Friday, May 18, 2007

As You Like It

Author: William Shakespeare

Quote: Love is merely a madness and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punished and cured is that lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.

Why you should read this book: A sexy, saucy, bucolic romp through the forest of Arden, full of wordplay, cross-dressing, innuendo, and misdirection. When Rosiland's treacherous, usurping uncle banishes her from court, she and her faithful cousin Celia take on assumed disguises and hide out in the forest with their fool, Touchstone. The political situation is severe--Rosiland's father and lover are hiding in the forest too--and the merry Rosiland has fun with everyone in this gender-bending role.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You take biblical commands against women wearing the garb of men very seriously.

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