Another late post – but under the wire (except perhaps overseas – my apologies.
It’s a Bard-a-palooza this week with a sonnet, Some Lear – all rounded out with the ongoing saga of Tom Jones.
From King Lear two speeches by Cordelia and Goneril , by William Shakespeare
Read by Diane Havens
Flattery may get you somewhere especially with those who only hear what they want to hear. Cordelia didn’t play that game with her father, King Lear, and so was disinherited — but once Goneril and Regan had what they wanted from him, they wanted little to do with a troublesome old man.
Sonnet No. 130 – My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun, by William Shakespeare
Read by Xe Sands
You know, I have no particular reason for choosing this one this week, other than I had yet to record any Shakespeare and have always enjoyed the message of this one. Seems especially relevant these days, in a cultural climate of obsession with physical beauty and “perfection.”
*image courtesy of Swamibu – licensed under CC BY-NC
Tom Jones – Book 5, Chapter 11, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 5 Chapter 11 of Tom Jones.
This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.
Another epic fistfight this week! No, there’s no disinterment of a fresh grave and no use of bones as clubs. Just good ol’ fashioned fisticuffs. Thwackum and Blifil gang up on Tom. Tom takes out Bilfil early, and applies himself to the side of beef that is Thwackum. Thwackum tires Tom out, and pretty soon it’s back to two on one! Then Squire Western shows up and totally evens the odds!!! Okay, Fielding himself says it’s much easier to watch a fight than to read one or describe one. Suffice it to say, Western helps Tom out to victory.