Time for some more Shakespeare mini reviews! This time around, I have a pretty depressing mix: a history and two tragedies.
I picked this one up because I was eager to cross another history off my list (I seem to be enjoying them least overall). To be honest, I did like this one, but it’s been a few months and I’ve already forgotten almost everything that happened. So, good, but not memorable.
This was not an easy read. Definitely a brutal play. BUT, since I’ve now read more than half of Shakespeare’s plays, I think this lost some of it’s impact. It felt like a mashup of a few other tragedies, and I wasn’t as invested as I’ve been in some of the others. Not my least favorite, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
I’ve been saving this one, because I knew I would enjoy it. And I was right. It’s not quite King Lear or Macbeth (I think those are probably going to remain my favorites), but it was really great. I’m glad I finally got around to it. Also, kind of can’t believe I took a graduate class in Shakespeare and we didn’t read this one!
Obviously, Hamlet was my favorite of the three plays. I really enjoyed it, and it’s definitely at the top of my list. I think I’m going to watch the adaptation now (finally), because seeing Shakespeare is always a fun experience. (Well, almost always.)
What play do you think I should read next?
Check out my list to see which plays I’ve read so far.