A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings--as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AliceAnna - LibraryThing
Probably the best of Shakespeare's works thematically, but not the easiest to follow. The sub-plots, the various intrigues, makes for a very convoluted plot. Some great roles though -- Lear, Edgar ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BayardUS - LibraryThing
Having finally gotten around to reading the last of Shakespeare's major tragedies I'm pleased to find that King Lear (a conflated text) doesn't disappoint. Certainly one of the more complex ... Read full review