Gift Ideas – Drama

I love drama, I really do. I think theater plays can be read quickly but they usually need a second reading to fully understand them. The following, is my favourite (and no, it is not Shakespeare’s).

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play by Southern author Tennessee Williams. Basically, it is the story of two women in a decadent South, being Blanche DuBois the main character. She is too old to be single, too carless to keep the family’s properties and definitely, too sexually liberated for the 1940’s. But, when she pays her sister and her new husband a visit… everything will change.

I must admit that I decided to read A Streetcar Named Desire after two of my favourite actresses (Rachel Weisz and Cate Blanchett) played Blanche back in 2009 in two N.Y and London. In an interview, Weisz said (and I agree) that Blanche is everything, because Tennessee Williams created female characters that could be monsters, but many good things also. In fact, that is what I liked the most about the play, the complexity of its characters and the many emotions that they arise on the reader.

  • For whom – Adults interested on drama, those who like classics.
  • Price – $11 (Book Depository)
  • More comments – a second reading may be needed and the play invites the reader to reflect on the plot.

30 Day Book Meme

Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy                                                                                          Day 06 – A book that makes you sad                                                                                                 Day 07 – Most underrated book                                                                                                        Day 08 – Most overrated book                                                                                                            Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving                                                                                                                                                      Day 10 – Favorite classic book                                                                                                            Day 11 – A book you hated                                                                                                                     Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore                                                                     Day 13 – Your favorite writer                                                                                                                 Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer                                                                                 Day 15 – Favorite male character                                                                                                         Day 16 – Favorite female character                                                                                                    Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book                                                                            Day 18 – A book that disappointed you                                                                                             Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie                                                                                  Day 20 – Favorite romance book                                                                                                   Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood                                                                                  Day 22 – Favorite book you own                                                                                                         Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t All American classics: Little Women, everything Tennessee Williams/Arthur Miller/Paul Auster/Kate Chopin and especially, Huckleberry Finn. I think my English Literature degree doesn’t pay enough attention to American literature yet it’s very important in nowadays culture. So, American classics are part of my free-time reading time!

Book Sightings – January

Reading some of your blog entries and searching the net, I’ve come across some wonderful and interesting works:

Thanks to Short Story Addict, I discovered The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin by one of my favourite writers, Tennessee Williams. You can read James’ review here: it is fantastic. I hope I can get to read this short story as soon as I visit my college’s library next week. Also from his blog, I heard about The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway who I have studied this year. I got to admit I’m not Hemingway’s biggest fan, but this short story sounds interesting, very psychological. I think I will like it.

Agnes Grey is quite a popular work in some Victorian blogs out there, especially at  Every Book and Cranny (a highly recommended blog if you are into Victorian literature) I’ve read, mainly, good things, so being a Brontë fan, I think I should give it a try. However, it does not feel right yet since I’m starting three new literature courses in a week!

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen is everywhere. I’m heard a lot about it and I’ve seen some interesting people reading it. It seems Franzen is quite a hit in the USA, but in Europe he is not that big… yet. I hope to read his work this spring/summer. Can’t wait!

Have you discovered any books this week? Any more suggestions?

Best Books – 2010

2010 has been a great reading year. From compulsory readings at Uni to best-sellers to chillax, I’ve enjoyed every single page of every new book that has fallen into my hands. Here are the best ones:

  • Prose & Fiction:
  1. The Constant Gardener (John LeCarré) – It has everything: crimes, love, social criticism and a wonderful setting: Kenia.
  2. The Awakening (Kate Chopin) – The story of a woman who rebells against society in the early 20th century.
  3. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) – Life in the 1960’s was easy, if you were not African-American or a Southern Belle in Jacksonville. This is the story of those women.
  4. The Woman in Black (Susan Hill) – Simply disturbing. Dark, English setting with crimes, families and secrets.
  • Best Classic:
  1. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) – A Victorian tale focusing on a family and their relationship in an isolated moor. Victorianly scaring.
  • Theatre:
  1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Eugene O’Neill) – The story of a disfunctional family with autobiographical reminiscences.
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) -Blanche DuBois is the most remarkable character in drama. She is everything.
  • First graphic novel I’ve read:
  1. Tamara Drewe (Posy Simmonds) – After watching the movie, I couldn’t wait to read the graphic novel it was based in. Fantastically English.

What about yours? Has 2010 been a bookish year? I’d love any suggestions for 2011!! Write them below.