O is for Othello.
My classic reading challenge and my Shakespeare buddy read for April📖. 🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭
I love the language of Shakespeare. 📖❤️
“For she had eyes and chose me.” ...Othello
Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago. Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theatre alike, and has been the source for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations.🎭
Happy World Book Day AND Canada Book Day 🇨🇦! One of my fave Canadian authors is Lucy Maud Montgomery - a fellow Maritimer and @dalhousie_university graduate 💕! I'm ashamed to say that I have not read very much Canadian literature (other than Margaret Atwood forever) - what books should I read to fix this terrible deficiency 📚? #theGreatWriteNorth#contest @penguinrandomca
Today is the 402nd anniversary of the death of #WilliamShakespeare (and it's also supposed to be the date of his birthday too...) Shakespeare's influence on language and culture is unparalleled. Living to the age of 52, he wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets that changed the world of literature (and the English language) forever.
What's your favourite Shakespearean work?
We are quite fond of Henry V and Richard II! 📚💀 #shakespeare#classicliterature#theatre#acting#playwright#shakespearesbirthday
Day one of #12daysofbookstagram are both recommendations given to me! The first one #almostsisters by #joshilynjackson is all about the repercussions of a one night stand at a comic con that results in the main character Leia getting pregnant. All she remembers from this comic con love affair was that she fell for her Superman weakness and can’t remember his last name. Besides being pregnant and not knowing how to tell her family, Leia learns something about her grandmother that forces her to move to Alabama to sort things out. I’m only 80 pages into this one, but I already find the humor to be spot on if you’re a comic fan like I am! More to come on my full thoughts on the read! (Shout out to @kathybondyfessler for the rec and the book, I promise I’ll get it back to you shortly!) •
I am just about to start Middlemarch by Gorge Elliot. I’m in a mini book club with my Uncle Tom and we are attempting to read through classic literature together. We both found it easier to follow through on reading a tough book when you have someone to push you along. •
What are you currently reading? Or attempting to read? • • •
Happy World Book Day, and Happy Birthday to the Bard! It was also the perfect day today to see an excellent copy of the First Folio (basically the first edition of Shakespeare's collected works from 1623). It's one of only about a dozen in this condition in the world. In 2001 a copy sold for more than $6 million. This is a real treasure! Along with the King James Bible, printed about 15 years before this, it's arguably the most important book in the English language. This is on display as part of the 'Treasure House of Knowledge' exhibition at the South African Library in Cape Town, curated by my old friend and fellow bibliomaniac, Andrew Lamprecht
This is more like last two months reads. It’s been a rough spring, I mostly wanted to sleep until the sun came back. And wasn’t in the mood for anything complicated or intense. Mini reviews reading left to right 👉🏼 (1) If you like Fitzgerald you need to read this. I also found the focus on changing of societal norms over generations incredibly applicable. (2) This book took me a month, not because I didn’t love it. I really really did. But because I had to stop every page to side research then get caught up in the rabbit hole that is the time period between Napoleons 6th and 7th attempts at European domination. (3) My least favorite of the three, not a bad book. Ive just been much more interested in historical fiction of a different era lately. (4) A really sweet story, and a classic ‘proper romance’ in that it is is no way salacious.
Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens to L.M. Montgomery and J.K. Rowling, authors have addressed child welfare in their novels, raising awareness and leading to reforms in treatment of orphans, school conditions, and other matters of particular concern to @literatureslivingroom creator, who was mainly motivated in forming our project due to a personal interest both in ‘childhood’ and in multiple forms of lifelong education. Now, a friend to us, @andrewjgrey, is raising funds for @ty_hafan, caring for children with life-limiting conditions and supporting families. To learn more, and possibly donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-grey3
And by happy accident this post coincides with the birth of the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal), who has been noted as during her own childhood having been fond of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, so this is an especially and unexpectedly apt start to our celebration of children’s literature in these final days of April, which is ‘Prevention of Child Abuse Month.’ #AnneofGreenGables#LMMontgomery#JKRowling#CharlesDickens#CharlotteBronte#ChildrensLiterature#ChildWelfare
En su ‘Curso de literatura rusa’ Navokov apunta que Ivan S. Turguenev no fue un gran escritor, aunque reconoce que era “un escritor agradable”, añadiendo que es en sus ‘Memorias de un cazador’ (Cátedra, 2007) donde podemos encontrar lo mejor de su prosa.
