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Romeo and Juliet [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare
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This is undoubtedly the greatest love story ever written, spawning a host of imitators on stage and screen, including Leonard Bernstein's smash musical West Side Story, Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet filmed in 1968, and Baz Luhrmann's postmodern film version Romeo + Juliet. The tragic feud between "Two households, both alike in dignity/In fair Verona", the Montagues and Capulets, which ultimately kills the two young "star-crossed lovers" and their "death-marked love" creates issues which have fascinated subsequent generations. The play deals with issues of intergenerational and familial conflict, as well as the power of language and the compelling relationship between sex and death, all of which makes it an incredibly modern play. It is also an early example of Shakespeare fusing poetry with dramatic action, as he moves from Romeo's lyrical account of Juliet--"she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" to the bustle and action of a 16th-century household (the play contains more scenes of ordinary working people than any of Shakespeare's other works). It also represents an experimental attempt to fuse comedy with tragedy. Up to the third act, the play proceeds along the lines of a classic romantic comedy. The turning point comes with the death of one of Shakespeare's finest early dramatic creations--Romeo's sexually ambivalent friend Mercutio, whose "plague o' both your houses" begins the play's descent into tragedy, "For never was a story of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo". --Jerry Brotton

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Grade 5-8-Skillfully read by Claire Higgins, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will hold listeners spellbound as they become involved in the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues and in Romeo and Juliet's plight of love. Higgins' reading is very natural, and her voice is exceedingly pleasant to listen to. The cassette includes a plot summary, an introduction to Shakespeare by Leon Garfield, as well as supplementary information about Shakespeare and his writings by Dr. Rex Gibson, all read by Simon Russell Beale. This additional information is very worthwhile and will increase the listener's understanding of Shakespeare and why he continues to be important in literature. Peter Hutchins arranged the period background music. The technical qualities are excellent, and the teaching objectives are met. This program is appropriate for individual or group listening, and the additional information will provide an excellent springboard for discussion. A superior acquisition for both public and school libraries with audio collections.
Kathy Dummer, Newcastle Middle School, WY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Fear is the best Shakespeare Ever June 29 2004
By Newbia
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A pair of star-cross'd lovers June 5 2010
By EA Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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3.0 out of 5 stars teenagers! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Enduring but not his best. Aug. 5 2011
By J Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good dramatization. Includes
Good dramatization. Includes: music, sound effects, professional theatre players and interlude between Acts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Formatting is odd.
Published 6 months ago by K.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
it was perfect for what we needed it for as the university was putting on a play and the students used the book as a guide.
Published 16 months ago by Kameshia Hope
2.0 out of 5 stars Great on stage. Not great in a book.
I believe that the fantastic reviews here at Amazon are really about 'the story' and not really about 'the book'. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2011 by David Sabine
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
Romeo and Juliet does not read as well as some other plays such as Hamlet. It must be seen to be fully enjoyed. Nevertheless, I would reccomend this edition of the play. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2005 by Buu Phieu Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it.
If you have not read 'Romeo and Juliet', go read it now. After you've finished reading it, read it again. It is quite possibly the best love story ever told.
Published on June 19 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good! You should read it!
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows, doth with their death bury their parents'... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book! You should read it!
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows, doth with their death bury their parents'... Read more
Published on June 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solon Middle School Reviewer
This is the best and most classic book ever. It's so good."Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" "What's in a name? Read more
Published on June 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Lovers
This might be shakespeare's best. Its certainly more accessible than Hamlet. This doesn't really need another review at all. Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by some guy
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