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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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King Lear is haunting me ..

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I loved this, a book filled to the brim with research that reads as seamlessly as a novel. Reading the bibliographical notes at the back made me truly appreciate just how Shapiro incorporated all of his knowledge. Focusing on 1606 in which Shakespeare pulled off the incredible feat of writing three dense, complex plays--King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra--Shapiro paints a vivid picture of the social & political landscape at the time.

Butterfinger Looks very interesting. 7d
Bookwormjillk I started this audiobook a few years ago but didn‘t finish. I have to get back to it. 7d
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 7d
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Billypar Glad you liked it! I never realized that the Gunpowder Plot occurred while Shakespeare was alive and writing plays, let alone that it might have been an influence on Macbeth. It made me think about his much of my (limited) knowledge of historical events is completely decontextualized from what else was going on at the same time. 7d
batsy @Butterfinger Yes, so fascinating 👍🏽 6d
batsy @Bookwormjillk I hope you have better luck with it on the second round 🙂 6d
batsy @TrishB Thank you! 6d
batsy @Billypar Yes, I was pretty amazed to learn about that & his connections to certain people who supported the plot. Another thing was reading stuff like how he wrote the roles of the King & the Fool for King Lear with his two actors in mind; while reading the plays I'm always thinking about the text in isolation, but of course there would have been material considerations that are beyond a modern audience's understanding/knowledge. So interesting! 6d
Billypar I forgot about that: it's just like when writer-directors write a film role for a specific actor they've worked with on other films. From our perspective they seem like these timeless archetypal roles, but it's great that Shapiro lets us peak behind the curtain on those details of their origins. 6d
Graywacke Wow...fascinated by your review and the comments here. Guy Fawkes even. (my anniversary happens to be Nov 5 ☺️) 6d
UwannaPublishme Great review! 6d
batsy @Graywacke Oh, interesting! 😁 I think it's a book you'll enjoy. There's some interesting context about King Lear that I wanted to post to share with @GingerAntics @merelybookish & the #ShakespeareReadAlong crew, but he writes in such a seamless, blended way that's hard to isolate certain pull quotes without feeling like I'm giving only half of the picture. 6d
batsy @UwannaPublishme Thank you 🙂 6d
Graywacke @batsy Sometimes quotes don‘t work easily. You have a patient audience if you want to work out more explanation. 🙂 6d
merelybookish First of all, congrats on actually getting to the book. 😄 I thought it might land on the TBR pile! It sounds fascinating. TBH, I don't think I've ever known he wrote those 3 plays in one year. Also knowing the Fool, in particular, was written for a specific actor is intriguing since he is such an odd character. 🤔 Always interesting to see how culture shapes the writing of a text. I tend to be better at how culture shapes our reading of it. 5d
batsy @merelybookish The Fool & King in close interaction was in large part to exploit the great chemistry between his two best comic & tragic actors respectively, Robert Arnim & Richard Burbage. Another cool fact is that in the source King Leir, Cordelia speaks a lot & sounds, according to Shapiro, holier than thou. In Will's version, he opted to keep her silent (at the start) thus giving her role more gravity in a sense. Interesting, isn't it :) 5d
batsy @merelybookish *Robert Armin, sorry 5d
Centique Man, you read that so much faster than I did! I loved learning all about the gunpowder plot and the impact of James 1 on the theatre industry and so on... I could actually reread it and enjoy it just as much I think. 😍 3d
batsy @Centique I was in a monogamous relationship with this book for a week 😂 I know what you mean, I inhaled it; reads like a novel! I'm keen to read his earlier one, focusing on 1599 if I'm not wrong. 3d
Centique @batsy yes! I‘m looking forward to that one too 2d
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I was wondering if those who are having current or upcoming Readalongs could add their hashtag or information below , so it‘s easy to find you ?
They get lost in the shuffle , so maybe if we had this hashtag #readalongs2020 , it‘d be easier to find you guys.
This can be for any current readalong that will be continuing on into the coming year, or one that will be starting then.
Otherwise, it‘s hard to find what is available.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Repost for @ljuliel 📚📚 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #BotmBuddyRead We are reading Three Women in January 🎊🎉 @TheBookHippie 1w
ljuliel Thank you Misty ♥️ 1w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ljuliel you‘re welcome!! 💗 1w
sblbooks #MarleyBuddyRead discussion is December 29th for Jacob T Marley. 1w
sblbooks @megnews and I host a different book each month. We have been changing the hashtag based on the book we read. I like the idea of having one # to use though. 1w
Crazeedi Great idea, thanks Misty! 1w
Crazeedi @ljuliel oops! I mean thanks to you!! 1w
ljuliel @sblbooks You can go ahead and use your normal hashtag, then add this someplace ,if you‘d like.. that way , those looking for readalongs will be able to find them all in one location. Right now, they‘re sorta scattered around , and it‘s easy to lose track of which books are being discussed, dates they start, who‘s doing them, etc. . I thought this might make it easier to see the entire selection all in one place. 1w
ljuliel No problem, @crazeedi 1w
Librarybelle I host #LiteraryCrew , which reads historical fiction. We‘re finishing up book one in a proposed trilogy by Minette Walters right now. Book two, The Turn of Midnight, will be our next read, most likely starting the beginning of January. I‘m waiting for my copy to start planning out the reading! 1w
ljuliel Thanks @Librarybelle I‘ve been searching through back posts of Litsy happenings, but they‘re all scattered everyplace. I could still be missing more. If everyone tags their posts with #readalongs2020, hopefully everything will pop up in one spot. 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m going to try to remember this!!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 6d
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I was wondering if those who are having current or upcoming Readalongs could add their hashtag or information below , so it‘s easy to find you ?
They get lost in the shuffle , so maybe if we had this hashtag #readalongs2020 , it‘d be easier to find you guys.
This can be for any current readalong that will be continuing on into the coming year, or one that will be starting then.
Otherwise, it‘s hard to find what is available.

