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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)

ANCHORMAN:

... 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]

JOURNALIST:

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.

ANCHORMAN:

Any sign of Eurasian reinforcements?

JOURNALIST:

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 HAVE A TECHNICAL PROBLEM. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET

ANCHORMAN:

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]

SECOND JOURNALIST:

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]

SOLDIER:

... 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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