wrap up: November 2020

  1. Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
  2. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare ★★★★★ | review to come
  3. Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare ★★★☆☆
  4. Richard III by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
  5. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue ★★★★☆ | review
  6. The Butcher’s Blessing by Ruth Gilligan ★★★★☆ | review to come


Favorite: The Merchant of Venice
Least favorite: The Sonnets and Poems

Yeah, I’m… not really sure what happened this month. I did finish the Complete Works of Shakespeare so THERE IS THAT but yeah, completely dropped the ball otherwise. I have a LONG list of books I want to get through in December so… watch this space, hopefully it will be busier than it has been.

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5 thoughts on “wrap up: November 2020

  1. I’m assuming The Butcher’s Blessing is the same book that’s called The Butchers in the UK? BSE crisis? If do, I thought it was great! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on The Merchant of Venice as well!

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    • YES it’s the same one (I have no clue why that title change was necessary). Hopefully I’ll review it this week! It was so weird and surreal reading about BSE – I had entirely forgotten that ever happened and then was suddenly viscerally remembering how when I was a kid there was a local potential case of BSE and hundreds of sheep in my town had to be slaughtered and there was a whole uproar about it, that was a very strange thing to experience when you’re 8 years old. ANYWAY GOOD BOOK.

      And yes I’m really looking forward to reviewing The Merchant of Venice, I have a lot of thoughts about that play!!

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      • I also remember the BSE crisis quite vividly. It happened shortly after I moved to Britain (also aged 8!) and I remember reading horror stories about people who had contracted it. Definitely a fan of this kind of historical fiction set in the recent past!

        I studied The Merchant of Venice in secondary school/high school and absolutely loved it! Such a fascinating and problematic play. I’ve also seen a couple of interesting film and TV adaptations that work out how to centre Shylock’s story.

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      • Omg small world!!! YES it was such a strange time – it was so interesting to revisit as an adult!

        If you’re into this kind of thing I HIGHLY recommend the filmed 2015 RSC production (it’s on Marquee.tv which I THINK you can access in the UK – it’s a paid subscription but there’s a free trial). I thought it did such a magnificent job with both Shylock and Antonio, and the way it framed the final act (which, before that point, I had found kind of extraneous) was just brilliant. Anyway yeah I’m very excited to talk about this play in more detail!

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