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message 1: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow Man, your review is so astounding that it almost (almost!) made me appreciate Lear. You rock.


message 2: by Kelly (last edited Jun 02, 2009 11:58AM) (new)

Kelly A better compliment I could not have wished for, as I I wrote this partially with you in mind. I wanted to convince of its brilliance, so if I got anywhere close to a fraction of that, I'm happy, thank you. :)

And speaking of Shakespeare's plays that we have opposed views on, I just finished the season of Slings&Arrows where they do Macbeth, and it definitely made me see what you meant about walking out of Macbeth with the world being a little dimmer- I've definitely come to be more affected by that point of view. Thank you for articulating it.


message 3: by Werner (new)

Werner Kelly, I've never read this play all the way through or seen it performed; but from what I've heard and read about it, I thought you analyzed the psychological and social dynamics going on there really well. You made me want to go back and read the whole play sometime!


message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thank you, Werner, I appreciate you taking the time to say that. I hope you do try it again! It is the wonderful thing about Shakespeare, of course, that we can keep trying it at different points in our lives and find something entirely new!


message 5: by Steve (last edited Aug 16, 2009 12:38AM) (new)

Steve Kelly, this is a beautiful breakdown that really focuses on the human factor – in what can sometimes seem the most merciless of Shakespeare’s plays. But I’m somewhat haunted by last encounter w/ Lear via the Peter Brook’s version.


message 6: by Bram (new)

Bram This is really great, Kelly. There are so many things to grab onto with this play, so many avenues to explore. It's an amazing work.


message 7: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thank you Bram! It really is so difficult to write about this play. There's just no way to encompass it all and I always feel like I'm not doing it justice.


message 8: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Great review! Such good insight and a wonderful breakdown of it. This is my favorite Shakespeare.


message 9: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks! Its become one of my favorites as well over the past few years, surpassing even my deep love for Hamlet and some of the comedies. It's probably the most geniunely Tragic work (in its traditional sense) that I can think of.


message 10: by s.penkevich (last edited Feb 21, 2012 04:42AM) (new)

s.penkevich Kelly wrote: "Thanks! Its become one of my favorites as well over the past few years, surpassing even my deep love for Hamlet and some of the comedies. It's probably the most geniunely Tragic work (in its tradit..."

Quite Tragic at that! Cordelia. What a cool name. Any chance you have seen Kurosawa's film Ran? It's an epic samurai take on King Lear, well worth the viewing (as is anything Kurosawa).


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I haven't! I have it on the queue, but I keep making shallow choices to watch other things in front of it. I am going to get to it soon though! Thanks for reminding me.


message 12: by G.Moorthy (new)

G.Moorthy Yes its absolutely poignant to know the truth behind the falsehood of life


message 13: by Kelly (new)

Kelly True!


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