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Coriolanus [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Coriolanus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, written between 1605 and 1608. The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus. Although a lesser known work than his other plays, it was famously praised by the poet T.S. Eliot as being superior to Hamlet.

This version has been optimized for readability on the Kindle and includes:

The full TOC appears at the beginning of the book and can be accessed through the MENU button.

Jump quickly to the previous or next scene by pressing the left or right button on the 5-way controller.

Proper paragraph spacing and headings makes it easy to know who is speaking.

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After the exotic eroticism of Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare returned to Rome for one of his final tragedies, and the change could not have been more dramatic. Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare's harshest and most challenging studies of power, politics and masculinity, based around the life of Caius Marcius.

Based on the Roman chronicles of Plutarch's Lives and Livy's History of Rome, the play is set in the early years of the Roman Republic. Its famous opening scene, particularly admired by Bertolt Brecht, portrays its citizens as starving and rebellious, and horrified by the arrogant and dismissive attitude of Caius Marcius, one of Rome's most valiant but also political naive soldiers. Spurred on by his ambitious mother Volumnia, Caius takes the city of Corioles, is renamed Coriolanus in honour of his victory, and is encouraged to run for senate. However, his contempt for the citizens, who he calls "scabs" and "musty superfluity" ultimately leads to his exile and destructive alliance with his deadly foe, Aufidius. Despite its relative unpopularity, Coriolanus is a fascinating study of both public and personal life. Its language is dense and complex, as its representation of the tensions built into the fabric of Roman political life. Yet it also contains extraordinarily intimate scenes between Coriolanus and both his mother, who ultimately proves "most mortal" to her own son, and his enemy Aufidius, whose "rapt heart" is happier to see Coriolanus than his own wife. One of Shakespeare's darker and more disturbing plays. --Jerry Brotton


"A remarkable edition, one that makes Shakespeare's extraordinary accomplishment more vivid than ever."--James Shapiro, professor, Columbia University, bestselling author of "A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599" "A feast of literary and historical information."--"The Wall Street Journal"

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 242 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Latus ePublishing (15 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D1471O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 8 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of the few Shakespeare plays I had never encountered in any form before came as a very pleasant surprise. Complex, compelling and remarkably relevant to recent events in Europe, the Arden notes were helpful and the production by Dolmar which was shown live in cinemas around the country at the time I was reading was a bonus. A sadly neglected work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great play - shame about the Kindle edition 29 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am so glad I only took a sample of this edition to see how it came out on my Kindle. It is advertised as being "Optimised for Kindle", in which case I shudder to think what the others must be like.

I wanted to read this great play again to refresh my memory before going to see the RSC performance transmitted live in the cinema.

There is no Dramatis Personae list; there is a scene list which is intended to enable jumping from one scene to the next, but it did not work on my Kindle. The verse lines are all higgledy-piggledy, with long ones wrapping over on to the next print line, some with the next verse line going straight on, so no consistency in the formatting. Basic spelling, punctuation and capitalisation, and I don't mean Shakespeare's variants, are maddeningly sloppy, so the editing is disgraceful. In places it reads as if speech recognition software has garbled someone reading the text out loud in a strong regional accent that the programme is not familiar with. I have no idea about the process of converting print text into a digital version but, whatever it is, it let the reader down badly in this edition.

What a way to treat Shakespeare!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good publication. 11 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A good guide to a not-too-easy play. Possibly a little unbalanced in its focus on certain aspects of the play to the detriment of others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 16 May 2014
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In very good condition and a perfect study for the play..the notes are very clear and easy to read ..perfect
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's Greatest 4 Jun. 1998
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Shakespeare's last and greatest tragedy, *Coriolanus* dramatizes the conflict between pride and envy--those two antagonists which were the favorite characters of ancient myth.
Coriolanus is a man of Virtue, when virtue meant 'manliness' not 'modest chastity.' Above all, he had the virtue of pursuing virtue, which he refused to compromise and which he refused to hide. In contrast, the aristocracy and the mob whom they serve despised Coriolanus precisely because he was good and refused to be otherwise.
*Coriolanus* is Shakespeare at the height of his powers, and the real tragedy is that this work is not better known.
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