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September Book Reviews

All I've been reading lately is stuff for school D:

Title: Oedipus Rex
Author: Sophocles
Genre: play, tragedy, drama
Rating: 2/5
Summary: Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother.
My thoughts: School read. I thought this was really boring to read. Oedipus was an obnoxious character and few of the others were much better. It was over the top to me, though I think it would be more enjoyable to see than to read.

Title: Othello
Author: William Shakespeare
Genre: play, drama
Rating: 2/5
Summary: Othello tells the story of a Moorish general in command of the armed forces of Venice, who earns the enmity of his ensign Iago by passing him over for a promotion. Partly for revenge and partly out of pure evil, Iago plots to convince Othello that Desdemona, his wife, has been unfaithful to him.
My thoughts: School read. Again, quite boring to read and as it was Shakespeare, difficult to understand at times. I didn't like Othello at all but I quite liked Desdemona and Iago's wife. Frankly, this read like a soap opera, but I'd like to see it because I think I'd enjoy it more then.

Title: Tartuffe
Author: Moliere
Genre: play, comedy, satire
Rating: 4/5
Summary: The religious fraud Tartuffe has wormed his way into the affections and household of rich merchant, Orgon, with pantomime piety and counterfeit zeal. So comprehensively has he hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to succeed in driving away the son, marrying the daughter, seducing the wife and imprisoning Orgon.
My thoughts: School read. I actually really enjoyed this. I really liked Dorine and the brother-in-law, they were both great, dynamic characters. It was a very amusing read and I'd like to see it because I'm sure it would be even better.

Title: Ishmael: An Adventure of Mind and Spirit
Author: Daniel Quinn
Genre: philosophy, spiritual, social commentary
Rating: 2/5
Summary: So begins Ishmael, an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure, which redefines what it is to be human. And thus, we are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. 'Does the earth belong to man?' Ishmael asks, 'Or does man belong to the earth?'
My thoughts: School read. So many times I just wanted to throw this book out the window. I hate the style in which it is written, there is no characterization, and in general I found it dull. It had some interesting points and insights but it just couldn't hold my interest after I'd put it down. I think it's a book that for most people is one that they will love it or hate it, there's very little middle ground.


It's always interesting to read your opinions on books.
Thank you :)

March 2019



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