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4.0 out of 5 stars Sunny comedy with hints of darkness, 22 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Twelfth Night, or What You Will: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's liveliest and most accessible romantic comedies - but also deals intelligently with issues of gender, sexual desire, class and social harmony.

The enchanting story of Viola dressed as the page Cesario, with whom both Orsino and Orsino's erstwhile object of desire fall in love, is filled with rapturous poetry that articulates love, desire and romantic melancholy. But these central relationships are modulated by Malvolio's desire for his mistress Olivia, the bawdy comedy of Sir Toby Belch, and Antonio's unrequited desire for Viola's twin, Sebastian.

Ultimately social harmony is restored - but the portrait of Malvolio gives us an insight, perhaps, into how characters such as Edmund in King Lear, and Iago are created.

So a sunny, feel-good romantic comedy, but shaded lightly by a darker tinge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another merry-go-round from Will.i.Ever, 26 Jan 2014
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Is slippered middle age on the horizon? Do I seem to prefer Shakespeare's comedies - famously unfunny - to his historical tragedies, nowadays? I certainly didn't get far, at least not yet, with Coriolanus, but Twelfth Night, as with As You Like It, is easy reading. Disguise, mistaken identity, hopeless infatuation, a medley of clowns and love triumphant. All that's missing is a bit with a dog.

It's winter and the rain it raineth every day, so why not curl up with this one?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare book, 9 Oct 2013
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This was bought for our university student daughter who is studying English. It is a course requirement and fits the bill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelfth Night, 9 Nov 2010
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Ordered for daughter's college work. Most competitive price on the web at the time. Arrived promptly and in excellent condition.
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