Gitanjali (Song Offerings) – Rabindranath Tagore

Gitanjali (Song Offerings) is a collection of poems Rabindranath Tagore wrote to express devotion to God. The word gitanjali is composed from “git”, which means song, and “anjali” which means offering, and thus mean “an offering of songs”. I decided to read a work by Tagore to take part in Blogger Buku Indonesia (BBI)’s project for October which is to review any work by Nobel laureates, because of these reasons:

  1. I have been a fan of Western poets such as Sir Walter Ralegh and Robert Frost, but I have never tried reading poems with flavors of the East. From that, I would like to pick a well-known poet from the East.
  2. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded Nobel Prize in Literature.
  3. Gitanjali was originally written in Bengali and then translated into English by the author himself.

I believe you have read reason number #2 and #3. In today’s words, I would say that those two reasons are “DOUBLE AWESOMENESS!” And so I read all 103 songs of Gitanjali. From the very first song I felt like I was thrown up in the sky to behold the majesties of God, but in such a familiar way. Reading it felt heavenly, but still natural, as if seeing face to face with your own father.

The first song opens like this:

Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel
thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life.
This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales,
and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new.
At the immortal touch of thy hands my little heart loses its limits
in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable.
Thy infinite gifts come to me only on these very small hands of
mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and still there is room to fill.

In Gitanjali, the author distinguish The Creator and His creation; he presented the human character as a lowly being, dressed in rags, full of debts and failures, waiting for the Lord to pass by her house. He also praised highly the beauty of nature in his songs. However, I am puzzled that in some songs Tagore addresses God as my friend, my master, my king, and my Father. This resembles how Christians address God (especially “my Father”). I even found a similarity between some lines from Gitanjali and some lines from the Scripture. Here it is:

“In the night of weariness let me give myself up to sleep without struggle, resting my trust upon thee.” (Gitanjali: 25). Is this not similar with Psalms 4:8: “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” ?

Don’t ask for my favorite part of Gitanjali, because there are so many. However, the songs that I love the most are Gitanjali 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 95, and 101. You can read Gitanjali 35 in this post.

On the whole, the feeling I had when reading Gitanjali was close to the feeling when reading Psalms. It is divine and comforting. It made my heart burst with freshened love to the Lord.

This is my prayer to thee, my lord—strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.
(Gitanjali: 36)

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#postingbareng BBI bulan Oktober 2012 tema karya pemenang Nobel Prize for Literature

13th review for The Classics Club Project

P.S.: This is my first time ever to review a collection of poems, so please forgive me if this post is somewhat short.

Book details:

Gitanjali (Song Offerings), by Rabindranath Tagore
123 pages e-book, with an introduction by W.B. Yeats. E-book published on 2008 by Uttam Pal.
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


About the author

 

Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was a Bengali artist who wrote novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, and also composed music. In 1913 he was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.”

 

Gitanjali (Song Offerings) is his best known work along with Gora (Fair-faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World). In music, his compositions were chosen by two nations, India and Bangladesh, as their national anthems. And the composer of Sri Lanka’s national anthem was a student of Tagore, and the song is inspired by Tagore’s style. Tagore was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern India. (source: Wikipedia)

Wishful Wednesday (10)+Rekap!

Huah udah lama banget nggak ikutan Wishful Wednesday! Selain karena kesibukan, kadang-kadang juga hilang ide mau masukkan wishlist yang mana. Buku yang menjadi wishlist saya Rabu ini nggak sengaja saya temukan sewaktu jalan-jalan di TB Gramedia Ciputra World Surabaya hari Sabtu lalu. Dan…. sayapun jatuh cinta pada pandangan pertama. ♥____♥

Shakespeare on Love: The World’s Most Beautiful Plays, Poems and Sonnets (Hardback), Edited by C.N. Edwards

Sinopsis dari Amazon.com:

Shakespeare will always be one of the most popular playwrights and poets, not least because he was able to get at the heart of human nature. He tackled many facets of life, but love and its myriad manifestations was a topic that perhaps he treated in a particularly memorable way. This delightful gift book presents an enjoyable selection of his sonnets, poems and extracts from plays, grouped by the different moods, forms and treatments of love, from passionate young love to lost or embittered love.