Los veinticinco relatos que integran esta colección fueron escritos a partir de 1847 y si bien en 1852 publicó una recopilación, no sería hasta 1874 cuando da por terminada esta obra que le lanzó a la fama pero provocó gran escándalo por su posición respecto al sistema de servidumbre ruso. Desde muy joven Turguenev conocía en profundidad la situación del campesinado de su país. Su madre trataba con crueldad a sus siervos, y cuando quiso interceder por ellos, le fue retirada su asignación. Tuvo que esperar a que aquella muriera para poder mejorar su modo de vida y liberar a la servidumbre doméstica.
El esquema de estos relatos es más o menos similar. El narrador es un terrateniente que recorre cazando diversos parajes de las provincias de Kaluga, Oriol y Tula, al sudoeste de Moscú. Durante estas excursiones se encuentra con numerosos personajes, tanto grandes y pequeños propietarios como campesinos, criados, comerciantes o artesanos, dejando que ellos mismos nos cuenten quiénes son, su forma de vida y costumbres. Gracias a ello somos testigos de las duras y deplorables condiciones en que vivía el campesinado ruso, sometido a los terratenientes por el régimen de servidumbre, que permitía castigarlos, venderlos, etc. El autor se pone de parte de los siervos, idealizándolos y presentándolos como personas honradas y pragmáticas, llenas de valores como la humildad, la paciencia o la generosidad, mientras que por lo general se ríe de los propietarios y los muestra como seres crueles, despóticos, abandonados a sus instintos y en plena decadencia moral y económica.
Como en sus otras obras, Turguenev presentar minuciosamente a sus personajes no solo en su aspecto exterior, sino profundizando en su psicología. Y no olvidemos los pasajes, en ocasiones largos, en los que la naturaleza aparece descrita de forma tan bella, poética y plástica, que nos hace creer estar dentro del relato.
Travel essentials | Just left Berlin. There is still lots on my mind to absorb, digest, and jot down into coherent impressions. Excited to write up a blog post or two about some travel musings. In the meantime, between trains and planes, this book — SPQR — has been excellent company.
Today is World Book Day!! 📚It is a United Nations initative to promote reading, publishing and copyright. .
We love reading a good book when we are traveling. There is so much quiet time to get lost in the magical words of the text. Some members of our team just finished reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, Instincts by T.D. Jake's, Night Storm. .
FUN FACT: Today is William Shakespeare's birthday! So swipe to see the Nigerian author that we are celebrating today! 🎉 What was the last book you read? Let us know in the comments
📸: @wovenblends 📙: @naijasinglegirl
‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’ ~ Oscar Wilde
Hey awesome book nerds 🤓
Meet Oscar Wilde. His life is ending.
The year is 1898. Wilde's reputation is in ruins.
After the scandal, after the trial, and after the incarceration at Reading Gaol, Wilde lives in precarious exile in Paris. His friends urge him to start another great work, a new play or poem. But Wilde's attention is elsewhere: on the mysteries of art, on the demands of love, and on a final great flowering of the spirit.
As y’all know I’m a huge fan of #classicliterature This #historicalfiction book is a treasure. The writing style is a flash back to the prose of the masters. #johnvanderslice has captured the essence of Wilde himself and those around him. It is agonizingly heartbreaking to read as Oscar fades away. This book truly humanizes the man, showing both the good and bad. It’s a wonderful book for any Wilde fan.
Thanks to @tlcbooktours for sending me this gem. *
The above quote of Wilde’s always hits home with me. Someday I feel like I am just existing, going through the routine. Other days I am living. Being in the moment. Mindful of those everyday little things which bring joy and love.
What are some of your favorite quotes?
I skipped Mug Shot Monday today 😱 Don’t worry, I’ll be back next week with some mug action. Instead, I’m posting about my next read! Today I’m starting Sense and Sensibility with @allmybookthoughts for #classicswithjess 🎉 These Signature Classic editions are just lovely! I wish they had more than just a few. Have you read any classic books this month? If not, what are you reading next??
Happy World Book Day! It’s rainy and dark here today - honestly my favorite reading weather and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing in homeschool this morning. Sharing a bit of my @barnesandnoble leatherbound classics collection that is sitting on my mantel. We’ve either recently read or are currently reading these. FYI - I stalked that purple “Little Women” online for months for a good, affordable copy bc it’s out of print. It’s my current favorite!