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Romeo and Juliet In Plain and Simple English (A Modern Translation and the Original Version) (Classics Retold Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare , BookCaps
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Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest plays ever written--but let's face it..if you don't understand it, then you are not alone.

If you have struggled in the past reading Shakespeare, then BookCaps can help you out. This book is a modern translation of Romeo and Juliet.

The original text is also presented in the book, along with a comparable version of both text.

We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

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We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month. Visit BookCaps.com to find out more.

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mel
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I brought this purely because I love the book/play, and it's a great idea to put both the original and modern day variations side by side. There are a little things in the script that you need to think about to get your head around sometimes (because of the language) which you need to get used to, but the modern translation by the side is very useful in aiding this. It's also interesting to just read the modern translation to see how it would sound today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but lacks professionalism. 19 April 2014
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The idea was great, but unfortunately simple grammar mistakes are rife throughout the book - for example in Act 1 Scene V it says "Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away? he shift a trencher! he scrape a trencher!" forgetting capital letters. It also does not have a new line for each line in the play, nor line numbers making navigation a little harder. Finally, it is laid out in a very poor way - simply a table with not ever headers for 'Original Text' and 'Translation'. Overall, it appears as though it was written in a rushed way by one man on Word, not a professional company.

However the text is translated fairly well, and although my confidence shaken by the errors (if they can't get capital letters right, can they get anything else?), it appears all in order and has helped my son in his GCSE exams. I would probably suggest other translation guides if possible, but this will do if necessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study aid. 4 Jan. 2013
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This is an essential study aid for any student or teacher studying this play at GCSE. With the tandem soriginal script and modern English version, really helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 25 Mar. 2013
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So helpful for my GCSE! lots of space for annotations and to write any notes around the sides. Line numbers would help
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo and Juliet 2 Feb. 2014
By KJG
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My son is doing Romeo and Juliet for his English literature GCSE and as I find Shakespeare heavy going, I bought this and the R&J York Notes book for myself so I could swot up and be able to help him if he needed me to and I could impress him with my Shakespeare knowledge! This book was great. I read it in no time and found it really helpful. Unfortunately he's not asked for my help, on the plus side I'm a Romeo and Juliet expert(ish)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow Shakespeare! 21 Dec. 2013
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This very helpful book translates Shakespeare into today's language and has made the learning so very much more fun and clearly understandable.
A must for Shakespeare lovers or just if you fancy finding out what this great romance story is really about
It makes Shakespeare easier to understand and then enjoy more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dyslexia specialist tutor 21 Mar. 2014
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I have found it really useful with my dyslexic students who find Shakespearean language very difficult and often impossible to understand. The reason for this is that dyslexic students have to use all of their brain capacity to work out what the word says and all comprehension of what they are reading is completely lost.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on Kindle 3 Nov. 2014
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This is supposed to be a parallel text translation. I expected the 2 versions to be on facing pages, but on my kindle the modern version displays first and later on you find the original text. Pretty useless! Also, the original text has no line numbering. Much better versions are available.
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