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Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
As part of the Signet Classics Shakespeare Series edited by Sylvan Barnet of Tufts University, this edition includes commentaries on both plays as well as up-to-date production histories.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Signet (first published June 1st 1986)
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Mar 24, 2016 Aubrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, school
Titus Adronicus is the first play I read for my class on Shakespearean Tragedy. The lowdown from the prof is that there's been controversey over whether Shakespeare even wrote the thing, the fallout resulting in the lack of a Titus-Adronicus-only edition on Goodreads for my reviewing purposes. So, this review is a lie, as I likely won't get to Timon of Athens until I take on my copy of the Complete Works in one fell swoop. The important thing is, contention or not, said Complete Works has this p ...more
Jacques Coulardeau
This play by Shakespeare is a founding play in his career. He will never accumulate that much physical cruelty in another play, preferring psychological or mental cruelty to such gross and even sickening horror.

One element has to be emphasized. The role of “pairs of brothers” in this play. Titus Andronicus has a brother Marcus Andronicus who plays a major role in the plot. Titus Andronicus had twenty-five sons and only four (presented as two pairs: Martius-Mutis and Lucius-Quintus) come back fr
Apr 27, 2013 Jocelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Read Titus Andronicus for class.
Rounded down to 2 stars for both.

2.5 stars for Titus Andronicus.

Titus Andronicus is about a Roman soldier who becomes the target of revenge after he sentences the son of the queen-of-Goths-turned-Empress to death.

Normally, people will say -- and myself included -- that I have very few problems with gore and violence in fictional works (i.e. cinema, television, video games); in fact, I might relish it a bit because I'm not really a violent person and when it comes
Sep 06, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I am far from a Shakespearean scholar, I do possess a degree in English and find myself often defending Titus Adronicus as one of my favorite Shakespearean works. Though it has outlandish violence against women and men, children and adults, and a host of other issues, it plays well as an examination and morality play about the cost of revenge. It is, perhaps, the literary equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino film like Reservoir Dogs or Kill Bill... the quest for revenge takes a toll on all w ...more
Sep 25, 2016 David rated it liked it
I now know why the Romans found it necessary to construct Vomitoria...and why theatres appropriated the term. What a gruesome bloodbath! Given that Titus has already lost 21 of his 25 sons when the play starts, the subsequent carnage really shouldn't come as a surprise. But it's horrifying and mind-numbing nonetheless.

Sweeney Todd without the sensibilty and devoid of its persistent humor. Even so it can be quite a wild night in the theatre.

"Timon of Athens" and its inherent difficulties are cove
Emelia Hutchinson
Oct 17, 2016 Emelia Hutchinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timon of Athens: I actually really enjoyed this. Having read about the national theatres 2012 production I couldn't help but imagine Simon Russell Beale at the helm of the cast which is never a bad thing. Much more interesting than I was expecting.
Feb 16, 2015 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, plays, classics
Shakespeare's gory revenge play, "Titus Andronicus" seems like the Tarantino flick of its day, complete with amputations, cannibalism and every note of human cruelty and resentment.

The titular character is a honor-fixated Roman general who returns from years of warfare to a populace that wants to crown him emperor as tribute. He turns down the role, handing it over to the former emperor's son instead. After the new emperor marries the queen Titus vanquished, however, things go wrong quickly.

Sep 26, 2013 Riki rated it liked it
After studying a couple semesters of the works of William Shakespeare in college I am no longer quite as stunned by the extreme violence and the ill fates that befall his characters, yet Titus Andronicus still comes as a bit of a shock. In perhaps the most epic show of revenge in all of literary history, Titus Andronicus tells the sordid tale of what happens when you cross a scorned Roman and the queen of the Goths who has all of a sudden become the Empress.

