Monday, January 26, 2009

Blogging Book Goal- Book #4

For my fourth book, I read The Merchant of Venice, by the honorable Mr. William Shakespeare.

Now, I have read SOME Shakespeare (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet,) and I liked each story.

And each time, I try to buy it in the Side-by-side version, with Shakespeare on the left side of a page spread, and modern English translation on the right. This helps me to keep moving at a good pace, if, say, like any other human being, you don't know what the heck he's talking about.

I will just glance to the right, reread it in English, and then revert to the original work in Shakespearean English.

AND you can't beat the 6-7 dollars a book. That's a great deal! Especially for such a well known work of written art. Now, you can get compilations of his work for 20-30 dollars (which, yes, would technically save you money,) but I don't like reading out of such a bulky books, and most of those don't have the translation.

Right. So, I read the Merchant of Venice in three sittings. It was interesting, it involved intrigue and romance, and of course, the ever famous wit.

It doesn't paint a very pretty picture of Jews though.

Ian thinks that maybe Shakespeare was Anti-Semitic.

I said Oi.

In conclusion, good book, funny wit, familiar story.

Familiar, you ask? Why, yes. I have heard the Adventures in Odyssey on it many MANY times. What? I haven't talked to you about Adventures in Odyssey? More to come on that later.

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