MONTHLY BOOK CLUB--SHAKESPEARE!!!­

We'll be reading TWO Shakespeare plays, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing. Below I've copied the first paragraph or two from the cliffnotes website. Don't be ashamed to read the cliffnotes; I probably will. Haven't read Shakespeare since high school and imagine it might be something of a challenge but then we read the 800 page Game of Thrones: Song of Ice and Fire last month so this book club goes where others fear to tread! Join us on Sunday July 13th at Le Cheile.

Macbeth (cliffnotes version -- see this link http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/m/macbeth/play-summary): Set in medieval Scotland and partly based on a true historical account, Macbeth charts the bloody rise to power and tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth. Already a successful soldier in the army of King Duncan, Macbeth is informed by Three Witches that he is to become king. As part of the same prophecy, the Witches predict that future Scottish kings will be descended not from Macbeth but from his fellow army captain, Banquo. Although initially prepared to wait for Fate to take its course, Macbeth is stung by ambition and confusion when King Duncan nominates his son Malcolm as his heir.

Much Ado About Nothing (cliffnotes version -- see this link http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/m/much-ado-about-nothing/play-summary): The action of Much Ado About Nothing occurs during several days of a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, and his followers at the large estate of Leonato, Governor of Messina. Don Pedro has been victorious in a small war against his own half-brother, Don John, who has now (reluctantly) joined him.

From the beginning to the end of the play, two love stories are intertwined. One story follows the formal, romantic relationship between Leonato's daughter, Hero (a young woman), and Claudio (a young officer): Claudio realizes, after returning from war, that he is deeply in love with Hero and wants to ask her father for permission to marry her. His commander, Don Pedro, helps Claudio propose marriage, with some momentary confusion about who the suitor is — Don Pedro or Claudio. The action of Much Ado About Nothing occurs during several days of a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, and his followers at the large estate of Leonato, Governor of Messina. Don Pedro has been victorious in a small war against his own half-brother, Don John, who has now (reluctantly) joined him.

You've almost a month to read both plays and plays read much quicker than novels so if you get to it, you can get to them both.

I'm excited to read Shakespeare again. A little bit of culture never hurt anyone!

Questions? Please email me.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great time. Although we are small in number, the quality of the meetups is excellent. I'm very happy with our progress and our membes who are highly intelligent and creative thinkers.

    July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks, we're just going to cover Macbeth on Sunday (for reasons I will disclose on Sunday). Don't worry if you've also read the other play. We'll do that at another meetup later in the year.

    July 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, if you'd like to cover it, that's fine with me. Truth is that I am having a hard enough time reading Macbeth. I didn't realize it would be so hard! I think I read a lot faster when I was 16.

      July 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm fine either way, Ali. Whatever the group conscience is.

      July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to miss it, but something has come up.

    July 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy that you and Marcela are both coming on Sunday. Hopefully we'll get a few more people but I'm happy to start small. Marcela, do you have any preference for the other place we will read? As Selene voted for Macbeth, I'm fine to go with that. So, we just have to choose the other play. I'm in the mood for a comedy as well. Much Ado About Nothing might be good choice. Any suggestions?

    June 8, 2014

  • Selene

    Yea!!! He's my favorite! I vote for Macbeth as one of the plays. I think it's his absolute best. Every human emotion is covered in that play - brilliant. I must say that a discussion of two plays is quite ambitious. I'm excited!

    June 2, 2014

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