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on 26 May 2012
There are many Kindle editions of Shakespeare's 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' but this is the best by far. Some of the worst ones reduce the verse in the play to blocks of prose, others retain lineation but have no textual notes on Shakespeare's vocabulary. This edition gives students everything they need to study and enjoy the play. There are interesting and informative essays, but by far the best feature of this edition is the way that unusual, obsolete or difficult words are highlighted. Just tapping on the highlighted word brings up its modern equivalent. To get back to the text, you just tap the word again and you are immediately returned to the point in the play where you made your enquiry. I love it! What is more, the modern equivalents are clear and concise - much better than some expensive paperback editions. I can't fault this edition: the text is clear and uncluttered, the critical essays are informative and the textual annotations are a dream. I highly recommend it. If this publisher does editions of this quality for Shakespear's other plays, I shall be buying those, too.
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on 18 August 2016
I think some reviews on this are actually meant for other editions. I bought this for 91pence after finding the free one a bit basic. But at least the free one indented the speech to make if easier to see when the character speaking changed. And including stage directions. None of that in this version. Don't waste your money. Either get the free one or pay for a proper version.
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Although few would claim that Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, it is well worth listening to in order to serve as a reference for the best of his romantic comedies. In essence, Two Gentlemen of Verona gives you a measuring stick to see the brilliance in the best works.
The play has the first of Shakespeare's many brave, resourceful and cross-dressing heroines, Julia.
Shakespeare always used his fools and clowns well to make serious statements about life and love, and to expose the folly of the nobles. Two Gentlemen of Verona has two very fine comic scenes featuring Launce. In one, he lists the qualities of a milk maid he has fallen in love with and helps us to see that love is blind and relative. In another, he describes the difficulties he has delivering a pet dog to Silvia on his master, Proteus', behalf in a way that will keep you merry on many a cold winter's evening.
The story also has one of the fastest plot resolutions you will ever find in a play. Blink, and the play is over. This nifty sleight of hand is Shakespeare's way of showing that when you get noble emotions and character flowing together, things go smoothly and naturally.
The overall theme of the play develops around the relative conflicts that lust, love, friendship, and forgiveness can create and overcome. Proteus is a man who seems literally crazed by his attraction to Silvia so that he loses all of his finer qualities. Yet even he can be redeemed, after almost doing a most foul act. The play is very optimistic in that way.
I particularly enjoy the plot device of having Proteus and Julia (pretending to be a page) playing in the roles of false suitors for others to serve their own interests. Fans of Othello will enjoy these foreshadowings of Iago.
The words themselves can be a bit bare at times, requiring good direction and acting to bring out the full conflict and story. For that reason, I strongly urge you to see the play performed first. If that is not possible, do listen to an audio recording as you read along. That will help round out the full atmosphere that Shakespeare was developing here.
After you finish Two Gentlemen of Verona, think about where you would honor friendship above love, where equal to love, and where below love. Is friendship less important than love? Or is friendship merely less intense? Can you experience both with the same person?
Enjoy close ties of mutual commitment . . . with all those you feel close to!
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After seeing the wonderful RSC production of this play, which I only knew from the old BBC filmed version, I wanted to re-read it before seeing it again. I like the RSC individual play editions: they are easy to handle, much more so than any one-volume edition of Shakespeare. The introductions are useful, and the back of the book has a lot of information about the history of the play's performance; in this case, there's an interview with two directors who staged the play.

The text is in a single column, very readable, with notes at the bottom of the page. I'm slowly adding to my collection of the RSC editions, as they're among the most usable single editions out there. They're a lot slimmer than the Arden editions, which have far more critical information, but this is enough for me.
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on 19 September 2013
It isn't the most popular play by Shakespeare, but I enjoyed reading The Two Gentlemen of Verona to my class and which we had a debate about loyalty and friendship in the classroom. I encourage my students to read these books during story time as the narrative is easier for young readers to grasp.
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on 31 January 2015
Out of all the Shakespeare plays, it is by far the most entertaining and simple to understand. It only took me an hour to read. Give it a go!
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on 9 July 2013
I down load this play as I was going to see a performance. It was hard to read so only read the first scene. To watch as a play it was very funny so pleased reading it did not put me off going to see it.
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on 21 September 2013
I was very glad to get this free of charge, and enjoyed reading it. I plan to recommend it to my friends. Thank you.
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on 2 July 2013
This book was a real find as The Two Gentlemen of Verona is not one of Shakespeare's well known plays so it was great to find this childrens' synopsis.
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on 21 July 2013
I needed to read this play for a U3A study group & it was good to re - read after many ,many years.
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