Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Posted 27 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

A young woman flees Athens with her lover, only to be pursued by her would-be husband and by her best friend. Unwittingly, all four find themselves in an enchanted forest where fairies and sprites soon take an interest in human affairs, dispensing magical love potions and casting mischievous spells. In this dazzling comedy, confusion ends in harmony, as love is transformed, misplaced, and – ultimately – restored.

It’s June and the start of summer so I figured now was a good time to read this play…The title is just perfect with the season šŸ™‚

This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

I honestly am not sure what I just read with this play. The word that came to mind when I finished reading it was “trippy” (and someone described it as such as well a while back on a Top Ten Tuesday list): fairies, enchantments, familiar tropes of mistaken identities and crazy mishaps. There were some good moments and interesting lines here and there between the principle characters of this play, and the play-within-the-play was interesting, though it got redundant after a while. The main story obviously had its own obstacles to overcome–that of Lysander and Hermia–but the segway madness wasn’t as interesting to me and I didn’t really find it as funny as people found it to be (I’m a tough person to amuse, I know *le sigh*).

But despite of its trippiness, the general lightheardness of the novel was a nice change of pace for me, especially as the most recent Shakespeare plays I read were histories and dealt with some very sombre themes. I did however find this particular play to be different from the other Shaekspeare comedies I’ve read as well; I don’t know if it’s because it was set in Ancient Greece or because there were fairies and wood nymphs involved and playing tricks (which shouldn’t be too weird as I did read The Tempest (review) earlier this year).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an okay read for me overall; I didn’t dislike it or anything but I wasn’t compelled or engrossed by it either. If anything, I think this play affirmed that I’m more of a tragedy girl when it comes to Shakespeare–I like the drama, the theatrics, the conflict between and within characters šŸ˜›

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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4 Responses to “Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

  1. You’re right, I’m definitely more into Shakespeare’s tragedies although I reserve a special affection for Twelfth Night. However, Macbeth is probably my most favorite play of his. šŸ™‚

    • Same here about Twelfth Night! (and The Merchant of Venice) šŸ˜€ Hmm, favourite tragedy for me…Macbeth was a good one, I also have a fondness for Hamlet (probably because of the themes), Julius Caesar is a new favourite…and I’m pretty sure I’m missing one in the mix, lol.

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