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A Midsummer Night's Dream (No Fear Shakespeare) [Paperback]

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July 3 2003 1586638483 978-1586638481

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of A Midsummer Night's Dream on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.


Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! Nov. 28 2013
By Noah
Great book I also have the Romeo and Juliet one. It is the only way I understand shakespeare and its great help for your assignments!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting parallel Oct. 13 2013
By dm68
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this so that some struglling readers would be able to participate in class. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, although it will still be used in the grade nine class for those students who have a hard time understanding Shakespeare.
For students reading at a lower level, I would recommend buying the children's book of Shakespeare's stories instead. There is also a graphic novel, although I prefer the children's version. It would depend on your goal. If you want the student to see Shakespeare's words, then this product would work. I wish it was around when I was learning Shakespeare!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book Oct. 19 2005
By Mel G. - Published on Amazon.com
This book is great. It does a great job of breaking down the text of "Midsummer" and telling what it really means. On one page is the actual text of the play; On the direct opposite page is the translation. The only translation I've found so far that is way out there is the translation of "Tary rash wanton...." The translation is "Wait a minute, you brazen hussy...." Now, HOW is that an understandable translation?? This is the only thing that puts a damper on a perfect score. While I was in a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," our director frequently had us refer to the book to figure out what in the world we were saying. I highly reccommend buying this book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! July 9 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The No Fear series allows quick understanding! I was going back and forth between reading the original first, and reading the modern first. Either way I read it, it made it easier to understand, faster to read, and very enjoyable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for students Dec 22 2012
By D. Fyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my son for his eight grade drama class. he liked because not only could he memorize his lines, there was also an explanation in present day English in the book of what each line meant. This an excellent tool for teaching and enhancing the enjoyment of Shakespeare
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ole Bard Has Quite a Sense of Humor Jan. 29 2010
By Big D - Published on Amazon.com
Never say Shakespeare didn't have a sense of humor. He even made fun of himself.

This book, this play, is a comedy, a parody on his tragedy "Romeo and Juliet." This is laugh-out-loud funny at times.

No Fear Shakespeare is the best way to read the Bard, and this book is no exception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for my teen's drama class Nov. 16 2007
By BzyMoogie - Published on Amazon.com
My teen joined a drama class two months ago, and the class is performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream". This is the book needed for this particular class, and it did help clear up some possible questions in the script. However, I did find that some things were over-translated; for example, in one scene, there is a mention made about false beards being the color of French crowns(either royalty, heads, or both), and a joke is made that some French crowns have no hair, but it is left at that. But the Plain English translation goes into a little *too* much detail, and mentions that it is because of syphilis. While this might be implied by the original statement, it does not actually mention this nowhere in the original play, and could confuse students; not to mention that the translation's statement could be a bit inappropriate. I still suggest that you learn the vocabulary, and study Shakespeare's language, but this is a good aid if you get stuck, and can help an actor or actress truly understand their characters.
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