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The Taming of the Shrew (original 1623; edition 2011)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:The Taming of the Shrew
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Simon & Brown (2011), Paperback, 148 pages
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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (1623)

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Hilarious. Great word play. Okay, the plot is not up to modern tastes, but one needs to read Shakespeare with the mindset of an Elizabethean...
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
Another school required read but this one is slightly different. This was my very first Shakespeare, and at twelve even! I have loved it ever since then. I haven't read it in almost ten years and felt it was due time to re-read. Being older now I was able to appreciate more of the humor, especially the witty bickering between Petruchio and Katherine (the shrew) in their first scene together. It's long been my favorite because of how clever and quick it is. I smiled the entire time at how ridiculous it is. I was very happy to get to read it again. ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 17, 2014 |
Is it justified to claim the play is misogynistic, or is Shakespeare trying to make a comment about gender roles during his time? The Shrew shows the great efforts (actually, ridiculous efforts) Petruchio goes through to "tame" Kate, who is at first headstrong but ultimately ends up spouting pseudo-bilogical rhetoric about the inferiority of women. In A Shrew, her speech is on religious grounds rather than biological and Emilia pushes back against claims that she herself is a shrew by saying it is better to be a shrew than a sheep. Sly, rather than disappearing oddly, more so frames the narrative in A Shrew as a delusional, drunken "lord" who dreams that he has learned to "tame a shrew" (his wife). Did Shakespeare opt for subtlety as more effective (perhaps more allowable?) in The Shrew as opposed to his pointed critiques in A Shrew? ( )
  poetontheone | Feb 3, 2014 |
A better play to see than read. There's room for a lot of physical comedy here, and I think it shows that WS was better at tragedy than broad farce. Still, it's noted as having been read four times. "Kiss Me, Kate!" is more fun. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 22, 2013 |
Surprisingly, I didn't like this. I found the beginning funny, but nothing else. :/
  Melumebelle | Aug 8, 2013 |
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Bergin, Thomas G.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergin, Thomas GoddardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I'll pheeze you, in faith.
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No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en;

In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
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This is the story of two young women, one sweet and gentle, the other a shrew. One marries for love, the other for money. Who is happier? The answer may surprise you!
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