What’s New On My Bookshelf

Thanks to my creative writing subject at my university I got to acquire a whole bunch of new books to read and analyse.

Six psychical books in total ranging from ancient Greek texts to turn of the century plays and poetry.

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The Odyssey By Homer

Lysistrata and other plays By Aristophanes

Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens

Five Plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard By Anton Chekhov

I Capture the Castle By Dodie Smith

Mullumbimby By Melissa Lucashenko

Let’s talk for a second about the Odyssey.
You need to commit to this one. For a work that has lasted throughout time and has been translated over and over, studied and analysed again and again, it is one huge bore. I mean, its a book about a man’s journey home after twenty years and let me tell you, half way through you’ll start feeling like it’s been twenty years since you began the first page. Not to say that the writing isn’t brilliant or that i don’t see why it’s lasted as long as it has, it’s just that it’s also mind-numbingly dull. If you’re up for a challenge and like to conquer mountains, this book is for you.

Lysistrata is, to put it simply, hilariously brilliant. I wasn’t expecting half of what i got from this masterpiece. All you need to know about this play is that it is about ancient Greek women stopping a war by refusing to have sex with their husbands. That and giant phallus’, everywhere.

I’m currently working my way through the other four as the session goes on, but they all look like promising reads!

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