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As You Like It by William Shakespeare

As You Like It (1623)

by William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare

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This pastoral comedy is one of Shakespeare's best loved, owing to its delightful heroine-the wise, witty, and virtuous Rosalind. Rosalind, daughter of the deposed Duke Senior, is exiled from the court by her wicked uncle. Disguising herself as a young man and accompanied by her cousin Celia, she takes refuge in the Forest of Arden. In the forest Rosalind meets Orlando with whom she is in love, but her male disguise complicates matters, especially when Rosalind finds she has unwittingly attracted the shepherdess Phebe. But out of the confusion comes reconciliation and forgiveness, and all ends happily. Rosalind is played by Niamh Cusack, Orlando by Stephen Mangan. Victoria Hamilton is Celia, and Gerard Murphy is Jaques.… (more)



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I recently ordered this L.A. Theater Works audio production for work and couldn't resist the temptation of having James Marsters reading Shakespeare in my ears. The production is excellent and while the physical comedy that comes with cross-dressing is obviously missing, the actors do an excellent job of conveying the comedy using just their voices. An excellent way to revisit the Bard. ( )
  MickyFine | May 3, 2019 |
This is a great collection, worthy of a place in the library of any Shakespeare-phile. Rather than just being a glorified book of excerpts, or one of those tacky dimestore books that collect some basic "love" quotes from the Sonnets, 'Shakespeare As You'd Like It' is more like a compendium of phrases and speeches from the Bard's work. The breadth of the collection should be evidenced by the fact that Kennedy has picked 3000 quotes from 15 plays - that's 200 per play on average. Quotes range from entire speeches to phrases and clever retorts, and includes many that are at first elusive or opaque, which means that even the most pretentious intellectual will find some new material to add to their repertoire. Whether you're using this to sound intelligent in conversation or just to have a laugh, this is the way to go.

I'm not sure whether the promised Volume II (to cover the remaining majority of Shakespeare's canon) was ever released, but I hope so. There are a couple of issues here - I sometimes take argument with Kennedy's footnotes, which I don't think are always accurate in their translation - but for the most part this is a collection far more worthy than you might think at face value. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
One of my faves by the Bard.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Seeing as I am not a native English speaker, this was quite difficult to read. I suspect much of the humor and wit went right over my head... :-)

But this was something I wanted to do for the longest time. Partly inspired by my high school English teacher who battled to expose us barbarians to some culture. We did a poem by Shakespeare in class and it was an eyeopener for me. Since then I was fascinated by him. I love all the movies made from his works, but never read any plays. Well, now i can cross it off my list. ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
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Title: As You Like It
Series: ----------
Author: William Shakespeare
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Play, Comedy
Pages: 120
Format: Digital Edition


Orlando, youngest son of a dead lord, has been cheated by his older brother. He runs off to the Duke, out wrestles the duke's champion and meets, and falls in love with, Rosalind. He then runs off to the forest because the Duke didn't like his pappy. There he pines for Rosalind. He meets a young man, who is really Rosalind in diguise ands woos said young man who claims that he can cure anyone of love. Orlando is successful and Rosalind marries him, all the while she is orchestrating the marriage of 2 other couples along with her own nuptials. Orlando's brother gives up the estates to him, the naughty duke, Rosalind's Uncle, takes religious vows and Rosalind's daddy becomes ruler.

Everybody is happy. The End.

My Thoughts:

I keep wanting to treat these plays like novels and you just can't do that. The value contained in the words aren't necessarily the actual plots. Boy and Girl fall in love, overcome Incredible Odds, Happy Ending for Everyone. That story is as old and Jacob and Rachel. Yet, seeing these plot points is good as it gives you the necessary understanding of where so much of our modern stories come from. There is truly nothing new under the sun.

You can say that again.

What I am liking is the metred cadence. This is a play. It is meant to be spoken. While I am not, at this point in time, reading these outloud, I am not discounting the idea of doing that for one of these, just to hear how it flows. I am no thespian, nor poetic enough to write in iambic pentameter, but some time this year I'm going to try to write one of my reviews like it was a Shakespeare play. I already know that will take some serious work. The whole mindset has to be different than the prose I am used to and think in.

Honestly, I can't even tell you exactly what iambic pentameter IS or how to do it. I know roughly it is so many this and thats over so many lines, blah, blah, blah. Not sure if rhyming is necessary or not. See, I have a lot to learn before I even attempt a review like that. And Shakespeare wrote a whole raft full of the bloody things.

★★★☆½ ( )
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Shakespeare, WilliamAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shakespeare, Williammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bisson, Isabel J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brissenden, AlanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burchell, S.C.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns, and, as thou sayest, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my sadness.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances;
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The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.
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