I've never read a play written by Shakespeare. Not a single one. I vaguely know the storyline of two or three of those plays, thanks to Vishal Bhardwaj, but that's so very inadequate to join a conversation, or to have a personal appreciation. Hence I've decided to start reading some of the plays to broaden my Shakespeare-horizon.
But hey, reading Shakespeare is not an easy task, right? Coming from a pure Bengali-medium school the language seems so, well, unusual. And like everyone I too have a faint idea about the ambiguity and subtleness of the plots that these plays offer. So I was searching for a guide-book sort of material which could initiate me and guide me through the maze.
And I'm happy to declare, THIS is the one. Emma Smith is already a familiar name for the "Bard-watching" community. And now she writes one for the brilliant Pelican series.
If you are like me, straightforward Shakespeare-ignorant; or even know a thing or two about him; or better, claim to be a scholar of this subject; you should try this book. This book will entangle the Shakespeare-knot for those who are fearful and sceptical, and will guide/aid them who are fans. For either kind of reader, this book will surely be helpful to discover the joy and/or open up new avenues for Shakespeare appreciation.
So, surely, now I'm going to read the plays one by one.