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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
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Aug 01, 11

bookshelves: theatre, favourites, to-reread, desert-island, my-actual-bookshelf, will-read-in-2014
Read from July 26 to 30, 2011

Absolutely amazing. I'm still not sure I understood all of it, and don't know if I would even after multiple readings. Then again, it might not even be possible to understand it completely, I don't know. It seems to have even greater depths and complexities than "Hamlet", and I'm sure I'm just skimming the surface. All the characters were fascinating, though, especially Caliban. He reminded me of Frankenstein's monster, in a way, or maybe even Grendel. It would be really interesting to read something from his point of view, because I definitely got the feeling there was a lot going on in his head which was only hinted at. I'd like to see this play performed again sometime, as I'd probably get even more out of it that way than I did with just the words. It's always so different, seeing plays as opposed to just reading them, like it's a completely different work.

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