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Macbeth by William Shakespeare
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Sep 01, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: plays, renaissance, crime
Read in September, 2008

Macbeth (1606) was a tough slog: Shakespeare’s language seemed more condensed and elliptical than ever. I think I could have read just the editor’s glosses and got as much out of the play as I did wrestling with the actual lines. The play was tiring. Tragic without let up, Macbeth offers no comic relief unless you find some macabre humor in the Weird Sisters’ recipes. It was all so dark, violent, grotesque and pointlessly confusing. None of the many and indistinguishable characters was appealing, sympathetic, or even complex enough to be interesting. Read this play only when you’re riding the crest of a manic wave.

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