Derek Jacobi looking rather old for a teenage Hamlet
I found Hamlet rather difficult to follow. Few stage directions meant I couldn’t tell what the characters were supposed to be doing physically and all nuance of emotion was lost. (Earnest words or sarcasm? Genuine cruelty or pushing someone away for their own good?) About halfway through I decided to watch the BBC’s 1980 adaptation starring Patrick Stewart and Derek Jacobi on YouTube while reading at the same time.
Continue reading The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, and David Tennant on playing him
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For this project I figured I would need plenty of notes to understand the text from a reliable source. To keep costs down I looked at buying a complete works. Two editions were available: one produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Norton Shakespeare. Since there were no previews for either edition, I went by popularity. The former won the battle for my cash.
Continue reading Project Shakespeare: The RSC William Shakespeare Complete Works
Aim: To read as much Shakespeare as I can handle.
For my SATs (age 12-14) we studied Romeo and Juliet and though we watched a few adaptations, Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes is the one which stuck. Gnomeo and Juliet was a good introduction for smaller children.
Continue reading Project Shakespeare
As it’s the beginning of the academic year, I’ve been looking at free online courses and educational resources for readers, writers, gamers and web surfers (mostly on online security). Continue reading Free Online Literary Courses for Readers and Writers (starting Sep/Oct 2014)
- St George’s Day
- World Book and Copyright Day – the date chosen due to the number of prominent author births and deaths
- National Shakespeare Day (circa his birthday & death day)
- Vladimir Nabokov’s birthday (author of Lolita)
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s death (author of Don Quixote)
These all fall on April 23.
To celebrate, I plan to read William Shakespeare‘s The Merchant of Venice. He’s English, it’s his birthday, and it’s a book – I’m covering all the bases!
And just because I lurve dragons (sorry, George), I’m throwing in Never Deal with Dragons (DRACIM #1) by Lorenda Christensen.
Continuing on from What Reading Means to Me, Part I: The Early Years.
Secondary school (age 11-16) introduced me to the classics. Well, tragic classics:
The last was a stark lesson in the importance of treating people well, how you’d want to be treated, to avoid being responsible for harmful repercussions of my actions experienced by others.
But it wasn’t until I studied for my A-levels (age 16-18), after choosing English Literature and Psychology, that reading really changed me.
Continue reading What Reading Means to Me, Part II: The Teenage Years