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Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Made Easy) Paperback – 1985


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812035720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812035728
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Newbia on June 29 2004
Format: Paperback
This is only partially a review of the story, but mostly a review on how much I love the No Fear series. It's SO useful. You have Shakespeare on one page, and the 'translation' into modern English on one page. I understand Shakespeare so much better now. I thought I understood Shakespeare when I read version where you have a footnote at the bottom saying what 'grandshire phrase' or something means. I did get the gist of it, but now I understand what the characters are saying and feeling, and I get all the little jokes. I can appreciate Shakespeare now, which was impossible before (then again, I'm only 12, it's probably easier for other people).
Not to mention in other versions I would read a little bit, glance down at the footnotes, read, glance down, re-read to find the word in the footnote, et cetera and it was very tedious. Now I just read a page of Shakespeare and then a page of modern, or vice versa. I do vice versa because then I understand how the character feels before reading the lines out loud, making this version very useful for putting on the play.
There is one problem. In most editions, you have various essays and notes. They don't have this in here. I don't take of stars for this because I personally never read the essays, but some people might.
Anyway, the story itself. Shakespeare is very poetic, and you can appreciate it more if you know what he's talking about. How ever, I hate 'love at first sight' with a burning passion. If you get over that, the characters and plot are engaging.
I read this because I was in the play. But this edition is so good I'm going to read other Shakespeare plays for my own enjoyment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 5 2010
Format: Paperback
Two teenagers from rival families fall in love, marry secretly, and take their own lives rather than live without each other. Despite the teenage melodrama, "Romeo and Juliet" remains one of Shakespeare's most enduring and popular plays, even if it wasn't his best -- lots of death, teen lovers and enchanting dialogue.

In the city of Verona, the Montagues and Capulets are locked in a deadly feud. Then a Montague teen named Romeo, infatuated with a Capulet girl named Rosaline, sneaks into a party to see her.... but instead encounters another Capulet girl named Juliet, and the two immediately fall in love. Since their families hate each other, their love must be expressed in secret.

Hoping to unite the two families, the kindly priest Friar Lawrence assists the two in marrying in secret. But then Juliet's cousin Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel, leading to the death of two men -- and Romeo's exile from Verona. Even worse, the Capulets have decided to marry Juliet to Count Paris -- leading to a desperate plan that goes horribly awry.

"Romeo and Juliet" is a play that is hard to pin down -- some see it as the poetry-laden embodiment of romantic love, while others view it as Shakespeare's witty jabs at fickle teenage infatuation and how melodramatic the kids are (Juliet is only thirteen!). But whatever you think it is, it's undeniable that it's a beautifully written, often-wrenching story.

Despite the simplicity of the story, Shakespeare spins it in a silken web of lush poetry ("O swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon/That monthly changes in her circled orb") and the famous speeches where Romeo and Juliet speak at night on a balcony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Ratti on Nov. 24 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i read this book a few times while in high school and picked up on a few of the plays on words. then my high school did it as a play (as most other high schools do) and i was an usher/concession stand type person and had to sit through it many times. what it was truly about started to sink in after all of those viewings. in the play romeo is seventeen and juliet is fourteen. before they even meet romeo is lovesick over his dear rosalyn, but once he sees juliet at the party he immediately takes a liking to her. he bases all of his feelings on her physical beauty. they never really get to know eachother. they lust after one another and rebelliously marry eachother. then they kill themselves only as overdramatic teenagers, who think the world revolves around them and that they know everything, can. this is not a great love story. it's two teenagers who have crushes on one another taking it to the extreme.
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By J Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 5 2011
Format: Paperback
Romeo and Juliet is likely the best known of Shakespeare's plays. As few have not heard of either Romeo or Juliet. The story has been modernized many times. Perhaps most successfully as the musical West Side Story. But, seen from the perspective of his total body of work it falls somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Romeo and Juliet is a cute story but it lacks the substance of many of Shakespeare's other works. Romeo and Juliet does have a story that transcends time. There is nothing more universal than young love and family conflict. Everyone can relate to the passion of their first romantic connection. It also has several wonderful monologues from Juliet, Mercutio and the nurse and of coarse Romeo. This is great tool for the budding actor and I would never discourage anyone from ready any Shakespeare play but there are many others to consider.

If you are looking for a facinating love story try Othello. If you would like a comedy try a Midsummer Night's Dream. For a great drama tray The Merchant of Venice or MacBeth. Shakespeare has a lot to offer so try some of the lesser know plays if you are looking for something to delve into on a quiet weekend.

Visit my other reviews for more on Shakespeare's works.
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