— Shawn Isikli
Fuenteovejuna was an entertaining read, the story seemed like it could be a part of modern-day media and the story seems kind of like a video game I played. I enjoyed the work, however, I did not enjoy it as much as I could have. During the pandemic all my readings transitioned to online, which is okay, but I prefer holding an actual book when I read. Before the quarantine I would go to the library to read all my assignments, which meant I actually got to hold the book. Since I would not want to go to the library multiple times for an assignment I would usually just read the whole assignment in one sitting. Sometimes, I would read next week’s assignment in the library just in one sitting. Reading everything at once generally makes the story flow smoother, but since I am in quarantine I manage my time more so that I do not read everything at once. Touching the book itself also forces myself to focus on the text and being online really distracts me sometimes. Fuenteovejuna was a good work, but under the circumstances of the quarantine I was not able to enjoy it as much. Oddly, a benefit of being less focused on the reading when it is online I re-read some portions quite often. I then noticed things in the reading that I probably would not have noticed immediately otherwise. For example, while reading the work the first time online I thought the commander and Fernán Gómez de Guzmán were not the same person. A silly mistake that I figured out once I re-read the work, but it possibly would have taken a bit longer if I just continued reading. I usually do not like re-reading, but since I split my work online in a certain way I would really be lost if I did not. Lastly, when I read the work at home I usually read it in a bed which gets me really tired whereas in the library I sit in a fairly comfortable chair but not nearly comfortable enough for me to nap on it.