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Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
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Dec 13, 2009

bookshelves: classics

Julius Caesar, like many other works of famous literature by Shakespeare, is one of those books that everyone has to read at one point or another. It's a play that is considered to be a classic, like most of Shakespeare's works, and was a fairly decent book. The language used by the characters and the writing style were very outdated, but this was actually a book that was a decent read. Julius Caesar by Shakespeare was better than I expected it to be and was also a fairly good book.

The plot of Julius Caesar helped to keep the story moving fairly well. Basically the story of how Caesar is murdered and the events that happen afterwards, the plot sticks fairly close to history, but adds elements in to make it more interesting. Also, since this was written as a play, the story doesn't have boring drop off points and does a fairly decent job of keeping the reader interested throughout the story. It was a little like a soap opera towards the end, when everyone started killing themselves. People were pretty weird back in the day.

While the characters were not very well explained in the book, the way Shakespeare had them speaking made you imagine what they could generally look like. Very vague character descriptions were used probably to ease the burden of finding an actor for the part. That way you could find a good actor and not worry what they looked like.

Julius Caesar is another of the books that are part of the big list of "classics". Everyone reads them eventually, and you usually have to like them or everyone thinks you're weird. Julius Caesar was actually a fairly good book though. Even though I'm not a fan of Shakespeare, I moderately enjoyed this book. The writing style is the one thing that will keep many people away form this book though, as it is extremely hard to understand at times. Other than that, the book is alright.

209 pages

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