Sedangkan tulisan di cover belakang berbunyi begini:

Shakespeare’s passion for the language of love springs from his magnificent plays and sonnets. Accompanied by beautiful paintings, the Bard’s timeless words create the perfect gift for everyone who has indulged in or suffered at the tender mercies of love.

Ahahaiii….jadi di buku ini tuh ada tulisan-tulisan Opa Shakespeare, mulai poems, sonnets, sampe cuplikan dari plays. Dan dilengkapi dengan lukisan-lukisan pula! Ciyus? Gitu sih yang ada di kepala saya. Membayangkan isi buku ini sudah bikin saya klepek-klepek duluan. Harga di “TKP” Rp 130.000,-. Setelah cek di Bookdepository, harganya nggak jauh beda, USD 12,95. Trus saya cek ke Amazon. Eh cuma sekitar USD 3? Saya jadi “ciyus” episode ke-2. Tapi kalo beli dari Amazon saya masih was-was masalah ongkirnya, bisa-bisa lebih mahal dari harga bukunya. Huhuhuhu. Semoga buku ini cepat beralih status dari “wishlist” menjadi “timbunan” yah!

Oya, sesuai janji, saya mau ngerekap WW saya mulai yang pertama sampai yang kesembilan, meski cuma sedikit tapi ada yang sudah terkabul, dan itu membuat happy! 🙂

WW#1 : The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon). –> Terjemahannya masih belum terbit juga, entah kenapa. 😦 Mungkin bakal pinjem edisi Inggrisnya aja ke sang host WW. 😉

WW#2 : Sejarah Dunia dalam 10 1/2 Bab (Julian Barnes), Gempa Waktu (Kurt Vonnegut), dan Insiden Anjing di Tengah Malam yang Bikin Penasaran (Mark Haddon), semuanya terbitan KPG. –> Yang sudah kesampaian buku yang terakhir, tapi akhirnya beli versi bahasa Inggrisnya. Review The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time bisa ditengok DI SINI.

WW#3 : Rahasia Meede (E.S. Ito). –> sudah terbeli waktu Mizan.com diskon 30%. Baca reviewnya DI SINI.

WW#4 : The Well-Educated Mind (Susan Wise Bauer). –> Yang ini belom kesampaian karena harganya cukup menguras kantong. Selain itu, buku ini menuntut komitmen juga untuk menjalankannya (baca: kuliah sastra mandiri) begitu kamu memilikinya. Ya iyalah, sudah beli mahal-mahal masa digeletakin begitu aja? Eh tapi saya masih bisa pinjam Mbak Fanda yang sudah beli buku ini kok. *wink-wink*

WW#5 : Amazon Kindle (atau e-book reader lainnya). –> Masih belum kesampaian. Saya bener-bener perlu device ini, mana belakangan mulai baca banyak e-book juga. Untuk sementara mungkin bisa diantisipasi dengan handset Android. Coming soon. 🙂

WW#6 : Tintin: The Complete Companion (Michael Farr). –> Belum kesampaian, belum tahu juga kapan bisa dibeli.

WW#7: North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell). –> Sudah ada di timbunan, hasil menang giveaway international! Akhirnya nggak jadi minta edisi PEL tapi edisi Vintage. Covernya lebih menggoda sih!

WW#8 : The Time Keeper (Mitch Albom). –> E-book sudah dikantongi, udah PO versi terjemahan juga ke mbak HobbyBuku. Can’t wait to read it!

WW#9 : The Hours (Michael Cunningham). –> Kesampaian di hari yang sama! Ternyata si tobuk online punya stok 1 lagi, dan 1 eksemplar itu akhirnya jatuh ke tangan saya. Senangnya!

