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5.0 out of 5 stars You Have To Like It
There's no point writing a review of this play as it's been done a million times before but let's just tip our hats in the direction of Katherine Duncan-Jones (she of the excellent Oxford Sir Philip Sidney collection), who provides a lucid introduction to the text and the historical circumstances from which it sprang - Jaque's seven ages of man speech, for example, would...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Although there is nothing wrong with this edition, I would strongly advise if you are doing Shakespeare or reading for leisure to buy the Arden copies, they have so many useful notes on context plus they have illustrations in the introductions which are very interesting and spark new ideas for essays. Although Arden copies can be expensive for students, I would advise...
Published on 25 Jun. 2012 by sarahs


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5.0 out of 5 stars You Have To Like It, 8 Aug. 2014
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There's no point writing a review of this play as it's been done a million times before but let's just tip our hats in the direction of Katherine Duncan-Jones (she of the excellent Oxford Sir Philip Sidney collection), who provides a lucid introduction to the text and the historical circumstances from which it sprang - Jaque's seven ages of man speech, for example, would have been dangerous to present to an ageing queen edgy about her increasing decrepitude. These Penguin editions are handily sized and while not packing the academic clout of Oxford or Arden they fit nicely in the pocket and the covers are superb. One question: does anyone else think Touchstone a highly unpleasant and even dangerous character? I can see Michael Caine or Ray Winston playing him - a real gangster of the forest. As for the rest of them? Rosalind is WS' best heroine by a country mile.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright, 25 Jun. 2012
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Although there is nothing wrong with this edition, I would strongly advise if you are doing Shakespeare or reading for leisure to buy the Arden copies, they have so many useful notes on context plus they have illustrations in the introductions which are very interesting and spark new ideas for essays. Although Arden copies can be expensive for students, I would advise getting a used copy, even if they are the same price as this one or a pound more, they are well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As he liked it, 5 Jun. 2010
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Out of all the great Shakespeare's plays, "As You Like It" is undoubtedly... the fluffiest. This is cotton candy. Fortunately, cotton candy isn't too bad as long as you don't eat too much of it. And while the ending is excessively tidy, "As You Like It" is a charming little play with the full array of Shakespearean tropes -- transvestitism, love triangles, and mass confusion.

Backstory: The cruel Duke has deposed his far nicer brother, and the ex-Duke has run off into the Forest of Arden. At the same time, a young man named Orlando has been cast out by his cruel brother Oliver.

Then the Duke decides to exile his niece Rosalind, despite the pleas of his daughter Celia. So Rosalind (disguised as a boy), Celia and the jester Touchstone run away into the Forest of Arden the following night, and soon encounter the exiled Duke and his followers. So does Orlando and his faithful servant Adam.

Because of a previous meeting, Rosalind and Orlando are already in love. But not only does he not recognize her, but because she's disguised as a boy she's attracted the amorous intentions of a local shepherdess. And to make matters even more complex, Touchstone is in a love triangle of his own, and Oliver has stumbled into Arden as well. Is everything going to end well?

The biggest problem with "As You Like It" is the fact that the ending is just a little too tidy -- while it's plausible that the romantic tangles would be smoothed out, there's an conveniently-timed twist that stretches believability to the point of snapping. Fortunately, the rest of it is a pleasantly fluffy little story filled with Shakespeare's sparkliest, sunniest storytelling.

Shakespeare's plot floats along in a heady cloud of sunlit forests, poems pinned to trees and languid outlaws who hang around singing all day. His lines are filled with clever, sometimes bawdy jokes ("praised be the gods for thy foulness! sluttishness may come hereafter") and some nicely evocative imagery ("Between the pale complexion of true love/And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain").

The funniest parts involve the love quadrangle between Rosalind, Phebe, Orlando and Silvius, as well as Orlando's wretched poetry and Touchstone's mockery of them ("Winter garments must be lined,/So must slender Rosalind").

And it has a likable cast of characters, most of whom are amiable and likable (although I'm still not sure why Orlando and the ex-Duke don't recognize Rosalind!). Celia and Rosalind are fun and sprightly heroines, Orlando is an endearing underdog (if a rotten poet), and there's also the sharp-tongued Touchstone, dour Jacques, and the rather beyotchy Phebe.

"As You Like It" is a puffy little wisp of a play, compared to Shakespeare's other works -- but it's still a nice little romantic diversion. Think of it as an Elizabethan romantic comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted, 12 April 2013
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A copy of this classic in excellent condition which arrived when expected. I am in a production of 'As you Like it' in the summer and needed a copy in good condtion, as I shall need to make pencil notes in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trusty old Shakespeare!, 10 Mar. 2014
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Great piece of Shakespeare which was purchased for a monologue exam. Being one of Shakespeare's comedy plays it is a must read for any theatrical people. Came on time in expected condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 2 Mar. 2014
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Really good condition but was not the same as the picture showed which was the copy I really wanted. But apart from that great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As you like it, 13 Mar. 2015
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Loved it, read it really quickly. Amazing play would highly recommend. Loved the front cover and it was in very good tact
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 27 April 2015
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