November was another course book heavy month...as I envision the next three years will be. However, I managed to sneak in a few books I read for pleasure. Not to say that I didn't enjoy some of my course books!
5. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
I wasn't a huge fan of this because of the huge chunks of stage direction laced throughout the play. However, watching an adaptation of this I truly loved. I'm starting to realise it's just reading plays I'm not overly fond of. I've usually like the stories but the format...nope.
In theory I should've loved this. The premise intrigued me from the off but I struggled with the writing style. So very much. Moll Flanders was easier to read than this! I do however love the cover on this...
This I love. I got the same feeling I had reading Deathnote and Tokyo Ghoul. Creeped out in the best way. This manga does deal with some incredibly heavy topics so I would put a trigger warning on this for suicide. However, the series is so action packed and such a clever idea. It takes the idea of an angel's arrows and completely subverts it. Highly highly recommend.
This is another novel I didn't expect to enjoy, but I ended up loving it. It's probably one of the earliest examples of magical realism among literary fiction. It follows a sixteen year old boy across four hundred years as he becomes a thirty-six year old woman. Woolf plays a lot with gender identity and how the clothes we wear 'perform' our gender. Great for analysis and just an all around interesting read.
This play is utterly hilarious...but not when you read it. In fact as you read it, it's incredibly bleak and dark. It's the performances that make them funny. Beckett's work lies within the category of the theatre of the absurd and thats a perfect definition for Endgame. This is one of the plays that I enjoyed the most out of our course. But still, wasn't my favourite.
This play is not for the faint hearted. There's an awful lot of swearing and sexual references. It is however an excellent piece of drama...and what I should be writing my essay on...instead I'm working on the blog. Whoops! I'll consider this a bit of revision then... Cloud Nine plays, much like Orlando, with the idea of gender as a binary concept. There's a lot of cross-casting in relation to gender but also to race and makes a mockery of some of the ridiculous constructs that are still in place today.