CoffeeNBooks I'll be hosting a buddy read in January of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead I'll add #readalongs2020 to my posts about it. Great idea! 1w
4thhouseontheleft Great idea! 1w
Lcsmcat I‘m doing a read along of Irving Stone‘s Depths of Glory in January. We don‘t have a hashtag yet, but I‘ll tag #readalongs2020 when we start. 1w
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NeedsMoreBooks @CoffeeNBooks can I join? 😊 1w
SaturnDoo I love this idea. I would probably join in on more read alongs but I don't always see them when I do it's too late. Thanks @ljuliel 🤗❤ 1w
CoffeeNBooks @NeedsMoreBooks Absolutely! I'm going to post the discussion schedule next weekend, and I'll make sure to tag you in the post. 1w
ljuliel Thanks @CoffeeNBooks . I think if we have one hashtag for people to find a list of read alongs, the word would get out easier , so people could see what‘s coming up and when✨✨✨. Thanks @4thhouseontheleft ✨✨. Sounds great @Lcsmcat . That way, everyone can find you. ✨✨✨✨. @SaturnDoo Me too. I‘m in the Binchy read along @andrew65 , and signed up for @MrBook ‘s one in January , but it‘s hard to find them listed in one spot. (edited) 1w
Andrew65 A great idea @ljuliel Yes we will be continuing the #MaeveBinchyBudfyRead in 2020. We read a new book starting on 19th of each month. (edited) 1w
Andrew65 There is also the #BOTMBuddyRead with a new book read each month, with some cracking reads planned in 2020. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie 1w
MrBook Great idea! Mine‘s #ReadWithMrBook 😊. 1w
Fridameetslucy Great idea. I just happened to discover a January one but it would be great to have a unifying hashtag 7d
ljuliel @Fridameetslucy Was it already listed here or in the newest thread ? ( it‘s a bit further up the page yet ) Thanks 😊 7d
ljuliel I found a couple others. I‘ll go ahead and post them on here , then if they don‘t want them included, I can delete them later. I‘ll redo the list once we ( hopefully) have everyone on it. 7d
ljuliel #OokBOok #Discworld #Pratchett readalong. Please look up @TricksyTails @julesG for further information. (edited) 7d
ljuliel #StephenKing #LosersClub readalong of all his books in order. Please see. @DGRachel for info. (edited) 7d
ljuliel #agathachristieclubR2 readalong of all her books . Please see @ferskner for info. (edited) 7d
Andrew65 #CaraBlackBuddyRead Although not sure we have used a tag before, but we will in the future. We read a book each month starting on 22nd. In December we will be reading @gradcat @Crazeedi @EadieB @Tove_Reads 7d
Andrew65 Also be starting #JussiAdlerOlsenBuddyRead Department Q Series. One book a month, all welcome to join. 7d
EadieB @Andrew65 I don't think we signed onto Jo Nesbo yet since we are doing three a month. Starting January it will be Jussi Adler Olsen, Camilla Lackberg and Lars Kepler. 7d
Andrew65 And #CamillaLackbergBuddyRead starting January, Patrick Hedstrom / Erika Falck Series. One book a month, all welcome to join. First book 7d
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes got that wrong didn‘t I 😂 Deleted that post and will do one for Lars Kepler! Thanks 😊👍 (edited) 7d
EadieB @Andrew65 Don't forget Ken Follett and Elizabeth George too. 7d
Andrew65 @EadieB We are busy aren‘t we! 7d
EadieB @Andrew65 Just how we like it! 7d
Andrew65 #ElizabethGeorgeBuddyRead We have read the first one and are aiming to read one a month. Still plenty of time for people to catch up. Inspector Lynley Series, Book 2 will be (edited) 7d
Andrew65 #KenFollettStandalonesBuddyRead In this one we are reading the standalone books written by Ken Follett. The December one will be 7d
Crazeedi @Andrew65 @EadieB I'd like to try Lynley series , when do you start book 2 7d
EadieB @Crazeedi just try to get book 1 & 2 done by end of December and you will be up to date. 7d
Crazeedi @EadieB ok, well I'll see, what with crazy holiday. I'm going to try. Thanks!!! 7d
EadieB @Crazeedi Just do the best you can as you can always catch up in January. 7d
Andrew65 @EadieB @Crazeedi Sounds a good plan. 😊 (edited) 7d
vivastory Thanks for the tag @thebluestocking 👍I have a different co-host each month & although the nominations & voting is currently members only, I encourage anyone on Litsy to join the read along & monthly discussion (typically the final weekend of the month) 6d
merelybookish Yes, #NYRBbookclub is run by @vivastory. However is do co-host the #shakespearereadalong with @GingerAntics We are on hiatus till the new year but should be back in January! 6d
gradcat @ljuliel This a really great idea! Thanks for posting this—it‘s very helpful! ♥️ 6d
gradcat @Andrew65 Was it not called #NordicNoir ? 6d
Andrew65 @gradcat Yes, I forgotten to put that in, but also think it‘s helpful to also have a tag with the authors name in. I would suggest we use both. 😊 6d
gradcat @Andrew65 Agreed! 5d
BarbaraBB In the weekend of January 10 @Cinfhen and I organize #BelowZer00s in which we will read the tagged book. Please follow the hashtag for details. Everyone is welcome to join! 5d
Rissreads @CoffeeNBooks Can I please be added to this in January? 5d
CoffeeNBooks @Rissreads Absolutely! I'll post the discussion schedule this weekend, and I'll make sure to tag you in the post. 4d
IndoorDame Great idea! @ljuliel Thanks for doing this! I‘m always finding out about readalongs I‘m interested in halfway through @CoffeeNBooks I‘d love to join you in Jan for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 13h
CoffeeNBooks @IndoorDame Great! I'll post the discussion schedule later today or tomorrow. 13h
ljuliel @IndoorDame I‘m glad you found one you liked. 😊 13h
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King Henry VIII | William Shakespeare
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Graywacke This was entertaining. Thanks! 2w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I was thoroughly entertained! Good fun. 2w
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This was a wild ride!!! Thanks @GingerAntics for hosting!!!! #ShakespeareReadALong

GingerAntics That‘s a perfect way to describe it. It‘s one wild ride alright! lol 2w
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📚 finishing King Lear today for #shakespearereadalong
📚 finished November Road for #BOTMBuddyRead - I had a hard time getting into the story at first, but then I liked it. I think the ending was a bit far-fetched, but I still liked it. 👍
📚 finished Lilli de Jong for #LilliRead - great book! 👍👍

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CoffeeNBooks 🎧 I really only listen to audiobooks when I'm on the treadmill, and for some reason The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion wasn't holding my attention. I have the book, and I think I'll like reading it better. I love Fanny Flagg!
📚 finished In Dubious Battle for my #ReadingThroughTheYears192021 list for #1936 - John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors👍
CoffeeNBooks 📚 finished Moonraker for my #ReadingThroughTheYears192021 list for #1955 - this wasn't one of my favorite 007 stories, but I love James Bond!👍
🎧 An Irish Country Doctor didn't hold my attention, either
📚 finished My Man Jeeves- good, but I preferred the stories featuring Jeeves
📚 read issues 3-9 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - good so far!
ljuliel Irish Country Dr is a bit sappy. I wish I liked it more , but there‘s something missing in it. 3w
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