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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

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    Forbidden Planet by W. J. Stuart (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: The Tempest in outer space.
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    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Sylak)
    Sylak: Caliban in The Tempest has many parallels with John the Savage in Brave New World.
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    Ariel by Grace Tiffany (gabeblaze)
    gabeblaze: Ariel is the story of the tempest from the knavish sprite Ariel's point of view, the story is basically the same as the classic The Tempest, with some exceptions.
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    Mama Day by Gloria Naylor (susanbooks)
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    The Tempest, Symphonic Fantasia in F minor by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: A musical spin-off worth reading/hearing. If you can, read the score. If you can't, check any of the available recordings (Abbado, Fistoulari, Pletnev, Jarvi, Litton, Stokowski, Toscanini).
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    The Collector by John Fowles (Booksloth)
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    The Sea and the Mirror by W. H. Auden (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: A literary spin-off that surpasses the original. A rare case indeed! What Will started 400 years ago, Wystan finished in the last century: he turned the cardboard stereotypes into real characters.
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    An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: In der Einleitung zu "an unofficial rose" von Iris Murdoch schreibt Anthony D. Nuttal: "But this book is really much more Shakespearen than it is Dickensian, The Tempest, which will figure so prominently in The Sea, The Sea, is powerfully though less obtrusively operative in this earlier book."… (more)
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    The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer (sturlington)
    sturlington: The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a steampunk retelling of The Tempest

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The Tempest is extra prancy vis-à-vis Shakespeare's general œuvre, and it has those lines: "dreams are made on," "suffer a sea change," "brave new world," that fill you with shivers no matter how cynical and dried-out you get; and as a grab-bag for images and ideas it is rich as anything, from the colonial stuff to the uncomfortable relationship between Prospero and Miranda to the exploration of "magic as such" to the Freudian tones; and I can certainly see how the various machinations of Prospero and Ariel and Caliban would make for some good Elizabethan dramaturgy. So I'm almost embarrassed this isn't among my very favourite Shakespeares, and I have tried hard to convince myself it was; but for me it comes down to how much of the play is kind of inert, in, it seems, the expectation that we'll be so agape with wonder at the wonder of it all not to wonder why the various windy shipwrecked Italians don't quit wandering and get on with their evil schemes and all. This is to say, if it were cut to 90 minutes and we got a lot less of Antonio, Sebastian, Alonso, Gonzalo, and especially Stephano and Trinculo it would make all the difference, for me. Maybe I'll change my mind when I see it staged again, but for now, after reading it in a lovely setting (afloat on Lizard Lake in an inner tube, sunburning my shins, not a squall in sight), this was a four-star production for me, squarely second-tier where the Bard is concerned. ( )
1 vote MeditationesMartini | Jul 11, 2017 |
Being Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest is a masterful piece in which he uses Prospero as a stand-in for himself within a play full of the magic of stagecraft and his position as playwright.

Using all the mystical techniques at his disposal (theatre), Prospero the magician (playwright) writes his tale of revenge as a ship containing his treasonous brother sails near enough to the island for him to set the stage at long last.

The Tempest also stands as a magnificent tale even without the allegory. The rightful Duke of Milan (Prospero) is set adrift along with his daughter by his treacherous brother, but manages to survive on an island for twelve years with the help of his magic and the spirits of the island he has impressed into his service. Now, the King of Naples sails home along with Prospero's brother and he can finally seek his revenge, making sure to set his daughter into a happy role as well before things are done.

I just love the way this play uses the stage to show Prospero's magic and Ariel's abilities. It truly is a great work by one of the masters.

This particular volume I picked up from a local library sale and intend to add it to my Little Free Library for someone else to discover. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Jun 19, 2017 |
Given the influence of Montaigne on this play, and given that I willingly choose to fall into the bias that Shakespeare is too cool a dude to do anything wrong even according the standards of our time (which, let's face it, everyone from every time likes to think), I will state my faith in Shakespeare's sympathy with the colonized and not the colonizer while simultaneously (and intentionally) making it a complicated issue of being unable to fully take sides in any issue that involves human beings. Also I am ridiculously excited for the upcoming film. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
Most of my experience with Shakespeare has been through his tragedies, which I read in high school many, many moons ago, so I found this one to be refreshing to read because it doesn’t end with everyone dying miserably
This one has all of Shakespeare’s typical elements, spirits, revenge, a man and woman see each other once and fall madly in love, and someone plots to kill someone else so they can have all the power. But, despite the similarities that I’ve read in his other works, I did enjoy this one. The story had something different to it, the characters were amusing at times, and the addition of the magical realism elements woven into the story was also enjoyable.

I did find that certain parts were hard to trudge through, but that happens with Shakespeare when his characters ramble on about their woes or whatever seems to be ailing them.

Overall, I enjoyed the book – which I read so I can read Margaret Atwood’s retelling, Hag-Seed.

Also found on my book review blog Jules' Book Reviews - The Tempest ( )
  bookwormjules | Jan 15, 2017 |
Amazingg.. It has the ability to enchant every reader through its imagination. The part that I liked less is how (most probably unwittingly I suppose) did Shakespeare show how did Colonisation worked and the attitude of the colonised towards the coloniser. Overall, it gave me a feel of an old tale finishing up. All the negative characters were simply puppets in the hands of Prospers and it was in the understanding of the endurance that we were able to enjoy the present conquests of Prospero. Overall, a wonderful read. ( )
  pjulian | Jan 4, 2017 |
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I would fain die a dry death.
Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.
The fringed curtains of thine eye advance.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743482832, Mass Market Paperback)

Each edition includes:

• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

• Scene-by-scene plot summaries

• A key to famous lines and phrases

• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

Essay by Barbara A. Mowat

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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Presents Shakespeare's play about a shipwrecked Duke who learns to command the spirits.

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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0451527127, 0140714855, 0141016647

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