30 Jan 2012
Welp I fail the Shakespeare challenge. I decided to read The Tempest for Allie’s Shakespeare reading month but I just don’t think I am going to finish it before the 10th. Maybe I will but even if I do, I don’t have much to say about it.
It started out well enough. The writing is strikingly beautiful in some places (see above) but the further I got into The Tempest the more apparent it became that this was a very visual work and reading alone just was not capturing it for me. I read Hamlet last year and love it. But that was a more psychological play, it transfers well into the written word. The Tempest on the other hand is all about a magical island, sprites, an animalistic man, a magician, storms, fools wandering the island in wonder…It’s about visuals and sounds and the experience. There is much singing and dancing, and all of that is lost on the page. Plus, I just don’t find myself very interested in any of the characters, except maybe Caliban.
There have been a lot of GREAT Shakespeare posts coming through my reader and I really enjoyed reading them. But now, I am feeling positively Shakespeare-d out. I still have Richard the III and A Winter’s Tale on my shelf and I look forward to reading those but down the road quite a ways, maybe in the summer.
In other reading news, I am about 500 pages into Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley. I am enjoying it but it is a little slow going. The namesake of the book does not even come into it until about page 300! Shirley is a leisurely stroll, much less eventful than Jane Eyre or even Villette, but one I want to finish because I definitely want to know how it ends. Shirley is one to read from my preparing for The Madwoman in the Attic list. I’m making some good progress on that (the list is on my 2012 Challenges page) and would like to maybe read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall next. But I might have to break up the Bronte-athon will something modern. Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is eyeing me from the shelf and, something completely different, Mary Shelley’s The Last Man is tempting me.
Now all 5 books I have mentioned in this post are either new purchases or ebooks. NONE are from my original classics collection. *head-desk* I should really get back to those books and start ticking some of the 199 off! Or, I should at least be reading from my To Be Read in 2012 challenge list! But I’m just not in the mood for those, except maybe some Oscar Wilde..he actually sounds fun right now.
So kind of fail all around on what I originally planned to read but it may be better just to let go and travel where the books take me.