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BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

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The September selection for the Shakespeare Book Club will be Julius Caesar!  Come join us in reading and discussing this popular play beginning September 2nd.

 

The play was the first one performed in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.  The Barnes & Noble edition description says, "It dramatizes the most controversial event in ancient history, the assassination of Julius Caesar." 

 

In this upcoming election season when many people's focus will be on the role of government and leadership in the lives of citizens, the play offers much to think about concerning these and other themes. 

 

Whether you are reading the play for the first time as a high school student, are re-reading it after many years, or are approaching the play for the first time as an adult, we hope you'll join us for a stimulating and informative discussion!

 

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Julius Caesar

Looking forward to re-reading Julius Caesar after many many years.  I read it my sophomore year of high school and remember it being an easier read than I had anticipated.  Of course, that was the year of British Lit, we had already tackled Beowulf, the Rime of the Ancient Marnier, and Canterbury Tales among others - so I guess it was all relative.  :smileywink:
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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Connie K wrote:  It dramatizes the most controversial event in ancient history, the assassination of Julius Caesar.

 

Ooh, what a delightfully controversial remark!  The most controversial event, eh?  Hmmmmmmm....  :smileyhappy:

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

What a great way to describe your reasoning for selecting this play.  I often watch or read the news and label the actions of the people as the characters of Caesar.  Unfortunately, I keep seeing Mark Antony in most news articles.

 

What a shame.

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

I've never read Julius Cesear but I'm looking forward to it!
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Re: Julius Caesar

Glad to hear it, LizzieAnn!  I think this is a typical play taught in high school, so a re-read will be interesting for many of us!

 

~ConnieK

 

 


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Looking forward to re-reading Julius Caesar after many many years.  I read it my sophomore year of high school and remember it being an easier read than I had anticipated.  Of course, that was the year of British Lit, we had already tackled Beowulf, the Rime of the Ancient Marnier, and Canterbury Tales among others - so I guess it was all relative.  :smileywink:

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

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I didn't say that, EM--that's a quote from the BN.com description of the BN edition!  :smileywink:  [Edit:  But I see I didn't note that distinction in my original announcement, so I've gone back to edit--thanks Everyman!].

 

Even so, your taking up the 'controversial statement' is something to indeed look forward to reading next month!

 

~ConnieK

 

 


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Connie K wrote:  It dramatizes the most controversial event in ancient history, the assassination of Julius Caesar.

 

Ooh, what a delightfully controversial remark!  The most controversial event, eh?  Hmmmmmmm....  :smileyhappy:


 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Hi, Benedict--There are not always direct, one-for-one parallels in the news of the current day with great literature, to be sure, but the general atmosphere of the upcoming election season may help American readers, especially, stop and notice aspects of the play that they may like to highlight for discussion in light of current events. 

 

Thanks!

 

~ConnieK

 

 


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What a great way to describe your reasoning for selecting this play.  I often watch or read the news and label the actions of the people as the characters of Caesar.  Unfortunately, I keep seeing Mark Antony in most news articles.

 

What a shame.


 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Welcome, AbsolutePirate!  Glad to hear you'll be joining us.  Do you have a complete Shakespeare to read from, or do you plan to get a newer edition of the play to read?

 

~ConnieK

 

 


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I've never read Julius Cesear but I'm looking forward to it!

 

 

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

I assume that when we get to the actual discussion of the play, you will explain why you say "unfortunately."   :manvery-happy:


Benedict wrote:

What a great way to describe your reasoning for selecting this play.  I often watch or read the news and label the actions of the people as the characters of Caesar.  Unfortunately, I keep seeing Mark Antony in most news articles.

 

What a shame.


 

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

I'll be joining too. I haven't read Julius Caesar. I'm doing a self-challenge to complete The Teaching Company's William Shakespeare: Comedies Histories and Tragedies course in the next year. So I'm thrilled to find some company on my journey!
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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Isn't that a great course?  I just love Saccio.  He combines enormous knowledge with such a love for teaching about S that it's impossible not to have a great time learning from him. 


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I'll be joining too. I haven't read Julius Caesar. I'm doing a self-challenge to complete The Teaching Company's William Shakespeare: Comedies Histories and Tragedies course in the next year. So I'm thrilled to find some company on my journey!

 

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

I haven't been on the Boards for a while, but will definately chime in on this one!  I haven't read it for a while either, I think it was in my Sophmore High School English Class as well!
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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Welcome back, book-nut!  It'll be great having you back around for Julius Caesar!  It's sounding like there are some fires brewing for our discussion already!

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

 

:smileyhappy:Excellent selection for the first play!

 

I'm looking forward to our future discussions regarding Julius Caesar.

 

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Glad to have you aboard with us in September, MedMan!  I'm looking forward to it, as well.  Thanks for your support of the club.

 

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:smileyhappy:Excellent selection for the first play!

 

I'm looking forward to our future discussions regarding Julius Caesar.

 

 


 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

I'll try to be here, too.  And also for me, it was sophomore year in high school.  We had Merchant of Venice freshman year, Macbeth junior year, and Hamlet senior year. 
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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Welcome, va-BBoomer!

 

I think it will be interesting to see how we all think about this play for those of us who haven't read it since all the way back then!  We look forward to your input!

 

~ConnieK

 

 


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I'll try to be here, too.  And also for me, it was sophomore year in high school.  We had Merchant of Venice freshman year, Macbeth junior year, and Hamlet senior year. 

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Great Caesar's Ghost!!!  It has been a couple of years since I taught this one, so it will be fun to revisit.

 

Looking forward to it.

 

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Re: BN.com Announces September Selection for Shakespeare Book Club!

Ha!  Glad to have you aboard, MrPleshko!  Feel free to 'teach' us (or not!) when you get here, too!  We all have much to learn and relearn!

 

~ConnieK

 

 


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Great Caesar's Ghost!!!  It has been a couple of years since I taught this one, so it will be fun to revisit.

 

Looking forward to it.

 

Kevin 


 

 
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