What’s your Wishful Wednesday this week? Let’s share!

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Wishful Wednesday adalah blog hop yang dihost oleh blog Books to Share. Berikut ini ketentuannya:

  1. Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
  2. Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
  3. Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
  4. Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

My Journey of Book Blogging with BBI

Sebenarnya kalo dirunut ke belakang, saya agak lupa sejarah bergabung dengan Blogger Buku Indonesia alias BBI. Maklum lah, semuanya “kejadian”nya di dunia maya dan saya bukan tipe orang yang suka mencatat tanggal-tanggal tertentu yang ada “sejarah”nya. Kalo tanggal lahir blog kan saya tinggal lihat kapan post pertama kali terbit, yaitu tanggal 23 November 2010.  (YAK, sebentar lagi blog ini akan berulang tahun yang ke-2! Jangan lupa mampir ke sini mulai tanggal 9 November nanti, bakal ada sesuatu yang spesial buatmu. *kedips*)

Nah, balik lagi ke sejarah bergabung dengan BBI. Yang nggak bisa dilepaskan dari sejarah terbentuknya blog ini. Setelah sebelumnya saya cuma mereview buku-buku lewat Goodreads, atas saran dari Mbak Fanda (yang pada waktu itu udah lama punya blog buku) saya akhirnya memberanikan diri bikin blog buku. Maklumlah, sebelumnya saya belum pernah punya pengalaman blogging. Boro-boro blog buku, blog pribadi pun belum pernah punya. Walaupun di awal-awal posting masih acak-acakan (karena copy-paste kode HTML dari Goodreads), theme dan lain-lain juga masih kacau bin labil, lama-lama saya menikmati juga jadi newbie di dunia blogger buku. And with time, I’m getting better at book blogging, hehehehe :D.

Apalagi dengan keberadaan teman-teman sesama pecinta buku yang juga termasuk BBI-ers yang paling awal bergabung: Rahib Tanzil Hernadi, Mbak Fanda, Nophie, Althesia, Ally, Ana, Ferina, Mia, Astrid, dan siapa lagi yaaa (maaf kalo ada yang kelewatan, ini seinget saya aja sih). Nah, karena sebelumnya sudah familiar dengan teman-teman ini via Goodreads dan Twitter, ketika menerima undangan dari Ally untuk bergabung di Group FB BBI, ya dengan senang hati saya bergabung. Yang unik, walaupun BBI-ers itu bhinneka tunggal ika masalah genre buku (ada yang ”makanan”nya romance, ada yang doyan fantasi, ada juga yang doyannya klasik atau fiksi sejarah, dan seterusnya…), sepertinya perbedaan itu nggak menjadi masalah ya!

Dan sampai sekarang….. we’re having so much fun! Mulai dari posting bareng tiap bulan dan aktivitas blogwalking yang gak bisa dipisahin dari acara posting bareng (buat yang belum tau, posting bareng pertama kali pake buku Wuthering Heights), godain si Bebi di Twitter (yap :D), BBI 1st Giveaway Hop yang bikin heboh, juga Secret Santa tahun lalu yang nggak kalah hebohnya. Juga ketika alamat blog buku saya masuk buku Berguru pada Pesohor bareng teman-teman yang lain, itu salah satu peristiwa yang sampe sekarang bikin senyum-senyum sumringah (padahal ya cuma gitu doang sih). Sampe hal-hal kecil misalnya ngarep buntelan dari penerbit (apa kabar ordo buntelan? Masih eksis kah? Salam tiga jari dari eks ordo buntelan :P), ada juga ordo swap yang doyan barter buku, terus saling ngasih semangat kalo ada seseorang yang lagi mampet baca ato blogging. All of these things are nice indeed, right? I am really happy to be a part of this community.

Sedikit tentang BBI-ers (sekali lagi maaf kalo ada yang kelewatan, bukan karena sengaja lho).

