Monday, May 7, 2007

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Quote: Lord, what fools these mortals be.

Why you should read this book: Arguably the Bard's most popular play, A Midsummer Night's Dream interweaves a huge cast of characters, including fairies, lovers, laborers, and royalty, transforming potential tragedy into dramatic comedy. When a Hermia's father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, she and Lysander flee into the forest, where the nocturnal activities of mortal and supernatural clowns intersect. Transformations abound, and all characters come out (to various degrees) wiser for the confusion.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Barring high school freshmen who would rather watch MTV than do their homework, it's hard to imagine the kind of person who wouldn't enjoy this play.

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