Monday, October 30, 2006

The Merchant of Venice

Our October 2006 book was The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. It is a "Denise Pick."

Click on the book to learn more at Amazon.

Menu: polenta bites with caramelized mushrooms, Venetian sausage bites, dark chocolate, pesto-cheese spread with homemade bread, mozzarella and tomato slices with basil sauce, chocolate bundt cake, and pumpkin cheesecake

1 comment:

  1. Ah, it's easy to forget how readable and beautiful Shakespeare can be. Many think you can only read it in a college course, but not so!

    His writing is so lyrical and rich and gorgeous that you're easily and comfortably drawn in more than you might expect. And the stories themselves are timeless classics.

    This is one of my favorites--the soliloquies are beautiful and thought provoking and address the balance of justice and mercy. It's not terribly dark (it is, after all, considered a comedy), but still has some elements.

    I've read this one several times and it's interesting to me how differently I regard the characters with every reading. If it's been a while, pick up some Shakespeare and give it a go. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised and pleased.