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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
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Apr 03, 10

bookshelves: classics, read-2010, read-for-school, reviewed, books-i-own
Recommended to Kat by: my English teacher, I suppose...
Recommended for: Ariel
Read from April 01 to 03, 2010

A fast-paced, witty play set in early 20th century London. Liza and Henry are both intriguing leads, enjoyable to read about. The play is also enjoyable to read aloud as my English teacher instructed us to, though our Henry was more than a tad lackluster (i.e. drove us all mad).

Aside from the first act, the drama neatly finds ways to skip over important events and squish a brief oral synopsis of them in (often less important) scenes. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, merely helps speed it along, although the end is a bit disappointing. Rather than actually play it out, there's a long and almost preachy explanation of what happened after Act V. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing... but it reads as fluently in English to a sole English-speaker as it would in Scandinavian to the same person. Or at least French.

Overall though, an excellent read, and I can't wait to put on the play later this week.
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04/01/2010 "Hooray for good school books! Ah, it's fun to read aloud..."

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