Hamlet

Hamlet

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"To be or not to be" confounded by Shakespeare-that is the question.

Hamlet is an action-packed thriller with apparitions, murder, revenge, deception, poisons, and diabolical traps. With timeless themes, it explores friendship, relationships, honor, fate, madness, and more. Now you can savor Hamlet in a modern, easy-to-understand translation that makes reading it quick and painless. Other aids make following the action and grasping the meaning a snap:

  • A brief synopsis of the plot and action
  • A comprehensive character list that describes the characteristics, motivations, and actions of each major player
  • A visual character map that shows the relationships of major characters
  • A cycle-of-death graphic that pinpoints the sequence of deaths and includes who dies, how they die, and why
  • Reflective questions that help you understand the themes of the play

With Shakespeare on the Double! Hamlet, you'll be enlightened instead of confounded.

Houghton

"To be or not to be" confounded by Shakespeare-that is the question.

Hamlet is an action-packed thriller with apparitions, murder, revenge, deception, poisons, and diabolical traps. With timeless themes, it explores friendship, relationships, honor, fate, madness, and more. Now you can savor Hamlet in a modern, easy-to-understand translation that makes reading it quick and painless. Other aids make following the action and grasping the meaning a snap:

  • A brief synopsis of the plot and action
  • A comprehensive character list that describes the characteristics, motivations, and actions of each major player
  • A visual character map that shows the relationships of major characters
  • A cycle-of-death graphic that pinpoints the sequence of deaths and includes who dies, how they die, and why
  • Reflective questions that help you understand the themes of the play

With Shakespeare on the Double! Hamlet, you'll be enlightened instead of confounded.



Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2006
Description: 257 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780470041550
0470041552
Branch Call Number: 822.33 S7 Sha
Additional Contributors: Snodgrass, Mary Ellen

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Lizzy24 Jul 14, 2017

I like the whole story from the beginning to the end, where Hamlet gets revenge and where he dies.

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Fishpantspeacock
Jul 04, 2016

I enjoyed this Shakespeare play more Han I expected to. It had so many famous lines. This version also helped as it is side by side translations.

navy_nightingale_139 Mar 29, 2016

A really good book. This easy to understand version is good for younger ones to understand in the modern age. SPOILER ALERT I'm so sad that Hamlet and Ophelia died. They don't deserve that, but this is why Shakespeare's plays are immensely popular. A lovely tragedy.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Jun 04, 2014

Hamlet is easily my favorite play written by Shakespeare, or even my favorite play of all time. When I haven't read through it in a while, this edition works as a great refresher for the sections that are a little more difficult to "decipher." It also makes it easier to read the play leisurely as if it were a story. I would recommend it both to students studying the play for class or just someone who is interested in the sad and beautiful tale of prince Hamlet.

LProfeta Jan 28, 2013

A very helpful text to get familiar with the story line, plus the original play right next to the translation. Very good book for its clarity, a starter at least.

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KerrAvon
Aug 01, 2011

To my mind, the best play ever written! It was originally a Scandanavian epic that had been around awhile, and he put his own twist on it in a highly polished manner. It is so well thought out; everything interconnects. It has it all: irony (how Claudius gets his just desserts in the end), comedy, poetry, fantastic drama (with good old-fashioned revenge as well!), mystery, philosophy (some parts are very existential: why don't we just end it all when we're tired of it all? Because we fear the unknown aspect of our death), and the constant threat of an oncoming threat. It doesn't get better than this methinks!

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Dramatical_Cats
Jun 28, 2011

Shakespeare has many well written plays. This is one of the best. In this book they have the modern text on one side and original on the other. I finished it very quickly considering it is his longest written play. Super exciting and lots of action. Hamlet's character is interesting and dynamic. I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in revenge, action and of course Shakespeare.

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8217549
May 21, 2011

nice series.

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cocopuff19
May 11, 2011

While I am not usually a fan of Shakespeare, Hamlet managed to not only hold my attention but also intrigue me. I enjoyed the journey I took with Hamlet through his ups and downs of emotional turmoil. Hamlet has a suspenseful tone as one awaits to see the fate of all the characters in this tragedy; however, it also has some comic relief which proves to be not only thought provoking but also provide a chuckle (which, lets face it, can't be said for Shakespeare's every attempt at humor). As well, if you are not one to take everything at face value, the questions that are posed and the allegory used in the novel allow, for those of us who enjoy them, a satisfactory amount of "Ah ha!" moments. All in all Hamlet was a pretty good read despite the fact that I was forced to read it for school.

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