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Antony and Cleopatra (The Macmillan Shakespeare) Spiral-bound – 1 Jun 1993

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd; New edition edition (Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0174324154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0174324157
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,469,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, and one of the finest, and most poetic of all the high Shakespearean tragedies. Written between 1606 and 1607, it draws on the Roman historian Plutarch and his account of the collapse of the Roman Republic and the birth of the empire under Octavius Caesar, son of Julius. This imperial struggle for political power between Octavius, Lepidus, Pompey and Mark Antony provides the backdrop for the play's extraordinary evocation of the tempestuous love of Antony for Cleopatra, his "Egyptian dish".

The play cuts back and forth between the cold, calculating realpolitik of imperial Rome, and the sensuous, erotic world of Egypt and Cleopatra's luxurious and hedonistic court. Yet what is most memorable about the play is its remarkably poetic language; its lush image of Cleopatra in her barge, "like a burnished throne / Burned on the water", and "beggared all description", and its erotic fusion of images of sex and death which find their ultimate culmination in the suicides of Antony and Cleopatra in the final scenes of the play. A notoriously elusive play for both critics and theatre directors alike, Antony and Cleopatra's fascination with questions of race, sex, death, power and politics makes it one of the most compelling of all of Shakespeare's plays. However, the stage is undoubtedly held by Cleopatra, and Enobarbus' attempt to explain her fascination, as powerful and evocative today as ever: "Age cannot wither her, Nor custom stale her infinite variety".--Jerry Brotton --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The queen of the Nile meets her match in Mark Antony, and the lovers destroy each other – yet triumph in ruin – in this great romantic tragedy. The characterisation is subtle, the word music elaborately varied, and the construction swift and intricate. A great cast does it justice.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I given this one star - not for the quality of the play (which is worthy of 3/4 stars), but on the fact that I bought this edition for Kindle, only to find that it was difficult to read as it was not formatted correctly for Blank Verse, which is tough when most of the play is in verse and is meant to be read and understood as such. Ended up hefting my Complete Works open and reading that instead, as I was so irked by the Kindle version layout. Also, there was no character list or introduction, so I had to look up who characters were in my Complete Works too. Don't buy if you're an actor, it'll throw you completely.
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If you are looking for helpful, insightful and easy to follow cliff notes on any great literary work, look no further than 'CliffsNotes'. They provide the background to the author and to the play. They explain the themes and the characters extremely well, so well in fact that you may feel that you don't need to read the actual play!
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This was one of three books I needed for A-Level English studies and its a FANTASTIC book. It looked a lot shinier than it does in the picture when it arrived, and I love the crisp white pages. Another really great thing was the annotations and a ton of extra detail about the play, which always comes in very handy for an idiot like me attempting Shakespeare. Overall, great book, great play, and great delivery, but a not so great ending for the two of them.
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Shakespeare is on top form with this crowd-pleaser about a Roman nobleman and his Egyptian girlfriend Cleo. Shakespeare is unsurpassed when it comes to writing for the cinema; before the cinema was even invented. Well done Wills, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
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I do love this book I love Shakespeare and his expressive words quite beautiful really !
this is my favourite especially when Richard burton and Elizabeth Taylor did Antony and Cleopatra because that was equally as lovely ! great little book worth the money too !
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Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, and in many ways it resembles Romeo and Juliet in that a faked death leads to the tragedy and in that it’s also, ostensibly a love story. That’s where the similarities end, though – no, this play has a big focus on war, and indeed it’s based at least partly on historical accounts of both the life of Cleopatra and of the Roman Empire.

One of the interesting things here is the sheer number of different scenes which are included – the story line jumps around what feels like half of the world, and some scenes are solely there for a character to perform a short soliloquy. But it works, it was interesting, and I’ve not really seen it used to such effect before. Must go and watch a performance of it!
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Good simple book that consists of the whole original (slightly edited) play without any annotations. Cheap price tag which is always a bonus! I just wish there was some explanations for those like myself that do not understand a word Shakespeare has written.
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I was so excited to read this and did so alongside one of my friends. Her edition was a paper copy which ended up being completely different to mine. Hers was correct and clear. In my edition, however, characters often spoke in the wrong places or gave their words to someone else, there were four more scenes in one of the acts than should have been, and constant spelling mistakes. Poor Shakespeare!
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