Saturday, May 03, 2008

A.L. Kennedy on King Lear

A.L. Kennedy on King Lear:

Shakespeare's King Lear is magnificent, appalling, soaring, banal, cruel, tender, funny and complex; the virtuous are punished, justice is rarely served (and lawyers are unloved). Its scope is so demanding that it's virtually impossible to stage and its end is simply shattering—in other words, it's very much like life.

To read the rest of the article, the latest in the Globe and Mail's 50 Greatest Books series, click here.

6 comments:

Greer said...

I enjoyed this article, thank you for the link. Recently I've been reading a lot about John Keats and he was very inspired by this play so I'm thinking of attempting it.

aBookworm said...

Great article - thanks for the link! I'm having a huge Mother's Day Book Giveaway, btw. Hope you'll stop by.

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bibliophylia said...

I love King Lear. It's about family and perhaps one of the most accessible of Shakespeare's works. Thanks for the link!

Jaimie said...

The best stage production I have ever seen of King Lear was at Stanford University in what seemed like a small room, it was so packed and we sat on the floor and on risers. We were right in front of the actors and the one doing King Lear was exceptional.
You never know where you are going to find a gem.

suko95 said...

Kate, thanks for taking the time to provide the link. I have been partial to King Lear since my high school days. Great blog in general!

Veronica Mitchell said...

We just saw a local production of King Lear. It was wonderful. By the end I felt emotionally wrung out like a dishrag.