Essays on Indian and world literature Wednesday, October 19, A Harold Pinter story The closest I ever came to Harold Pinter - the plays, that is, not the man - was during my days as a college student in Delhi some years ago, a marvellously happy and carefree time of life. I was a minor member of the college dramatics society, carrying out various kinds of backstage work while my actor friends performed, and ferrying bread pakoras from the college canteen to them while they rehearsed. This almost daily contact with the world of theatre - watching play texts being performed dozens of times in rehearsal, observing the way actors gave life to their lines and used their bodies, spending a great deal of time in darkness stageside scrabbling around with light controls - made me more interested in drama than in any other form, except perhaps poetry. In addition to all the playwrights on my English degree syllabus - Sophocles, Shakespeare, Congreve, Bernard Shaw, Beckett - I fished around in bookshops and libraries and there were two excellent ones, the British Council library and the Max Mueller Centre library, just down the road from our flat in Connaught Place, a great privilege looking for other plays to read.
He started with his daughter and then son. So writing a book about teaching Shakespeare to kids may have seemed natural: Your book reinvigorated Shakespeare for me, to see his work with fresh eyes.
My experience of Shakespeare was dry and hard work at school. How do you convince an adult that Shakespeare is relevant to his or her child if her experience has been similar to mine? Yours is not an untypical journey. This is especially true for kids at a very young age, like 6 to So what my book tries to do is expose both kids and their parents to the beauties and intelligence — and just plain fun — of Shakespeare with no prior knowledge required.
I had a wonderful meeting recently with an Englishman who has become a very successful businessman in an area totally unrelated to literature.
It was only later in life, in his late 30s, that he discovered and fell in love with Shakespeare for the first time.
How did he do it? He told me that he used to take a group of his employees to London once a year for a blow-out day of fun and food and entertainment, so they could spend some real quality time together.
But about 20 years ago, they were on the South Bank in London and passed The Globe Theater, and tickets were available. And for my friend and his companions, it was like a revelation. He said it was like a mist that disappeared from before his eyes.
Shakespeare has enriched his life — as it enriches the lives of all of us who have had this kind of opportunity. Good actors tell the stories clearly, in a straight line, so that the audience can understand every word.
Do you hear back from adults with similar revelations after reading your book? Writing this book was a labor of love. Believe me, no one has ever made a living writing a book about Shakespeare.
But you do it because you love it so much and you want to share it with the world. And the best part has been when people write to me and say, "Oh, my gosh! I was teaching it to my son and daughter and we all started understanding it together and now we all love it!
But oh my gosh! First, read a few lines — the ones I suggest in the first chapter. Simple, beautiful lines from a simple, understandable passage. It simply describes a place in a forest where the magical Fairy Queen of the forest sleeps at night.
When my children first heard about all this, they were struck dumb with excitement. What could be a better story for a youngster than a story about a magic forest, a mischievous fairy sprite and a beautiful princess?
As the book says, make sure that you and your kids understand every word in the passage — and then memorize it, which you can do in about ten minutes.Postmodern irony and detachment in Thomas Pynchon’s V a comparison between Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and The Lord of the Flies 5.
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