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.