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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Alice Reads: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by Shakespeare

This is a Dover Thrift Edition and is an unabridged republication.

BACK COVER EXCERPT: Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most imaginative and exuberant comedies, contrasting two pairs of lovers in a witty and suspenseful battle of the sexes. Attracted to each other, the maddeningly skeptical Beatrice and Benedick are dead-locked in a lively war of words until their friends hatch a plot to unite them.

The mutually devoted Hero and Claudio, on the other hand, all too quickly fall victims to a malicious plot to part them. Near-fatal complications ensue, but with the help of the hilarious Constable Dogberry and his confederates, the lovers are ultimately reunited.

1 January 2013: I began the new year and kick-started my Italian Reading Challenge by reading Much Ado About Nothing. I picked this title because it is "set in Messina, a port on the island of Sicily, which is next to the toe of Italy. Sicily was ruled by Aragon at the time the play was set. The action of the play takes place mainly at the home and on the grounds of Leonato's Estate." (Source: Wikipedia)

When I did a search on the Internet for some of the acts and scenes, I found a few and they're cool! Source: Internet Shakespeare Edition

Join me in the Italian Reading Challenge if you so wish. Click here, sign up on Mr. Linky and let's cheer each other on!


  1. Happy New Year Alice! I like your new blog header. I love Shakespeare, I can just dip in and out of his work from time to time. Romeo and Juliet has always been my favorite of his. Happy reading.

    1. Happy New Year, Naida! Thank youuuu... I did think to start with Romeo and Juliet but since it's a tragedy, I decided to start with this one which is a comedy. Haha! Happy reading to you too!

  2. I saw the movie version of this book and LOVED it. It is so witty and funny.

    1. Hi Laura! I'm going to have to hunt that movie down. I'm loving the book at the mo!

  3. I saw this performed while I was in college and enjoyed it. I should try reading the play.

  4. This is one of Shakespeare's plays that I haven't read but I'm sure I will one day!


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