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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
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Apr 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2010, high-school-booklist, reviewed, books-i-own
Recommended to Anne Kat by: my English teacher, I suppose...
Recommended for: Ariel

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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Reading Progress

April 1, 2010 – Started Reading
April 1, 2010 – Shelved
April 1, 2010 –
0.0% "Hooray for good school books! Ah, it's fun to read aloud..."
April 3, 2010 – Shelved as: read-2010
April 3, 2010 – Shelved as: high-school-booklist
April 3, 2010 – Shelved as: reviewed
April 3, 2010 – Finished Reading
July 11, 2010 – Shelved as: books-i-own

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