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Often credited with creating a popular movie audience for Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh has wanted for many years to bring to the screen the complete, full-length version of Hamlet, Shakespeare's greatest play.

"The film, like the play, will have something for everyone," he says. "Its a ghost story, a thriller, an action-packed murder mystery, and a great tragedy that is pro
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1996)
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Act I, Scene I

Hamlet enters.

HAMLET: OK, Where's that ghost everyone told me about?

Jane Eyre enters.

HAMLET: Wait a minute. Who are you?

JANE" My name is Jane Eyre and I'm looking for Master Rochester.

HAMLET: I think you walked in on the wrong...You know...You're kind of cute for a British chick.

JANE: You're not bad yourself. Do you own a manor?

HAMLETS: (laughs) No, I own a castle.

JANE: Did I ask for Rochester...Who's Rochester? You don't by an
Paul Bryant
roll up, roll up



JANE EYRE (dressed in full armour, with beard, and speaking in a ridiculous gruff voice)

Now, Wamlet, hear:
'Tis given out that, sleeping in my worchard,
A serpent stung me; so the whole wombat of Denmark
Is by a forged process of my death
Wankly abused: but know, thou noble youth,
The serpent that did sting thy father's life
Now wears his cwown.

[The Governessator is toying with the credulous Prince.]

O my prophetic soul! My uncle!

Un 5/5, un 50, un 5.000, un 500.000, lo que sea, hasta el infinito y más.

Shakespeare es sabiduría a raudales, humor perspicaz (no creía que me llegaría a reír tanto) y un visionario como hay pocos.

*No sé qué hacía perdiendo el tiempo sin leerlo*

This book is about the Prince of Denmark named Hamlet, something bad changes Hamlet's life. His father, is the late King Hamlet. He was killed. Shortly after, his mother married Hamlet's uncle instead of letting Hamlet taking the throne. Hamlet's anger towards his mother and uncle grew after his father came to him in a ghost form and told Hamlet, he was murdered by his new step dad. Hamlet promises to revenge his death but stalls when he finds out it was Claudius, the new king and his mother's n ...more
Bethany White
This has always been a favorite of mine. I understand that people may either love or hate Shakespeare, however I am unable to comprehend the latter. Shakespeare's characters provide a deep psychology for the audience to grab on to. Although one may not neccessarily agree with a specific character's motives or ideals, he or she is absolutely able to now argue the character's mind set; you are in their mind and understand how they see the world. This is a literary vacation in my opinion; to be abl ...more
Lydia Nolan
Such a remarkable bildungsroman: a book of development. The young Hamlet, who has to grow up when his father is suspiciously killed, and his uncle suddenly marries his mother. Hamlet is forced to decide whether or not he will honor his father's ghost who tells him that his own brother has killed him to marry his wife--Hamlet's mother. The story goes on to tell how Hamlet's decision creates the complications and final resolve, but it is amazing how Shakespeare (again) is a master at the psycholog ...more
'Twas okay
Michelle Huot
Update: So it has been about 2 weeks since I saw this on stage. I still can't decide whether I hated it more or less after watching it all live. The play was...mediocre. I was told that I would be seeing a traditional Shakespearean play and yet what I got was some nonsense interpretation. If a theatrical institution receives millions upon millions of donations a year I expect more historically accurate costumes and actual props. The acting was fabulous, but the casting made little sense. Horatio ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Kelex rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Formerly a member of the Royal Shakespearean Company, actor/director Kenneth Branagh confesses that he has been intrigued and in some ways obsessed by Hamlet from early on in his life, early teens and before.

That intense devotion-bordering-on-obsession serves this book well, as well as it's movie counterpart. Both the introduction and the film diary give excellent insights into not just how the movie was made, but the play itself, and how things that we don't notice--for example, what a good st
Jen Chough
This was the first work of Shakespeare's I'd ever read and is still my second favorite (Henry V being the first). No need to mention all the familiar, insightful quotes from this most famous of plays; it is a brilliant work of art. And no, I do not adhere to the Oedipal interpretation of Hamlet and his mother's relationship. I don't see much difference between his relationship with his mom as I do with even modern men, especially coming from an ethnic culture. It's always hard, being an only chi ...more
Robby Bassler
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Perhaps the most profound gem of Shakespearean wisdom can be found within Hamlet's pages in the famous soliloquy:
To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, pe
Georgia Radtke
I recently read "Hamlet" William Shakespeare. This story has many weird twists that are much unexpected. Due to all of the turns in the story, I lost interest in some parts. Basically the entire moral of the story is revenge, and who is seeking who at what given time. Hamlet, the main character has to build up the strength to seek the revenge he is looking for and in the end something happens that takes the reader for ninety degree turn. Not only is "Hamlet" about revenge but also true love.

