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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A pair of star-cross'd lovers June 5 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect Jan. 24 2014
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romeo and Juliet Aug. 2 2002
Caterina and Florencia
We want to share with you our opinion of this edition of the famous writer William Shakespeare: "Romeo and Juliet". In one hand this book helps us, students, teachers, to incorporate poetry into our minds; and learn things about those ages, for example their customs. Also it helps to improve your English.
At first we couldn't understand the way this tragedy was set up. But then, with our teacher's help, we undestood the main ideas. We believe it's very difficult to analise, because of the form in which it is written, like when Romeo compares Juliet with light: "Doth teach tourches to burn right". Also when Juliet talkes with Romeo in the balcony scene: "How cam'st thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?"
Although the ending was very tragic we liked it because it was original. No one would think that the star-cross lovers would end with the feudge by commiting suicide.
In conclusion it is a long, difficult and boring book. We do not recomend it to you, students, if you read it without a teacher, expert or dictionary by your side. Thank you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Shakespeare ever! Jan. 14 2000
By Jody
Romeo and Juliet is the best of Shakespeares work ever. Everyone knows the story, but once you read it, it brings the meaning and connection to a different level. The language is beautiful. The words passed betweem Romeo and his love are so moving, you read them over and over. Even if you don't understand what they are saying, you'll still get the general idea and fall in love with this forbidden romance. Even though its a sad ending. The tragedy just adds more to the play. A magnificent have to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Play Dec 10 1999
I read this book in 9th grade and still read it now that I'm in the 12th. Shakespeare's play about two "star-crossed lovers" is funny, and suspensful, and sad, and readers of today can even relate to the situations in it. This book is a great example of how strong love can be, how assumptions can lead to tragedy, and the risks one will take for love.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great on stage. Not great in a book. Dec 30 2011
I believe that the fantastic reviews here at Amazon are really about 'the story' and not really about 'the book'. So let's separate our feelings about Shakespeare's stories from our perception of this book. It's a handy size and has decent print quality, but reading Romeo & Juliet from a book is like driving blindfolded.

I, like everybody else trying to sell this book at Amazon, read this because it was required for an English class at university. I'm better for having read it, I suppose, but If you want to know Shakespeare's story about Romeo & Juliet, then find a local theatre company and request it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enduring but not his best. Aug. 5 2011
By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 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
3.0 out of 5 stars it would be even better if it weren't so cliched
Romeo and Juliet is the most famous Shakespeare play, and it is a very good play; very romantic, and eventful and interesting. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by K. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent, must read.
Romeo and Julitet is a beautiful creation of William Shakespeare. In this creation of his, there are two star-crossed lovers;having fallen in love at first sight, their love was... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by Ritika Shrestha
5.0 out of 5 stars A book lover!!!
This is one of the best books I've ever read! I think anyone with tast for drama should read this book! Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Romeo+Juliet
We are from Argentina and learning English. Our teacher recommended the book Romeo + Juliet, we thought this book was going to increase our vocabulary and help us understand better... Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by Agustina
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