In this play of the ultimate revenge
Shay Hopper
I liked this drama/tragedy, Titus was a proud man who lost his son and went mad once his daughter was raped and mutilated. this story and many sad places where you expected and a lot of places where you saw great humility. Titus being able to cut has hand off to save his son was not only admirable but showed great love for his family, ultimately it was futile. I do believe that sometimes people are pushed to the edge as Titus was and will do the craziest things to get back at people. Like Titus ...more
Candice Hill
Feb 17, 2010 Candice Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really really dark. I am pretty sure that Aaron is one of the darkest characters to have ever been created. After reading this I have met a girl named Lavinia and pray that her parents didn't name her after the girl in this play! She is beautiful and because of it her husband is murdered, she is raped and beaten, her hands and tongue get cut off and in the end her father slits her throat. Dark, dark, dark. Though I did like some lines that were written. They were spoken by Titus Andronicus when ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this in my Shakespeare's Early Plays course this past semester. I found upon reading it that I may not be a fan of how it is written, but I truly can appreciate the plot and thought put into it. Unlike most people, I have not read an overt amount of Shakespeare, but I found myself enjoying the mindset of the characters he was able to create especially in this play. The only major issue I had in the end of the play is I don't know exactly what happens to Titus' last living son, Luci ...more
Keith Mukai
Titus is pretty crazy, gory stuff. However, it did give us: "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" Honestly, I'd just rent Julie Taymor's excellent adaptation with Anthony Hopkins. It's got weird past-mixed-with-present art direction but the play itself is weird so it all works quite well.

ps - I highly recommend the Signet Classics editions for all of Shakespeare's works. They have the best footnote/annotation system I've seen. It enhances readability and still gives you all the info you'd ne
Laura Jackson
Titus Andronicus was one of the most violent plays I have read and would be extremely interested in seeing this acted out.

Timon of Athens was quite dark and overarching doom that hangs over Timon hangs over the play as well and, as a reader, you know the outcome isn't going to be pleasant.

They are not my favourite Shakespeare plays, but they were compelling and I enjoyed reading them.
I only read Titus (for a class). Those two stars are for Aaron, who is an evil badass and extremely compelling, and Marcus, who is the only sane person in the play. The scholarship around Titus Andronicus is much more interesting than the play itself, IMO. I think the psychology is cursory (even by Elizabethan standards) and most of the characters are boring.
Amy Layton
Dec 18, 2014 Amy Layton rated it it was amazing
Titus Andronicus is what made this edition a 5. Full of tragedy, murder, and my favorite--cannibalism. Timon of Athens is also rather good, but as I did not read that one for a class, I felt that I was less engaged in it, although I find it to be realistic on a different level than Titus. Each play has its merits.
D. Eric
Jan 10, 2009 D. Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Blood, blood, everywhere! I had thought Macbeth a bloody play, but it has nothing on Titus Andronicus. This fast-paced play is a bit confusing at first but quickly sorts itself out. It is a tale of revenge and makes no bones about it. Not for the faint of heart, it is nevertheless a worthy Shakespeare read.
Jan 24, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is shakespeare at one of his best. it's not just a tragedy. but it's kind of gangster. its a great play i recommend it to anyone, and i also recommend the movie Titus by Julie Taymore with Anthony Hopkins, amazing.
Jan 11, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok
Titus Andronicus = seriously not my thing. Blood and gore and violence, yuck. And I can't stop thinking about how The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged portrayed it as a cooking show...

At least I don't have to read Timon of Athens for class!
Mar 31, 2012 Yasmeen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
Titus Andronicus: Definitely on the weirder side of Shakespeare, this one is pretty violent and intense. I really enjoyed it though, in spite of or perhaps because of its strangeness. Actually, I prefer it by far to the other play in this book, Timon of Athens
Apr 17, 2012 Stina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Titus Andronicus was very... interesting. I loved the cheesy amounts of violence and revenge. I think it was written to show what can happen when you let revenge get out of hand, because all it does is start a chain of events.
I read this for a film and literature class -- we only read Titus Andronicus, and I wouldn't bother reading the rest.
Franklin Arbour
Mar 31, 2015 Franklin Arbour rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
The bard could write trash too. Know what annoys me? Academic types who don't see the value in garbage. SHAKESPEARE WROTE GARBAGE SOMETIMES. It's fine, really. Trash is good, you know?
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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