Yang rajin bikin giveaway: Ren, Oky, Nana

Yang speed bacanya kecepatan cahaya: Threez, HobbyBuku, Stefanie Sugia, Desty

Yang lama vakum / jarang update: Noviane, Nophie, Althesia, Review Buku

Yang bacaannya bikin geleng-geleng: Ndari dan Listra

Fellow Classics Clubbers: Fanda, Bzee, Vannya, Made Melani, Hobby Buku, Althesia, Listra

 Sekarang, ijinkan saya menutup post ini dengan sebuah quote dari buku The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:

“We read books, talked books, argued over books, and became dearer and dearer to one another.”

 

I love you full, BBI! 😀

 

* Posting ini ditulis dalam rangka meramaikan Hari Blogger Nasional yang jatuh pada tanggal 27 Oktober lalu.

UPDATE: Ingin bergabung dengan BBI? Simak syarat-syarat dan cara bergabung di POST INI.

Weekend Quote #3

My Weekend Quote for this week is taken from Gitanjali (Song Offerings), a collection of poems in worship to God by Rabindranath Tagore. I read Gitanjali to take part in Blogger Buku Indonesia (BBI)’s monthly project, which is to post book reviews in certain themes. The theme this month is any work by Nobel laureates, and I chose Rabindranath Tagore, who was awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1913.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening
thought and action—
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

– from Gitanjali: 35

This is one poem that could stand on its own from the entire Gitanjali poems. A prayer Tagore sung for his country, and a prayer I will sing for mine too. That’s all I can share with you all right now, I will post further thoughts on Gitanjali on October 31st, 2012 along with other BBI members.

Happy weekend!

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

 

***A SMALL TRUTH***

I am haunted by this book.

Sit still, children. Death has a story to tell. It is about the book thief, who was but a fourteen year-old skinny German girl living in Nazi Germany, whose name was Liesel Meminger. The book thief first conducted her felony when she was nine, the day her little brother was buried in the snow. She, along with her mother and little brother, travelled down to Munich where foster parents would soon take over the care of the children. Or as we shall put it after Liesel’s brother death; only one child. Soon Liesel would separate from her mother and proceed to Himmel Street in Molching, and became foster daughter of Hans and Rosa Hubermann. What an unlikely couple the Hubermanns were, since Hans was the accordion-playing, fatherly-loving figure that Liesel would learn to love dearly soon, and Rosa was a lady rich with words (in which I mean swearing) and she liked to give Liesel a good watschen (which is a slap to one’s bottom). Liesel then learned to read with her beloved foster father, and continued book thievery; from Nazi book-burnings, from the mayor’s wife library and so on. One of her treasured books was The Standover Man, a gift from an unexpected guest for the Hubermanns who came one night, Max Vandenburg. Max was a Jewish fist fighter whose father once fought alongside Hans on World War I. He sought help from the Hubermanns that they would hide him in their house. They paid him the service, and Max then became an important part of the Hubermann family. Max’s presence seemed to bind everyone closer and Liesel became his best friend when he did not even dare to imagine having one. The story then takes readers to witness the struggles the Hubermanns were having for  hiding a Jew, and how the residents of Molching dealt with bomb-droppings on their homes, and how Liesel’s love for books helped them endure the sufferings because of  war. Clearly, an end awaits all of them, Jew or not Jew. An end where lies an enormous possibility that Death is already waiting.

 “They watched the Jews come down the road like a catalog of colors. That wasn’t how the book thief described them, but I can tell you that that’s exactly what they were, for many of them would die. They would each greet me like their last true friend, with bones like smoke and their souls trailing behind.”

 As the main character, Liesel was nothing special. What made her special is the relationship that grew between her and other characters: with Hans Hubermann, with Max, with her ‘boyfriend’; the lemon-haired Rudy Steiner, with the mayor’s wife, and even with Rosa Hubermann, who we would later realize that she could love as much as any other characters in the book.

