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The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
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Jan 12, 2012

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** spoiler alert ** Not the best of Shakespeare, but amusing in its awkwardness (and a quick read due to the length!) - mistaken identities, two sets of twins, a wife thinking her husband is cheating, missing money and goods - a recipe for disaster! To add to the drama, the father of the one set of twins is sentenced to death unless someone can pay for his release...enter his long lost son! As with all Shakespeare's comedies, the good ended well, happily. I would say that the bad ended...not well, but there weren't really any bad characters...

Having recently finished "Will in the World", I noticed what Greenblatt mentioned - people in the 16th century had no horror of watching an execution; which I knew for the most part, but in The Comedy of Errors it is mentioned as something to do of an afternoon!

I'm glad I've now read it, as I'm seeing it on the 11th of February!

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