Anna Potter
No prostě bomba no :) Fakt se mi to líbilo a bylo to jako povinná četba, tak proč ne, že? :)
Nečetla jsem tuto verzi, četla jsem nějakou asi padesát let starou a je to strašně pěkné vydání. :)
Jon Bagt
Hamlet é uma obra intemporal e fundadora da literatura universal. Na releitura da mesma, após 20 anos de intervalo, as impressões são ainda mais vivas: o lugar do outro como impossibilidade, a fragilidade da natureza humana, a perversão da condição humana, a aleatoriedade das coisas perecíveis, a subjectividade do juízo e as questões do poder, do amor e da morte. Toda a existência é dissecada em diálogos assombrosos. O mote da acção é o assassinato do pai de Hamlet pelo tio. E é este acontecime ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Hamlet, of course, is always amazing; however, for those who will be viewing the play rather than reading it, Kenneth Branagh's is the one. (The David Tennant film is tepid; the Ethan Hawke one is unbearable.)
Alice Boulom
I like this drama very much, it's a happy comedy. it talks about the The fianl victory of justice over evil during humna's simple life.
the plot of shakespeare's plays always be dramatic. you cant guess the final ending easily, sometimes it's like riding bike on the mountain, at the moment you enjot the high-exciting feeling one the top of the hill, next second, you just find, where you stand now is a Steep cliff,quite funny,when the time the lovers face to trouble, face to dark, when the time ex
Matthew Simmons
Quite simply the greatest play ever written, in my opinion. While Branagh's film adaptation isn't my favorite, it's still very good and I generally love his take on the Bard.
Not as in depth as I had hoped. This film means so much to me and I was hoping this book would deepen my appreciation of it. Sadly, it's pretty superficial.
Alicia Samson
I enjoyed reading "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, because it was different than most stories you would read today. In "Hamlet" the prince of Denmark, Young Hamlet struggles to handle the changes in his life. His father, the late king Hamlet, dies. Shortly after his mother remarries his uncle instead of him taking the throne. Hamlet's anger towards his mother and uncle grew after his father came to him in a ghost form and told him he was murdered by his new step dad. Hamlet promises to revenge h ...more
One of the joys to me in reading Shakespeare is the reminder of all the little phrases we use in our daily lives that originated with him. Sure, there are the big ones that no one says except when they are TRYING to bring up Shakespeare: someone throws "to be or not to be" into a conversation and everyone chuckles "ah, yes, Shakespeare." But there are so many other common idioms that we don't think to attribute. I turn a page in Hamlet, and oh there's one: The cat will mew and dog will have his ...more
Catalina Navarrete Gaete
Al principio me tenía fascinada, me decía"que he estado con mi vida sin Guillermo Agitaperas", pero... Desde el momento en que sucede lo de Inglaterra y Hamlet, me aburrió. Esperaba mucha más emoción en el final. Pero, por lo que me entretuvo la primera mitad y esos hermosos diálogos filosóficos y el increíble "Ser o no ser, esa es la cuestión...." le doy un 3.5
Izzy Randall
This is definitely one of Shakespeare's best work and one which is really quite enjoyable to read. I've seen the production with David tenant in and it certainly does it justice in my eyes. If you like a tragedy then I would definitely recommend. It's far more easy to understand than his history plays but I would still suggest reading it twice!
My middle-school English teacher had a poster of Hamlet that showed a portrait (with dagger) and quotes and critiques. Years later I got the same-series posters of Romeo and Juliet. Anyway, I was in love with Hamlet, right from the start. It's still my favorite of Shakespeare's plays.
High School reading of plays is an absolute bore. No emotion (even with the Cliff Notes) at all. That being said, Hamlet is the first Shakespeare (tragedy) play that I experienced in the theater. What a difference. My personal belief is that if Shakespeare is required reading in school, there should be an option to see an excellent portrayal of his works either by a form of media or actually going to the theater. It may change your perspective on the master and his works. Also, I would suggest s ...more
When I read Hamlet during my seinor I was looking forward to it, to be honest I've never been a fan of Shakespeare, nothing personal but I've never enjoyed his work, and at the end of day I end up disagreeing with him (don't kill me shakespeare fans) but Hamlet look different, and it seemed interesting.

It was, but I just didn't enjoy it as much. And to be honest, it hasn't changed my point of view on Shakespeare writing. Although I did find that the name Ophelia is a wonderful girl name, and I h
this was a bit hard to understand considering some words were too complicated so I had to have my dictionary always ready. Lol! I know... but I really did enjoy this book because I did get to the end and finally understood what it was about.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare:
I thought that the story was rather ponderous. I echoed Hamlet's sentiment that he should do something instead of whining about his misery, but then he keeps up a ponderous scharade in front of his uncle and exhibits more and more crazy ebhavior instead of avenging his father. Young Hamlet just keeps causing trouble for everyone, and the misogyny directed at Ophelia, who never stands up for herself, is depressing. Overall, a ponderous and depressing story with much
JM Blackie
One of the greatest plays ever written, still studied, still troubling and enigmatic. Will I ever understand what "really" happens in the play, or is it ultimately up to the play-goer/reader?
Michael Young
Want a Shakespeare story with family drama? Then the classic Hamlet is the novel to view. Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark who finds out from his dead father, King Hamlet, that his brother killed him with the use of poison. Action-packed, tragic-love, and betrayal are all elements that can describe the process that Hamlet goes through to prove the murderer, at the expense of others. However it is going to be difficult, because who is the uncle, also the murderer, married to? Queen Hamlet! The per ...more
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