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Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
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Sep 03, 10

bookshelves: classics, plays-short-stories-poetry-comic
Read from August 31 to September 03, 2010

Dude. That's the first word that comes to mind after having completed Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus." First of all, Marlowe is a sick character. Renouncing the god his society accepted, writing a play about selling your soul to the devil; and the way he portrays Faustus! I mean, you're almost rooting for him to get his wishes and spoils regardless of his nefarious personality.

The only thing that I can't help getting annoyed about is: who wrote it? I read both the A and B texts and (liking the A better), I find myself frustrated. Even in the A text there are things mentioned beyond Marlowe's time that he could not possibly have written originally. And the extended pope scene? Don't even get me started on that political pile of poop.

All in all, this play is a wonderful mystery of a text, I only wish Marlowe hadn't been murdered so young.
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message 1: by B (new) - rated it 4 stars

B back to school... thus back to thick, thick texts read in ridiculously small time frames... fuck you grad school!


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