I love Markus Zusak’s writing style in this book tremendously, despite of some people who call it abnormal, especially for his style of personifying things or figurative language. For me, it’s original and captivating. Dark and gloomy as it is, the author kept the book true and honest, without any unnecessary sweetness. The author’s imagination in making Death the narrator is brilliant. And it made me think, could it be that Death is not as evil as we all think? He’s just doing his job, right?

This book is one of the very few books that can actually make me cry. I’m more of a visual person who cries more easily when seeing an emotional scene, rather than reading one. Yes, I cried at the end of the book. It wasn’t until I reached the last 100 pages that I decided that this book deserves my perfect rating. I think the author kept his best for last. Therefore, five stars.

“It’s probably fair to say that in all the years of Hitler’s reign, no person was able to serve the Führer as loyally as me. A human doesn’t have a heart like mine. The human heart is a line, whereas my own is a circle, and I have the endless ability to be in the right place at the right time. The consequence of this is that I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both. Still, they have one thing I envy. Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.”

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 Book details:
“The Book Thief”, by Markus Zusak
552 pages Paperback, published 2007 by Knopf
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Kutipan Buku: Perpustakaan Ajaib Bibbi Bokken

Sebuah buku adalah dunia ajaib penuh simbol yang menghidupkan kembali si mati dan memberikan hadiah kehidupan yang kekal kepada yang masih hidup. Sungguh tak dapat dibayangkan, fantastis, dan “ajaib” bahwa kedua puluh enam huruf dalam alfabet kita bisa dipadukan sedemikian rupa sehingga bisa memenuhi rak raksasa dengan buku-buku dan membawa kita ke sebuah dunia yang tak berujung. Dunia yang selalu bertumbuh dan bertumbuh, selama masih ada manusia di muka bumi ini.

Aku melihat ke bagian atas dinding dan selama beberapa saat merasa seolah buku-buku tersebut menatapku. Ya, seolah mereka bernyawa, dan memanggil: “Datanglah kepada kami! Jangan takut! Kemarilah!”

Tiba-tiba aku lapar sekali. Bukan lapar akan makanan, melainkan akan segenap kata-kata yang tersembunyi di rak-rak tersebut. Tapi, aku tahu: seberapa banyak aku membaca seumur hidupku, aku tak akan pernah mampu membaca sepermiliar dari seluruh kalimat yang tertuliskan. Sebab, di dunia ini terdapat begitu banyak kalimat seperti banyaknya bintang di langit sana. Dan, kalimat-kalimat akan selalu bertambah dan akan menjadi semakin banyak sepanjang waktu laksana sebuah ruang yang tak pernah berujung.

Namun, pada saat itu aku pun tahu bahwa setiap kali membuka sebuah buku, aku akan bisa memandang sepetak langit. Dan, jika membaca sebuah kalimat baru, aku akan sedikit lebih banyak tahu dibandingkan sebelumnya. Dan, segala yang kubaca akan membuat dunia dan diriku sendiri menjadi lebih besar dan luas. Selama beberapa saat, aku melongok ke dalam dunia buku yang fantastis dan berdaya magis.

 

“Perpustakaan Ajaib Bibbi Bokken” oleh Jostein Gaarder & Klaus Hagerup, Mizan Gold Edition, hal. 228-230

Me and Literary Character Quizzes

I love taking quizzes. A lot of times they do not represent you the way you are, but I still got surprised often at their results, particularly the Literary Character Quizzes I took below. I took them just for fun!

Quiz 1: Oxford Dictionaries.com

Dido and Aeneas (detail), by Pierre-Narcisse Guerin
(1774-1833), French Neoclassical painter

You are Dido. A strong woman, you can achieve almost anything if you put your mind to it. You inspire loyalty and confidence in others and are generous to those in need. However, you can be overly sensitive and find rejection difficult to handle.

