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The Taming of the Shrew (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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Highly entertaining: a great farce drawn from the battle of the sexes. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
What can I say...
I love Shakespeare's poetic language, wit and his insight into the human condition. But, I must be honest and tell you that I had to force myself to finish this book because I'm an independent, liberated, modern woman and I don't think there's anything funny about the way Pet. mentally abused Kate.
Here we have a lying rouge who is cast as a hero as he uses psychological war-fare, humiliation and starvation to bend the will of a wealthy woman, just to get her money. This is the kind of thing we read about in the news; some wealthy woman being taken-in by a playboy that she met on an internet dating site. It wasn't funny back in the day and it isn't funny now.
Good thing he didn't try that with Lorena Bobbitt...SMILE!!! ( )
  Madamxtra | Mar 16, 2017 |
Well, Toto, we're a long way from Beatrice and Benedick here, that's for sure! This is among the plays that are Much better watched than read, if only because directors and actors can make subtle adaptations and add nuance to situations and characters who are, as written, fairly brutal and unattractive. Done “right,” this is a very entertaining play – I particularly enjoyed the BBC's “Shakespeare Retold” version, starring Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell. As with “Much Ado About Nothing,” though, “The Taming of the Shrew” features one interesting couple and one dull one. Bianca and her swain actually spend very little time together, but it's plenty. Katherine and Petruchio may or may not be suited to each other, but we'll never know because Petruchio has all the power and no qualms about using it. What “saves” the play is Katherine's own sheer nastiness, as evidenced by her unwarranted brutality to both her sister and her tutor. She's been bullying her family and servants, so we don't feel terribly sorry for her when she receives the same treatment from her new husband. The clowns in “Shrew” are irritating rather than witty, and the framing device adds little. Still, it's Shakespeare, and there are some clever wordplays, images, and amusing bits of dialog. And Katherine and Petruchio do seem to have arranged an amicable detente by the end, where we can feasibly imagine them going along for several years before one of them murders the other. ( )
  meandmybooks | Jan 11, 2017 |
This is what inspired me to get into acting. I had to read it several times and watch the movie version several times (Burton & Taylor), but when it sunk in . . . it changed my life. ( )
  randybabbs | Sep 30, 2016 |
I've been slowly making my way back through Shakespeare's canon in the amazing Folio Letterpress editions. I pretty much read them all in high school but it's been so long that I have forgotten the lesser known plays. However, I bumped this one up in the reading queue because I just discovered the new Hogarth Shakespeare series. The project pairs acclaimed and bestselling novelists with the plays to re-imagine and retell them. So I'll be reading Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler as soon as it arrives from Powell's. But enough of that...

While the play was enjoyable for the battle of wills between Kate and Petruchio, and made for some comedy, great passages, and quotes, the ally in me exited the "theater" with disgust. Kate's last speech might have been what was pushed as the norm in the Bard's time, and some people might wish it was the "family value" way still. But that speech didn't sit well with this feminist; rather, it almost pushed me over the edge of forgetting the play was written 450 years ago.

Nevertheless, it is Shakespeare, and I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to see the Shrew staged. Nor am I ever sorry to read one of his plays in this particular edition. So thumbs up on the wit and artistry of Shakespeare; thumbs down on Kate's transformation.
  jveezer | Sep 27, 2016 |
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Baudissin, Wolf Heinrich GrafTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergin, Thomas GoddardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevington, David M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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