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Macbeth by William Shakespeare
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Oct 15, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: celebrity-death-match, life-is-shakespeare
Read in January, 1974

For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Macbeth (30) versus 1984 (22)


... and now over to Northern Airstrip One, where Macduffian freedom fighters and our East Asian allies are close to encircling the Eurasian-backed dictator Macbeth's last stronghold. We have a journalist reporting live now from just outside Dunsinane Castle.

[Windswept Scottish Highlands scene. JOURNALIST in combat gear in foreground, camouflaged soldiers carrying branches behind him. Sound of automatic weapons fire]


Macduff has made a bold move here and it's really paid off. Guerilla forces are already in the outskirts of Dunsinane and they're clearly not meeting much resistance. I think it'll all be over soon, maybe even tonight.


Any sign of Eurasian reinforcements?


No, I think the Eurasians have decided this is hopeless. They're being pushed back everywhere and this isn't the best place to make a stand. Wait, I've just heard that Macduff himself is entering the...



We are at war with East Asia. We have always been at war with East Asia. And now over to Northern Airstrip One, where East Asia-backed Macdufficist terrorists are fighting a losing battle against our ally President Macbeth. We have a journalist reporting live now from inside Macbeth's HQ.

[Inside castle. SECOND JOURNALIST in combat gear in foreground, people in uniforms with a lot of gold braid in background. Sounds of fighter jets and explosions]


Macbeth has made a bold move here and it's really paid off. He's lured the Macdufficists into a trap, and they're being mopped up by loyalist forces backed by Oceanian air strikes. Wait, I've just heard that Macduff himself has been killed. It's all over.

[A SOLDIER enters with MACDUFF's head]


... behold, where stands
The usurper's cursed head: the time is free:
I see thee compass'd with Oceania's pearl,
That speak my salutation in their minds;
Whose voices I desire aloud with mine:
Hail, President of Scotland!

Match point: Macbeth
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Manny Thank you! Though five minutes after posting it, I realized that it could just as easily have been scored as a win for 1984. The two works have a certain amount in common...

message 2: by Ben (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ben How do I vote for 1984? Is this the finals? What round are you in?! No time, time!

message 3: by Lynne (last edited Oct 07, 2015 11:30AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lynne King To me, anyone who attempts to write a "review" on a classic such as Shakespeare deserves a medal. He/she is so unique that he/she is, as far as I am concerned - c'est comme ça.

Manny Thank you Lynne! I'm sorry you missed the Great Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament... there were many efforts like this one :) I think a good two-thirds of the reviews are still around, though some, alas, have disappeared...

Lynne King Manny, What was this Great Celebrity Death Match? Did I miss something really good?

Manny The story starts here. If you follow the links, I think it will soon become apparent how much fun it was :)

message 7: by Lynne (last edited Oct 07, 2015 11:58AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lynne King We are talking about books here, yes?

Well I've been around awhile and have read rather a lot of books and my favourite has to be Lawrence Durrell with the Alexandria Quartet. Exquisite and I don't care to oppose anybody's opinion but that's it, c'est comme ça. That's the end of the argument...

message 8: by Manny (last edited Oct 07, 2015 12:15PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Manny I would also rate the Alexandria Quartet very highly, though I think I liked A Dance to the Music of Time even more... I read Durrell's series twice, but Powell's four times. But, de gustibus non disputandum est...

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