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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Clearly I've no issue with Shakespeare's original ... although, come to think of it, I have insofar as the No Fear series occasionally Americanises his original language (neighbour becomes neighbor for instance)!
But the claim of the book to be "The play plus a line-by-line translation anyone can understand" simply isn't true! First: it's a paraphrase, not a translation into everyday language, and second: it isn't line by line either.
Let's use an example from Act 1, Scene 1 to illustrate this:
Solanio's speech of:
Some that will evermore peep through their eyes
And laugh like parrots at a bagpiper,
And other of such vinegar aspect
That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile
Though Nestor swear the jext be laughable
is transformed into:
Some people will laugh at anything, and others are so grouchy they won't even crack a smile when they hear something hysterically funny.
OK, this is a complex speech with a number of obscure references, but to simply ignore them in this way isn't really acceptable!
This may be fine is all you're looking for is just the overall gist of what Shakespeare intended, but my suspicion is that the majority of readers of the numerous books in this series will be English Literature students who wish to both unlock Shakespeare's original language and also delve into some of the historical and linguistic detail that the text offers. If you fall into the the latter category, you won't be improving your chances of exam success by taking the easy route that No Fear offers.
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