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Friday, July 1, 2016

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Titus Andronicus

Book Title: Titus Andronicus

Author: Shakespeare

Reviewed By: Laura K.

Rafe Esquith, an acclaimed inner-city teacher mentioned that he had his students perform this play. He noted that it was a challenging book. The fact that inner city jr. high kids had read this book encouraged me that it was readable. Because there was no side-by-side version on the shelf, after reading some of the book, I consulted online Sparknotes. This gave clarity on the thrust of the book.

Why I Picked it Up: Rafe Esquith's recommendation in 'Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire' or one of his other books. I've read several of his books.

Why I Finished It: Partly for the reading program, partly for cultural literacy, expanding my knowledge of Shakespeare's works.

I’d Give this Book To: Definitely not for the squeamish. As Sparknotes mentions, there's some violence such as a murder, rape, removal of some body part, or other vengeful violence on nearly every page. Read this if you like violent thrillers. No major surprises, but a quirky, short Shakespeare book.

Find Titus Andronicus in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! There's still time to submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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