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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
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The Tempest (1610)

by William Shakespeare

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Prospero, wise Duke of Milan, has been deposed by Antonio, his wicked brother and exiled with his daughter Miranda to a mysterious island. But Prospero possesses supernatural powers. Composed at the end of Shakespeare's career, the play contains some of his most lyrical dramatic verse.
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    Forbidden Planet by W. J. Stuart (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: The Tempest in outer space.
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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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    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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    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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    Mama Day by Gloria Naylor (susanbooks)
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    The Collector by John Fowles (Booksloth)
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    Prospero's Daughter by Elizabeth Nunez (susanbooks)
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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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Note: I didn't read any of the supplemental information in this book, just the play itself.

It's hard to like the bulk of these characters. Most of them are very flawed, and presented as such. However, it's a well written play, and the story has a lot going on. Shakespeare is considered "classic" for a reason, and "The Tempest" is no exception. I enjoyed my re-read of it, and would enjoy seeing it performed sometime. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
It's Shakespeare. Really, what else can I say? ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
A great play. Never forget Sir Patrick Stewart in the title role. This version includes: Forward, Intro, essay on The Tempest in performance (through 1984), description of the Globe, essay on Shakespeare's sources (with excerpts), annotated bibliography, memorable lines. ( )
  deckla | Jul 18, 2018 |
Dramatized audio recordings of are difficult for to listen to because there are so many minor characters. This one was a bit more manageable. ( )
  neverstopreading | Mar 13, 2018 |
Even a genius is allowed to be average once in a while. Reportedly the last play Shakespeare wrote on his own, I can't help but wonder if he mailed it in on this. Maybe he needed the money? Maybe he was fulfilling a contract for one more play, much like Hitchcock did with the abhorrent movie Jamacia Inn, his last British production before moving to Hollywood. Whatever the case, The Tempest was neither romantic enough to make me fall in love, tragic enough to make me sad or funny enough to make me laugh. But, it is Shakespheare so even his meh efforts are better than most, but still. Not up to his standards.

I read along with the text while I listened to the audio version, a practice I highly recommend. I wish I could have done that in high school. I'll definitely suggest immersion reading to my children as they enter high school and discover Shakespeare.

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  MelissaLenhardt | Mar 11, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Shakespeare, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, John F.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barton, AnneEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Black, Ebenezer CharltonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blatchford, RoyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, MartinEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deighton, K.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dulac, EdmundIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gollancz, IsraelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, George B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holland, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hudson, Henry N.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kastan, David ScottIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kermode, FrankEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kittredge, George LymanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Komrij, GerritTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lodovici, Cesare VicoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mowat, Barbara A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orgel, StephenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rolfe, William JamesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tiffany, GraceEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vaughan, Alden T.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vaughan, Virginia MasonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verity, A. W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werstine, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, StanleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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
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Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me
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I prize above my dukedom.
The fringed curtains of thine eye advance.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0451527127, 0140714855, 0141016647

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