reading the Bard.
I like Folger’s Edition (inexpensive) because the left hand side has notes. You may want to read the text on the right first, without interruptions, or read the notes before, or after… it’s nice having those notes to your disposition.
Macbeth says this about life, after his wife has died,
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
I disagree. This is life to HIM who has no God, who chose evil. This passage is beautiful and poetic, it sums up Macbeth’s way of viewing life and living life. When we choose sin, we fall into a spiral that has ramifications and devastating consequences for us and those around us too.
This morning, as I woke up to clean yet more poop and pee from both dogs who are getting old (one of them), and horrible (they are peeing constantly, and pooping too, and they are surely trying my nerves in the process), and as I woke up to the whines of someone in my family, I snapped… I was looking for comforting words and appreciation the wrong way and in the process, the rest of my family picked up on my mood. The good news is that it takes little for all of us to apologize to each other and change our attitude. They three left to watch some sort of action movie everybody is crazy about, and I am enjoying a reading time to myself.
I don’t seem to finish this book, and read I do. I like to have a non fiction title like this that it’s quite amusing. Through scents and smell, the author takes us on a trip through history, uncovering biases, racial arguments, false beliefs, breakthroughs, and what not… the names and historical events that are mentioned surprise me, Henry VIII, Cleopatra, Arden, Chanel, a Maime, a Jewish prostitute who left us her life memories in her journals… It’s one of my favorite books of 2015.
And the last title for today is Flatland. (Thanks Kathy) This is a short book but full of interesting concepts and humor. Interesting to note that Abbott published it under a pseudonym, since he was a reputed literature and theology scholar, specialized in Shakespeare, and did not want this short extravaganza to tarnish his credibility in his expertise field.
I’ll let you know my thoughts as soon as I finish reading it.
And I’m still working on Moby Dick and some other ongoing titles with the girls and by myyself. Back to Classics is a nice challenge, with only 10 books to read, but I don’t know if I’ll meet it or not… and at this point I’m fine, all I want it’s to keep that list as a good reference.
What have you been reading?