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Bérénice by Jean Racine
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Aug 06, 2010

really liked it

The play itself is a tragedy, written by the great French playwright, Jean Racine. The play was first perforemed in 1670. The short version: Titus must choose between his duty as Roman leader to his love for Berenice. He ends up choosing Rome and loses the woman whom he loves.

Of special interest to me? I read this as a text in a French literature class when I was an undergraduate student. I love reading my comments in the margins. Seemingly, I understood a lot! However, I am not able to read French as I used to, so I find myself smiling at my once fairly substantial command of French as compared to my much diminished awareness of the language now.

Nonetheless, a fine tragedy by one of France's better tragedians.

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