“All the world’s a library, and all the men and women merely readers.” #truestory — Happy #InternationalDayofHappiness! May your day be filled with laughter and love and happiness and good books.
With much ado about Shakespeare, we present to you our March “Shakespeare” Ink Crate (DM to get your own, limited amount left!):
• Book: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
• Lady Macbeth Soap - by @thesoaplibrarian
• Shakespeare Mad-Libs
• Shakespeare Quote Pencils
• Shakespeare Punching Puppet 🥊
• Set of Bookmarks (made by our very own J of JAF)
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier, sent free for review from @crownpublishing. The Hogarth Shakespeare series excites me so much. I love seeing good writers of our time tackling the bard’s great stories and interpreting them in fresh ways. It feels like Shakespeare belongs to the people, and although these new stories can never take the place of the originals, I always feel like Shakespeare would be chuffed to see his work turned inside out and reimagined. Othello is one of my favourites of the plays. It’s chilling and methodical, a dark examination of both racism and jealousy. In New Boy, Chevalier takes Othello’s adult characters from their military setting and places them, as children, amongst the terrifying politics of a 70s playground. Compressed into one school day, the events play out with the same quiet intensity of the original. The writing lacked a little something for me — perhaps because I love the original so much — but the picture of poisoned barbs of gossip festering in the open wound of jealousy still made for a compelling version of the story. #halfdesertedreviews ————————————————-
“By the pricking of my thumbs. . .”
This re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s Scottish play takes place in the 1970s where police chief Duncan battles a criminal enterprise of drugs and its and savvy rulers, one of them named Hecate. This drug lord attempts to manipulate Inspector Macbeth and the story that follows is an epic of the highs and lows of human nature and depravity.
This book has me reminiscing about Sleep No More, the immersive theatre experience in NYC based on Macbeth. It is set in a hotel and you walk through all these rooms and find the actors who are all playing out their scenes all over the building. The show plays 3 times while you are there, but there is so much to explore and it is an insanely amazing experience!
I love that Shakespeare has left such a lasting impression on our culture.
Do you have a favorite play or adaptation?