This play was our set text for GCSE; our teacher polled the class, giving us a choice between this & another Shakespeare—whatever the other was, I voted for that. I didn‘t want to study a woman being tamed by a man. &, outvoted, I loathed every line. Loathed even more that no critique was encouraged of the misogyny-laden text. We were supposed to accept the brilliance of a man‘s portrayal of a woman being broken, to revel in the humour of it. ...
Nothing makes #Shakespeare come alive like seeing it performed in person. A local troupe was performing the tagged play in the middle of a local park in #Brooklyn. So fun...and funny despite the play having some serious misogynistic undertones. Petrucio was played by a local pro wrestler and he was incredible! 😂💃🏻📜
Makes me want to read more of the Bard. What‘s your fave?
Book #22: A new year meant that I was off to the races to try and get as many books read as I could. Often this means reading the most accessible (meaning books I already have) and shortest books I can find on the list. In this instance it meant catching up on the Shakespearean plays on the lists because there is a ton of them. Personally, I am not...
The #MayMadness challenge starts next week, so I‘ll be getting my week one stack together shortly.
Here are my recommendations for week ones “Book to TV/Movie Adaptation” theme. Have any of you read these books, or watched the adaptations? Which ones your favourite on the list?
#Recommendsday #MayMadness @RadicalReader @Clwojick
Congrats @LittleBug on the milestone & thanks for the #litfluencegiveaway !
1. In bed or parked in my car with the windows down on a cool, breezy day.
2. Usually by author
3. My heart is at the library! But when I do go to a bookstore, it's almost always Half Price Books!
I'd pick classics, because Taming of the Shrew is my favorite by the Bard, & I've always wanted to read the other two but still haven't.
Wonderfully led discussion by merelybookish (when tagging is available I‘ll properly tag you) in the #ShakespeareReadAlong.
This play left me feeling rather flat and sad to see the changes wrought in Kate by a male dominated society. Meant to be a comedy, there were portions that rather horrified me and I didn‘t laugh like I hoped I would. Best part of reading this book: the discussions with the readalong group!
I am trying out #readercoin which is an app that let's you listen to audios and get rewarded by doing so. You get a point for every 10 mins and you can use those points for items or pay outs. It seems pretty cool so far, and a great way to tackle the classics. So I have loaded up on Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes.
If you would like to try it out you can use my code, Michevsv , and get 50 points to start out with.
All right #shakespearereadalong friends, we've reached the end. And again, Liz's puzzled face says it all.
In Act V, we learn that K. Is the superior wife because she obliges her husband. We also get a gross speech on wifely behavior from Kat.
I cry foul that Christopher Sly does not reappear!! Will K's marriage be happier than B's?
Do our true natures out in the end?
Overall, better performed on stage, I expect. What are your final thoughts?
One of the repeat reads for #ShakespeareReadAlong where I dislike the play more than the first time. It feels harsh & cynical; the humour forced. Not an outright pan because the concepts of identity & disguise & how that exerts force on a character are compelling. But it's hard to read this as a farce when you come to the final monologue on wifeliness. I can only read it "straight"(?) & I'm not impressed. This is one of his early works & it shows.
I‘ve seen this one preformed before, and fully enjoyed the banter and comedy in it, reading it now though for the first time as an adult...well in the current age of ‘me too‘ and equality for all, it was a bit more disappointing, especially considering some of the bard‘s other writing.
I‘m looking forward to seeing what the group made of this ending next week. #ShakespeareReadAlong
Time for the #Shakespearereadalong Act IV discussion. Liz pretty much sums up my feelings about this act. ? Or as Curtis says, "he is more shrew than she." Also, bully, ass, abuser. K is broken and it's hard to read. But beyond P's cruelty, it's a long act. A few things that stood out
1) We get secondhand accounts of both relationships. What do they offer?
2) We get a soliquey from P but still no access to K's inner thoughts. ?
Here is some of my July TBR list.... the top 2 are ongoing buddy reads, then 1 from the library, 2 new releases, and 1 Chunkster I‘m looking forward to reading with the Litsy group later this month. This is just the ebook pile, not the physical or audiobooks, somehow I got behind in June and I need to use this month very wisely and try to get myself back on track. 😱 #JulyTBR
#Shakespearereadalong Act III recap with Dick sporting Petruchio's ridiculous wedding outfit and Liz/Kate looking gorgeous, of course.
Two scenes this time, two forms of romance.
Is there more to Bianca than originally thought? Is she having fun with her wooers?
What IS up with Petruchio's behaviour? Is there a method to his madness?
Is there any hope for Kate? She seemed somewhat resigned to her fate.
And what has become of Christopher Sly?
Shakespeare and swim lessons.
Time for #shakespearereadalong discussion of Act II, hosted by Bianca and her suitors.
Recap: Katherina is mean to her sister. Petruchio and Katherina meet, spar, and get engaged (without K's consent), and then the suitors bid for Bianca.
Thoughts: Why is K so mean to her sister? The verbal sparring between P and K is fun to read but also feel like K is screwed. No one cares what she wants. The ending shows how marriage is all about the 💰💰
I‘ll be on the road much of tomorrow, on my way to the beach (yay!) but I‘ll chime in whenever I have cell service or WiFi. #shakespearereadalong
💋”And kiss me Kate, we will be married a‘Sunday” 💋
I loved the word battle in Act Two! Of course in whirlwind Shakespearean fashion....we now have a wedding. I was surprised when Baptista told Petruchio he first needs Kate‘s love before he can marry her. Their battle of the wits ensues and bam! schedule the wedding?
So far I‘m enjoying the play but have a few questions and thoughts I can‘t wait to discuss w the group! #ShakespeareReadAlong
#bookandlunch #lunchtimereading #shakespearereadalong
I‘m just getting started on this play. I‘ve never read it before though I LOVE the modern adaptation ‘10 Things I Hate About You‘!! I haven‘t seen it in awhile. Maybe time to rewatch!
#Shakespearereadalong Act I discussion with Liz and Dick.
Thoughts on the Induction, our framing narrative? A good jest or did you feel bad for Christopher Sly? How does it affect your perception of the play within the play?
Act I: lots of men talking mostly about women. We get more role switching. Kat gets a few lines of dialogue. Bianca even fewer. Petruchio shows up. Is there anything to distinguish him from the other men? Anyone annoyed yet?
Our #shakespearereadalong of Taming of the Shrew kicks off this week! Everyone welcome!
Please share your thoughts of Shakespeare's version of ye age old battle of the sexes. And be sure to tag me in your posts. Let's meet back here Saturday to discuss The Induction and Act I.
Found exactly the copy I wanted for the #shakepearereadalong at the library sale! I love these Folger Library editions.
Anybody else want to show off their edition of Taming the Shrew?
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