Quiz 2: AbeBooks.com

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, The Lady of Light, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy

You are Galadriel from the trilogy The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Recently played by Cate Blanchett in the epic movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, you are a strong woman and you know what you want. You are a visionary with grand ideas.

The Lord of the Rings is an epic trilogy which is often considered to portray the mythic past of England. Published in three volumes in 1954 and 1955, the story is part of the mythology that Tolkien had been working on in 1917. Another well-known work that precedes this is The Hobbit.

Quiz 3: Hello Quizzy

The very beautiful Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy Darling in the 2003 version of live-action Peter Pan

Wendy Darling

Good, Human, Side Thinker

You are basically good.  Overcoming selfish desires or cruel ways, you focus on doing the right thing, when possible, and acting in a way to benefit everyone.  You recognize your human weaknesses and imperfections, and are able to respond to them in well balanced ways.  You are clever and analytical.  You think about various angles of something, and you calculate the best way to achieve goals.

Kind, generous, and even motherly, Wendy serves as the only mother the Lost Boys have ever known.  Strong willed, still, but ready for adventure, Wendy is both child and woman, and slowly bridging the gap in her own life.  She is quick witted and can come up with new ways of helping the situation along, often in ways that had never be thought of before.

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My Thoughts:

The first quiz made me wonder of Dido. Yes, I haven’t read Aeneid and never was interested in classic Greek literature before, until now. It seems to me that she is an admirable fictional lady ;). The result of the second quiz surprised me quite. I always consider myself more rebel-hearted like Eowyn and I envy Arwen’s ability of loving; honestly I am not like Galadriel at all! The third quiz: I love that Wendy is “both child and woman”. Wendy is, I think, the fictional character that represents me best from all three results of quizzes. The other two is just way too high and unreachable for me.

I also took three literary character quizzes some time ago, and they revealed that I am Anna Karenina (Which Female Classic Literary Character Are You? Quiz), Esther Summerson (What Dickens Character Are You? Quiz) , and Marianne Dashwood (Jane Austen Character Quiz).

Which one represents me best? Tadaaa, it is Marianne Dashwood! 😀

Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (1995)

I may take literary character quizzes again in the future, this time for male characters. I think it would be fun and interesting!

Thanks to Ao Biblioclassique that inspired this post! 🙂

Let’s Read Plays Reading Event: My List

Maybe you guys are sick and tired already of reading posts about me joining reading challenges and reading events in this blog. As I wrote in my previous post that for now I want to slow things down because I have a lot to do with my life besides reading and blogging, but I can’t deny that I still have a thirst to explore.

 

This yearlong Let’s Read Plays (LRP) event hosted by Fanda Classiclit and Ngidam Buku gives me a chance in exploring what once I was horrified with, which is Shakespeare plays. Born and grew up in a country that doesn’t include plays –especially  Shakespeare’s works– in their school curriculum, to me the name sounds interesting, enchanting, and at the same time terrifying.

 

Knowing that I got some friends aboard (in this reading event) helped putting the thought that I can nail this. At least I got to give it a try. The good news is, not only Shakespeare, participants of LRP are also given a chance to explore plays written by other authors.

Below is my reading plan for LRP event:

November 2012: Shakespeare’s Tragedy: Julius Caesar — READ

December 2012: Shakespeare’s Comedy: Twelfth Night — READ

January 2013: Freebie: Our Town by Thornton Wilder — READ

February 2013: Shakespeare’s History: Richard III

March 2013: Greek: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles — READ

April 2013: Shakespeare’s Comedy: The Winter’s Tale

May 2013: Shakespeare’s Tragedy: Romeo and Juliet

June 2013: Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest — READ

July 2013: Other author: The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder

August 2013: Shakespeare’s Comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

September 2013: Freebie: An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

October 2013: Shakespeare’s Tragedy: King Lear

Note: The list above is still subject to change! 😉

For more information on LRP reading event, please head on to this post. It’ll be delightful to have you joining us in this reading event!