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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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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good! You should read it! June 8 2004
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"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' strife." This is part of the opening prologue from William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." From this passage you can get a clear picture of the events that take place in this play. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes," from these selected words you are safe to say that this play is about two different families. "A pair of star-crossed lover;" you can see that there are two people in love. " Doth with their death, bury their parents' strife;" this means that their parent's have been feuding for a long time, and only in their children's death do their parents realize the seriousness of their actions. "Romeo and Juliet," is a romantic tragedy, as are most of William Shakespeare's plays. This reading is fiction, although, it seems so real, because it relates with some modern issues.
"Romeo and Juliet," is my favorite book. William Shakespeare's characters in most of his plays go against their parent's or have to choose between them. I agree with what Shakespeare shows in this play; it helps young adults relate to his books. In "Romeo and Juliet," the two young adults have to choose if they want to be together because they're in love or turn the other way because their parent's don't get along.
This book really makes me think; if I was in this situation my decisions would be very hard, I wouldn't be able to make up my mind as fast as Romeo and Juliet did. I think anyone that has a chance to read this and has an opportunity to dissect it, it's a good idea because it really makes you think; what would you do in this situation.
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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 22 days ago by Kate
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Published 5 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 15 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
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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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars best
best story ever made. no other.. story touches this. its true love, they wooed, feel inlove, and died for love. Isn't that what we all want?
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Dance Dance Dance
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