Thursday, 3 November 2016

Review: Incomplete Shakespeare

Okay guys, I LOVE the Incomplete Shakespeare books, I genuinely do! Don't get me wrong, I love Shakespeare, but a lot of the time I read it and I'm 99% sure that pretty much all of it is going over my head and half the time it makes me feel kinda stupid because I know I'm probably not getting something. But Incomplete Shakespeare not only brings the humour, but it brings a great understanding of the plays, both in language and context! Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth are already out, and today I'm going to be talking about Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing! 

Hamlet, oh Hamlet. I struggled with you when I was in school. We actually went to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Hamlet when I was in my GCSE year I think it was, it was a drama class outing. It was very long. It was kinda interesting but mostly really boring because I had no idea what anyone was on about. Like I said...I'm well aware most of it flies right over my head. Reading was like it had been translated for me, same for Much Ado About Nothing, and the humour made me laugh out loud or snort when it was amusing. Incomplete Shakespeare makes Shakespeare relatable and understandable and gives you a huge amount of context about the time the play was written, why it was written with that character or that setting, why it was staged that way and so on, and it was actually really fascinating. Some of the footnotes are just downright hilarious though! "Marcellus can always be relied on for a stupid remark" 

The Incomplete Shakespeare are perfect for anyone who, like me, really struggles to understand Shakespeare and really wants to understand the plays, whether you're doing exams on Shakespeare or just ya know....fancy reading it! Brilliantly set out, and like I keep on saying...hilarious and informative, they really bring Shakespeare to life! 

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