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As You Like It by William Shakespeare
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Dec 07, 08

bookshelves: plays, classics, humour
Read in January, 2005, read count: 1

I'll admit right a way that what I love about Shakespeare are his tragedies. I love the darkness of his plots, the violence of his action, the depths to which the human soul will plummet. So when I picked up AS YOU LIKE IT, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much. I expected it to be an oaty-float light bit of whimsy.

I wasn't far off. Being Shakespeare, there's a lot more to it than that, of course. It's beautifully written and pretty political. I love the idea of a kingdom living out in the woods, Robin Hood-like. Shakespeare has fun with swapping characters around and making them act how you wouldn't expect. But, in the end, this is a little too light for my tastes.
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