Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2019 - Year of Shakespeare



The Classic Club and Rachel @ Hibernators Library have joined forces in order to read Shakespeare. There are two options here; to read all his plays over a three year period or read one comedy, one tragedy and one history play over the course of a 3-4 month period.

A short survey from the Classic Club showed that Rachel's idea is very popular. Rachel will host the first trimester - the comedies. She is aiming for 4 of them, but I think I will have enough struggle to read one.  Erica @ The Broken Spine has offered to co-host the tragedies with Rachel which are planned for September - December. Histories for May - August will also be hosted by Rachel, who is on a look-out for a co-host. You will find all the information under the links above.

If this is turning out well, the Classic Club might extent the challenge into 2020 and beyond.

My own choices for one of his plays in each category are:

Comedy - The Taming of the Shrew
History - King John
Tragedy - Hamlet

Slightly hoping they are not too long. If so, I might change the titles later on. Since we are already in January, I better get started with The Taming of the Shrew. It is also on my spin list for the Classic Club so here I can hit two birds with one stone.

6 comments:

  1. This does seem a great project. I will try to figure I I can participate

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    1. For me it is really a 'great' project in two senses. A great author, but I am not use to read Shakespeare or this kind of literature and I find it difficult. Might be too big for me, but I will try at least.

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  2. Mmmmmmm, Hamlet. I really enjoy Taming of the Shrew too.

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    1. I have a feeling 'Taming of the Shrew' is an easier read. I choose Hamlet since I live more or less opposite his castle in Helsingor. And, of course, it is one of Shakespeare's most famous play I think.

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  3. Good luck with your plays, I’m hoping to get to The Tempest.

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    1. Good luck with it. I have a feeling it is one of his more 'fantasy' plays?

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