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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster (15 Dec. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671035789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671035785
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Prepared by the Klingon Language Institute, The Klingon Hamlet presents full English and Klingon versions of Shakespeare's play side by side. Only experienced Klingon speakers will be able to fully appreciate the nuances of the Klingon-language version, but for anyone who has dabbled in the language, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire large chunks of authentic text to practise on. Most of the vocabulary used can be found in either The Klingon Dictionary or Klingon for the Galactic Traveler.

For non-Klingon speakers, as well as Shakespeare's original text there is an English-language introduction and detailed end notes, very wittily presented. These put forward the case that Shakespeare himself was a Klingon, and underline the essentially Klingon nature of this famous play, with its themes of honour and revenge. In creating the tragic figure of Hamlet, with his very un-Klingon propensity for brooding and procrastination, Shakespeare is believed to have been commenting on a culture becoming alienated from its traditional war-like virtues, and we are told that most Klingons find it a deeply disturbing play.

All in all, this is a very clever, well-presented interpretation of one of the world's most famous plays. The Klingon translation, in all the glory of its iambic pentameter, has been lovingly constructed, and is well worth the effort of reading at least a few favourite passages aloud. --Elizabeth Sourbut

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The Klingon Language Institute was founded in 1992, embracing the wilful disbelief necessary to the study of an artifical language originally created as little more than a television prop. The KLI both teaches and studies the warrior Klingon tongue and has composed original fiction in addition to translations of a range of works from Shakespeare to books of the Bible.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RMW on 20 July 2011
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This title starts off reasonably well, but after about twenty pages in (not what the navigation system calls "page 20"), page-turns become slower and slower, eventually locking the device up. No other title on my Kindle navigates anything other than flawlessly.

After following Support's advice about a corrupted download, I redownloaded the title several times, to no avail.

When page-turns do work (at least a minute), the amount moved is not a whole page: several lines from the previous page appear at the top of the "next" one, and text disappears off the bottom. No amount of changing text font/size/style or line spacing works consistently. The concept of a page is arbitrary.

The text changes from Klingon to English and back again with no pattern (I expected a grown-up split-screen approach, or at least "Klingon on one page, English on the other"). Sometimes, you get one line of English at the top of a "page" followed by a few pages of Klingon, whereupon it changes abruptly back to English at a non-obvious point in the text with no warning.

It is impossible to read this title with any fluidity. Quite apart from the locks-up and glacial page-turns, you have to be prepared to switch languages in your mind with no notice, (or, if you are just following one language, to skip forward a few pages, having to resync your eyes to wherever the text restarts on whatever page you've now landed on).

This title is a waste of time.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2000
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One may wonder why any Terran without the slightest interest in Klingon or Star Trek would search out this book. Gentle reader, I can only recommend you to persevere. 'Khamlet,' by that well-known dramatist Wil'yam Shex'pir, is worth your attention. Forget that the plot is well-known and the Klingon language obtuse, the introduction and appendices are fascinating.
As a somewhat closet Trekkie, I bought this book out of curiousity, unable to resist the appeal of the phrase "You have not experienced Shakespeare, until you have read him in the original Klingon," as in the film Star Trek VI. Yet, I confess that with my first degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, I was most intrigued by the literary criticism provided. I enjoy those books that allow new insight into classics. To quote from the Introduction: "In effect, Khamlet, with its fawning courtiers, its insistence on ceremony, its healthy Realpolitik, and its underhand dealing... is nothing less than a nightmare scenario, a chilling portrayal of a malaise and decay so pervasive that it infects the hero himself."
Brief as the notes maybe in comparison to the length of the play, I feel this is what should attract the mainstream audience. All those who are interested in Shakespeare as a living playwright should consider reading this book. It is its audacity that attracts.
I can best compare this book with another reinterpretation of Star Trek, namely 'Leadership Lessons from Star Trek the Next Generation, Make it So' by Wess Roberts and Bill Ross. In this book episodes were analysed for management theories relating to leadership. This was less earnest than 'Khamlet' but no less learned.
Unusual this version of Shakespeare maybe, but I can guarantee it will be a talking point. After all, have you ever tried to say "taH pagh taH'be'!" instead of "To be or not to be"?
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Nice novelty item 6 May 2014
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I bought one of the first on sale at the Flamingo in Vegas and when I saw this as an eBook I had to have it!!!! It is the actual Hamlet by shakespeare but with Klingon translation. ;)
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