Thumbs up for Julius Caesar (No Fear Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare. Drama.
I’ve never read, nor watched Julius Caesar, and it seemed like a good addition to the other Roman historical fiction I’ve been wallowing in. Reading it was an illuminating experience, as throughout I kept thinking: “Oh, that’s where that quote is from!” And this is indeed a damnably quotable play – now one of my favorites, I think.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Play.
Every line a stroke of brilliance.
Lady Bracknell. Well, I must say, Algernon, that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die. This shilly-shallying with the question is absurd. Nor do I in any way approve of the modern sympathy with invalids. I consider it morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others. Health is the primary duty of life. I am always telling that to your poor uncle, but he never seems to take much notice…as far as any improvement in his ailment goes. I should be much obliged if you would ask Mr.
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Thumbs up for The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge. Play.
Once, many years ago, a bearded gentleman wearing a tweed jacket with patches on the elbows shaghaied me semi-randomly in a bookstore and waxed rhapsodic for far too long about the plays of J. M. Synge, who was apparently God’s gift to man. That was before Google included a spellcheck, so when I dutifully and unsuccessfully searched for the work of “J.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Play.
Reading a little Irish drama right now, because that totally substitutes for going to Ireland – ha, ha. Yes, I liked this play. The prose epilogue made me scratch my head – this is a play, so what good does the epilogue do? Isn’t it obvious that of course Eliza will marry Freddy, and of course they will struggle?… >> Read more