As I went through the isles of the book store, grabbing the text books that was required for my classes, I stopped in the ASC isle, located the two books I needed. One of the books was titled “Copenhagen”, by the size of the book, I determined it was a short reading required of the class. Having reading books galore in my lifetime, I tend to judge books occasionally by their cover. I glanced at the Copenhagen book, and really didn’t understand the context behind the picture on the front. So I turned the book to the back to read the short excerpt provided by most reading books, and came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to like the book but I will get over it.
My ASC Introduction to University Life class was told we would have to read the book and our midterm will be over the reading. What immediately came to mind upon she noting that was “How are we suppose to read a play by ourselves?” All through out high school we always read plays together as a class, we were a unity when it came to reading plays and that made it so much more fun when everyone was a part. As I set one day trying to read the book, I felt as if I was schizophrenic trying to act the part of three characters and still remember what I read at the same time.
I would have t o say the book was very out of the ordinary after reading it all in one day, but at the same time I feel as though the book was completely over rated and gone about the wrong way. I think we should of have had class discussions on it, along with questions to help us along with it. We were not transitioned in the right way to start reading a mostly science influenced play by ourselves. In my opinion I think it wasn’t a difficult text to read, but it came off difficult, because of the language used, it not having a plot, while most books do to help the reader fully understand. I am not saying that we should not be challenged because this is college and we have to be prepared to just be able to go with the flow of everything and adjust later. So that is my opinion on if I liked the book.
Copenhagen was written in 1998 by the brilliant, phenomenal award-winning Michael Frayne, who has written numerous novels, plays, nonfictions, and translations. It has become a well known play first in London and now in the United States.
The play has no set location really, and all the real characters are actually dead, but their “spirits” on all the events to try and set the record straight of what actually happened in the 1941 meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. The actual play itself is fictional but is based on actual an event that has took place and historical figures. It can not be labeled a comedy or tragedy because it’s serious people going through serious situations, and handling serious business. With that in mind it can be some light be labeled a drama, with all the arguments and misunderstandings.
Copenhagen is about three characters by the name Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Margrethe...