For me, Arcadia was quick but enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Stoppard surprised me with every turn of the page. He made me laugh and think of sFor me, Arcadia was quick but enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Stoppard surprised me with every turn of the page. He made me laugh and think of several other works of literature I've read, including A Room With A View and Paradise Lost.
Stoppard's dialogue was very readable. He did an excellent job of creating characters. I found myself endeared to many of them. I will admit that at times the plot got confusing. I'd really like to see this on stage at some point. However, Stoppard raised some interesting questions which I'll be thinking about for quite a while.
At some point I hope to add some more complete thoughts on this play. However, if you are at all intrigued by the description, give it a chance. It's worth a read....more
This was my first Oscar Wilde, and I have to say that I read it more quickly than I would have liked. I was trying to finish it before my Vic Lit bookThis was my first Oscar Wilde, and I have to say that I read it more quickly than I would have liked. I was trying to finish it before my Vic Lit book club (which I did) and I think later, I will wish I had spent more time reading the play and enjoying Wilde's writing. This is definitely something which I want to own and re-read, and it really made me want to explore more Oscar Wilde.
A lot of people probably think "homosexual undertones/overtones" when they're reading Oscar Wilde's work, but that wasn't necessarily true of this play. It's definitely a satire, but I think it also has a somewhat macabre tone to it.
That said, I actually laughed out loud while I was reading this play. Wilde has written some really entertaining characters into this play. In terms of of Lady Windemere, I thought that the reader could sympathize with her because of the way all of the other characters treated her. I think one of the most important aspects of reading this novel is remembering that it is a very different context than today in terms of feminism.
Definitely a great read. If you're interested in reading more Wilde, check this out....more
Having already read Chekhov's Ivanov, I founded myself comparing the two as a bit and enjoying this play more. It's about a family who is losing theirHaving already read Chekhov's Ivanov, I founded myself comparing the two as a bit and enjoying this play more. It's about a family who is losing their wealth and needs to sell their cherry orchard, and I thought that was much more relatable than the story of Ivanov.
The one thing that I really enjoyed about this play was the sense of memory that I got while I was reading it. I think Chekhov did a good job of showing why this place was important to the family. I got a sense that there was a lot of sorrow about losing the orchard, but in some ways he very much incorporated the hope for the future which I enjoyed. Overall I'd say it's a really good story about family and we hold certain places dear to us. My only complaint is that at times the names got a bit confusing....more
ON the whole I enjoyed reading this play. Although it's a sad sotry, I think it's one of great significance, particularly considering the time when itON the whole I enjoyed reading this play. Although it's a sad sotry, I think it's one of great significance, particularly considering the time when it was written. I read it for class and our professor had us read some short articles on psychology, particularly relating to happiness, and I think both of those are very important themes here. I think it's a play that is still important today in terms of what it says about marriage.
I thought the writing and the characterization was very good and that the length was appropriate. The ending was very fitting....more
I enjoyed this play enough, but it certainly wasn't my favorite. I thought the plot was good. I thought the book raised interesting questions about faI enjoyed this play enough, but it certainly wasn't my favorite. I thought the plot was good. I thought the book raised interesting questions about faith and taking things at face value. I only really thought the writing was especially good in a couple of places, I found some of the characters a bit difficult to relate to. Thre's also one speculation about the title which I find interesting. At one point Hermione asks her son to tell a story and some people believe that this would be the story he'd have told. I also thought the play was a bit similar to Beauty and the Beast in that there seems to be points whre Leontes trusts no one yet by the end of the play it's everyone else, not himself, who have led to the play's conclusion.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this play and I'm glad I did, it's just not one that stuck with me as much....more
I thought this play was good and presented readers with interesting questions to contemplate, but I didn't love it. It's definitely a challenging readI thought this play was good and presented readers with interesting questions to contemplate, but I didn't love it. It's definitely a challenging read in that it forces to readers contemplate if we're simply filling time before we die and if all we ever do is put meaning on things. I think this is a difficult question because who really wants to think that their life is that insignificant, and who likes wondering why they're even alive?
At any rate, I found the play humorous, but I feel like it will be even more funny to see it in person. I think it's hard to get the pace of the witty banter just reading it. In about two weeks, I'm seeing a performance of it with Ian McKellan an Patrick Stewart, which I'm very excited for!
EDIT: After seeing this play, I feel the need to upgrade my rating to 4 stars. I enjoyed it seeing it a good deal more than reading it. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan were brilliant and just like an old married couple. Seeing it really helped me to appreciate the paly so much more....more
This play probably ties with Twelfth Night for my favorite Shakespeare play of those that I've read. The concept of people constantly mixing up two twThis play probably ties with Twelfth Night for my favorite Shakespeare play of those that I've read. The concept of people constantly mixing up two twins and this wreaking lots of havoc may not be the most advanced ever, but Shakespeare plays it out really well here.
This play lives up to its status in the comedy of category. I found the humor very situational, and at times couldn't help but laugh at the irony of the characters' circumstances.
I also thought that the characterization was quite well done here. The reader actually does get a fair amount of insight into Adriana's marriage with Antipholus of Ephesus and her feelings. I felt that I also got good insight into why things were happening because Shakespeare partially develops these charactesr by talking about the problems (and their anxieties regarding them) which they need to eliminate to avoid being arrested.
I also thought this play was a quick read over all. I thought that the characters kept the reader engaged, as did the plot. It left me wanting to know what happened. Even if this play is a comedy, I think there's lots of other good reasons to enjoy it!...more
I can only give this play three stars because I didn't particularly care for the actual play itself and thought it was rather mysogynistic. I realizeI can only give this play three stars because I didn't particularly care for the actual play itself and thought it was rather mysogynistic. I realize that this is part of the point of the play, but I just found it to be an agonizing read. I think it is okay to understand an author or playwright's point but still dislike it or not appreciate the way it is carried out.
However, I am interested in the academic discussions surrounding it such as what is taming and what is teaching and how this soicalizes and civilizes us etc. It's an interesting play to discuss, but I'm not a fan of the actual content....more