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Did you read Willy or go straight for Moore?
Yes, I read all of Shakespeare's works as soon as the AG told us he was writing something about it.
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No, who's got time for Shakespeare when there's a new Chris Moore book?!?
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Jillopy



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I was just wondering how many of you read or re-read Shakespeare before reading Fool.

I didn't and really don't remember much of the Shakespeare that I did read in high school. Am I missing out on a lot of references?
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To be honest, I don't think I've ever read Lear.

EDIT: To answer your second question about missing anything, I don't think I can really say for certain but I'm guessing that other than going "Oh! That's from Romeo and Juliette!" that you're not missing much.


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mllefifi



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You should add a third choice: "Did you read Lear before reading Fool?"

That's what I did, 'cause I couldn't remember much of the story from the PBS broadcast I saw several years ago.

We read other Shakespeare plays in high school and undergrad school.
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What about between? I read 'Fool' from the travelling ARC, then 'Lear', then read 'Fool' again. I think 'Fool' was better the second time around because I was able to appreciate how smoothly 'Fool' moved back and forth between being background and foreground of the play.

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Jillopy



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Feef -- it won't let me edit the poll. Just take option 1 as reading any Shakespeare instead of all his works. Okay? Ok.
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Yet another option for the unmodifiable poll:

No. I don't need to re-read Shakespeare because apparently my degree in the Medieval and Renaissance period does more than allow me to say "Would you like fries with that?" in Old English.
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Vahlee



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I didn't reread King Lear. I have been exposed to it rather recently, so did not feel the need to do so.
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I read it before so I'd be good to go for the project-
you know, at least have an idea of potential songs for the CD-
but unless you're in some way being quizzed on it, there's no need...

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girlEgirl



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ive never been able to get through it, in fact the first few pages of "fool" kinda scared me, but then it just flowed like blood into a syringe. i think its his best book so far. not only do i hate shakespeare but think the presences of sex in the plotline in any story is a waste of paper. but even though this is a shakespeare styled bonkfest, it was just so awesome that i cant stop telling everyone how good it is.

pocket is chris right?
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zendao42



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Dude, you must have huge pockets if you can fit the AG in there! Shocked


Psst! Sex is a lot more fun to do than read about
but the right author can turn a statistical manual into a laugh riot... Wink

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I never even glanced at Lear before reading Fool unless I unpacked one from a box at the bookstore at some point.

I did, however, look it up on Wikipedia afterwards. I think I'll stick with Fool.
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zendao42



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Hmmmm, maybe this'll be of interest to somebody:

http://www.applelinks.com/index.php/more/juicy_development_introduces_bard_that_10_for_iphone_and_ipod_touch/


I don't remember seeing it anywhere else in here-
sorry if it's already been posted...

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tirusthevirus



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I read Lear only about a year before I read Fool, so it was still fresh. I took a course on Shakespeare in university, and Lear of course was one of the plays we studied. We didn't do a single sonnet, which I thought was bullshit. How can you do Bill without doing sonnets?
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mllefifi



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It's okay to read the play afterhand, too.

Just sayin'.
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Sean



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I finished Lear and started Fool on the same day. I also have Ian McKellen's Lear on DVR that I started watching yesterday. I was glad I read it beforehand. I think it gave me a deeper appreciation for what the AG accomplished with Fool. Brilliant.
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