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    Senior year in high school I read Hamlet three times in a row.  Same with Moby Dick.  Assigned reading that I fell in love with.  I'd read Hamlet years before as I fell in love with the Olivier film that played again and again on the TV in my youth.  Still have the "readiness is all" speech up on the mirror in the bathroom.

    Read Tao Te Ching in what most be a dozen different translations and worked through the Chinese myself with dictionaries at least three or four times.

    Philip Whalen's two novels, You Didn't Even Try and Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head, I used to read every few years but haven't now for at least two decades.  Whalen as a poet is not as well known as he should be.  His novels aren't known at all.

    Also used to reread John Brunner's Sheep Look Up every few years, a dystopian ecological novel that was written in the late 1960s and is frighteningly accurate today, although I don't recall climate change figuring into it.

    •  Interesting list! (4+ / 0-)

      I used to re-read Macbeth a lot.  Something about the witches luring him in really got to me.

      His own ambition and his wife's...

      I don't know why I felt so attracted.

      Why do some characters in some books seem to call me back over and over again...not sure.

      I am glad you could come by!

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      by cfk on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:03:01 PM PDT

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      •  I dunno, cfk, but (2+ / 0-)
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        The Scottish Play is my favorite of Shakespeare's tragedies, too. (As a side note, I also love the theories about who REALLY killed the princes...if they were indeed murdered, which perhaps they were not.)

        I think I love MacBeth b/c it's short, it's terse, it's bloody, and it's straightforward. Never did like the one about that wimp from Denmark. ;-D

        English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

        by Youffraita on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:59:46 AM PDT

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