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Twelfth Night : (Wordsworth Classics)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2002
This is the edition if you are new to Shakespeare. It presents the play in an easy to understand way with useful notes and commentary. However it is overtly simplistic and lacks the in depth analysis that this great play deserves.
This is one of Shakespeare's most interesting and entertaining comedies. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
First off this is just a great story, with some beautiful speeches and a lot of comedy. Mistaken identity, outlandish characters and confused lovers abound. Terrific fun! This is a simple, clear, handy edition and easy to read on my tablet. There are no notes, commentary, criticism or introduction but with the dictionary and wiki links it's easy to do some basic research. The lack of notes is actually quite an advantage because it allows you to just read and enjoy the play without being tempted to stray off piste. This may not help you if you're wanting to study the play in any literary detail. These editions are great for actors who may need to get hold of a copy of the play at short notice for auditions. An added bonus, of course, is that they are free. Also a great Shakespeare to start off with if you've never taken the plunge before. Enjoy, and "be not afraid of greatness".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2009
The Arkangel Shakespeare recordings vary a lot in quality, and this isn't one of the best...unfortunate, as 'Twelfth Night' is one of Shakespeare's most musical plays both in atmosphere and versification, and really needs to be heard aloud.

Viola is one of my favourite female Shakespeare characters (much more likable than the female characters in 'As You Like It', with which this play is often compared) but here is rendered unsympathetically. Olivia is much better acted, and the actress who plays Olivia should probably have been Viola, while the one who played Maria would have made a better Olivia.

The clown sings well, but his voice is wrong - too educated and frigid to evoke a sense of wry, aching melancholy. Sir Toby Belch is particularly annoying - a cackling idiot rather than the Falstaffian scallywag of old. Malvolio is suitably puritanical, more arrogant than in some other versions. His arrogance does make him comical in the scenes where he 'woos' Olivia, and the cellar scene is definitely funny and vivid.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2011
These notes are good for GCSE level, but they didn't serve greatly when I used it at A Level. I'd recommend, but only for a more advanced understanding for GCSE.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2004
This could have been better but I have high expectancies. Overall this made a lot of vital, relevant points that you couldn't have pointed out if you were feeling a bit brain dead (like I am constantly when writing essays). Nevertheless, I feel there could have been more detail.
The sample essay titles at the back were quite handy, the chapter summaries and analysises were very useful, the little facts at the side about pleasing the examiners and stuff were pretty groovy, and also the tasks really help to revise and improve understanding of the chpaters. If you struggle with Twelfth Night or just want a good notes book about it then get this!
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2011
I was impressed by the whole Kindle experience, but NOT very impressed by the quality of the words in this free edition of 'Twelfth Night':

'O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound,'

is how I remembered it, but this Kindle Version has:

'O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south,'

Not a lot of help, if one is studying the text for an examination. Does Amazon/Kindle have any responsibility for the quality of the Kindle-branded editions they make available?
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on 27 February 2014
I love this play, full of humour. Some of it, of course, depends on the acting - so how good are the actors in your head? (The Globe's dvd of their recent all-male production with Mark Rylance provides a good watchable version. I re-run bits of that in my head whilst I'm reading!)
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on 25 May 2014
was going to see this as an outdoor experience but unfortunately owing to the vagaries of the british weather it was rained off. However this was a useful free book to go over before I see
the play as had forgotten most of it since reading it at school several decades ago.
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on 13 January 2013
Just look at the list of performers! I had not heard of this recording until it popped up on my Kindle search. It is a gem! The sound is clear and the diction is perfect. The characterisations are convincing, with feeling and involvement. A delight!
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on 2 November 2013
Book arrived promptly. Condition was used so we were not expecting a pristine book. However, the amount of underlining and notes written into the book made it hard to read and haven't allowed our son to make his own notes while reading it.
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