Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867196191 (image from bn.com) Whew--the first volume wanted to knock me down with what I'd read, the way Gen's family was portrayed and how things changed the day the bomb went off. Now, we're in the aftermath, the living death and struggle to survive... if one wants to survive at all. Barefoot Gen … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

“The Tragedy (History) of King Lear” (Folio & Quarto Text), from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I was surprised that this one (or two, rather) would take me so long to get through. The History of King Lear is actually the "Quarto" text, and The Tragedy of King Lear is the "Folio" text. The Folio came out about 4 years later, and I wish like crazy I'd read that one first. … Continue reading “The Tragedy (History) of King Lear” (Folio & Quarto Text), from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet, from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

There's so little I can say about Hamlet that hasn't been said by writers far more knowledgeable than myself, and there's a good reason for that. This is the most quoted, borrowed-from, acted play of Shakespeare's that I've come across. Hundreds of writers, actors, directors have used this play as a platform for fame or … Continue reading The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet, from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I wasn't sure what to make of this play. I didn't even know Shakespeare had written a play about King John (Richard the Lionheart's brother) until I picked up this book and the book Shakespeare's English Kings. I'd never heard of the play being performed, or anything. So I was just as surprised to see … Continue reading “The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Well, I'd heard this was one of Shakespeare's "lesser tragedies," and thanks to all the blood and death in the pages, I have to wonder--what was he going through when he wrote the damned thing? Titus Andronicus (long title: The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus) is about Titus, a general who … Continue reading “Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare