“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare Read-a-long

19932363_1927007274218815_2115394869294792704_nMy read alongs with @ginaphx are turning into a very fun summer tradition. Like, last year we both read Cecelia Ahern’s newest dystopia novel and this year we’ve decided we need some challenge so Gina offered we read “Hamlet” in English. And that got me so thrilled because Shakespeare in English promised to be a mind teaser hahaaha.
However, Shakespeare’s florid writing proved itself to be rather enjoyable even though sometimes the monologues got so complicated that I just had to open my Russian edition to make sure I got it all correctly.

Upon finishing “Hamlet” I concluded that Shakespeare was a serial fictional characters killer. Really, what a crazy ending! Gives much to think about. So I immediately wrote to my friend and co-reader Gina @ginaphx and we had our discussion in which it turned out that we share each other’s opinions on most of the themes this play tackles.

One of my favourite scenes has been where Polonius gives his precepts to Laertes – sharing one of them here:
“Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice:                                                                         
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgement”.

Morerover, what astonishes is that “Hamlet” ,being written back in 1600s, rises up problems which are still actual nowadays. Though, I guess, that’s what classics are for. So why not read Shakespeare and learn from represented persons’ mistakes?

I’m curious to hear your opinion if you have read “Hamlet”. Please share your thoughts or favorite quotes in comments!

 

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