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Perhaps the single most influential work of English drama, William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a timeless tragedy of the conflicted loyalties, madness, betrayal and terrible revenge. This Penguin Shakespeare edition is edited by T.J.B. Spencer with an introduction by Alan Sinfield. 'To be or not to be - that is the question' Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. When yo ...more
Paperback, New Edition, 400 pages
Published April 7th 2005 by Penguin Shakespeare (first published 1602)
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Hamlet, abridged:

GHOST/DAD: Hamlet, your uncle killed me and married your mom. I want vengeance, so best get to murdering, plzthnx.


OPHELIA: Hamlet, are you okay?

HAMLET: Get away from me, skankwhore!

OPHELIA: WTF? *goes from zero to crazy like that*

GERTRUDE: Kid, you need therapy.

HAMLET: And you need to be less of AN ADULTEROUS WHORE!

POLONIUS: OMG so rude!

HAMLET: Eavesdropping? I KEEL YOU!

*play goes on hold while Hamlet talks to skeletons*

LAERTES: You killed my dad and drove my sis
Bill  Kerwin

I don't have any original insights to share from this most recent of god-knows-how-many readings, but this time through I was really struck by:

1) what a damn fine piece of stagecraft this is, from the suspenseful, moody opening on the castle battlements to the solemn dead march carrying the prince offstage, and

2) how Shakespeare seems to want Hamlet's personality--particularly the wellspring of his actions (and lack of action)--to remain an enigma, and that he achieves this by infusing the cha
Paul Bryant
The Skinhead Hamlet - Shakespeare's play translated into modern English. By Richard Curtis. Yes, that Richard Curtis!

Note : those offended by the F word - LOOK AWAY NOW! And Georgia, if you've stumbled on this review by your funny old dad - this is ANOTHER Paul Bryant. Not me!


The Battlements of Elsinore Castle.

[Enter HAMLET, followed by GHOST:]

GHOST: Oi! Mush!


GHOST: I was fucked!

[Exit GHOST:]


[Exit HAMLET:]

The Throneroom.

[Enter KING
Kat Stark
Dec 03, 2015 Kat Stark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So much love for this one. Plus, it's hella easy to make fun of:

Mar 24, 2016 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The sound and the crazy
“All that is amiable and excellent in nature is combined in Hamlet, with the exception of one quality. He is a man living in meditation, called upon to act by every motive human and divine, but the great object of his life is defeated by continually resolving to do, yet doing nothing but resolve.”
Lecture XII, STC.

As much as I admire Coleridge and with the boldness of having read Hamlet only once and therefore being aware I haven’t even managed to scratch the surface of the Paragon of Tragedies
“Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go.”

I don’t know what to say about Hamlet. I could go on about how it is a story of madness and revenge. I could talk about the bonds of family loyalty, the sacrifices of love, the breaches of trust and their deleterious effects on the psyche. But this is old news—Hamlet has been around for over four hundred years. What could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said?

When my wife saw I was reading Shakespeare, her snippy comment went something like, “
J.G. Keely
Shakespeare is an adept poet and master of the language. He layers on jokes, puns, and references everywhere. He has a massive output of work, and a number of different plots. When we compare him to other authors, it is difficult to find anyone who stacks up--but then, we're often comparing him to the wrong people.

Shakespeare didn't write books or pamphlets or epics, he wrote plays: short pieces of drama that were meant to be fast-paced and exciting. That they are mainly experienced today as bou
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Bookworm Sean
Well, I’m an English literature student and I absolutely love Shakespeare’s plays. This is nothing unusual or exciting. Most English student’s live for Shakespeare. So far I’ve enjoyed reading, and studying, everything of his that’s popped up on the reading list until this came along. My reaction surprised me most of all, I never expected to find something of Shakespeare’s that I not only dislike, but also detest. This is also one of his most revered plays, and it’s also considered one of his gr ...more
The singular and peculiar life is bound
With all the strength and armour of the mind
To keep itself from noyance; but much more
That spirit upon whose weal depends and rests
The lives of many. The cease of majesty
Dies not alone, but like a gulf doth draw
What's near it with it. It is a massy wheel
Fixed on the summit of the highest mount,
To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things
Are mortised and adjoined, which when it falls
Each small annexment, petty consequence,
Attends the boist'rous ruin.
Feb 09, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humans
Shelves: literature
I’ve always meant to talk to my mate George about Hamlet and I guess this is as good an opportunity to do so as any.

There are different things I would say to different people about Hamlet – and as this is the near perfect play I guess there ought to be many and various things one could say about it.

The oddest thing about Hamlet is that people always tend to say the same thing – they always say, “Oh yes, Hamlet, the man who hesitates”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t believe i
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Quick reread before The Steep and Thorny Way (retelling WOOT!)

Question : Is it really as crazy I remember or am I delusional?

Answer : Oh okay. Never mind.

Ps. The 4th picture makes me laugh way too much for my own good. Oops.
Ian GalaDali
A Young Lawyer’s Guide to "Hamlet":

Head Note

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark – Young Hamlet still mourns his father’s death – doesn’t like King Claudius marrying his mother, Queen Gertrude, so soon

Ophelia's brother, Laertes, warns her not to fall in love with Young Hamlet - her father Polonius fears she will be hurt

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern investigate Young Hamlet’s strange behavior – Polonius believes he loves Ophelia

Ghost of Hamlet tells Young Hamlet he was poisoned by King Cla
Jason Koivu
May 01, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
"To be or not to be...," that is not my favorite line. My favorite is: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times."

It's that recollection of innocent days that gets me every time, because you know Hamlet is being swept up in a vortex of innocence lost.

STUPID ADULTS! They screw up everything!

I grew up in a truly idyllic setting. As childhoods go, mine was a joy. But then you grow up and you wake up t
"To be or not to be that is the question:"

Is this the most famous line in Shakespeare? It is certainly a contender. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is Shakespeare's longest and most ambitious play, taking over four hours to perform in its entirety. Written at some point between 1599 and 1602, it has such an extensive vocabulary and expressive range, that Shakespeare was emotionally drained afterwards, and was incapable of writing anything for two years. It was not only one of Shakespear
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Final body count = 8

Got the hots for your sister-in-law? Wanna be king? Just bump off your brother and marry his wife! Then your nephew will be your stepson, but you will call him "cousin." Very soon, you and everyone around you will be dead, and some Norwegian dude will plop his dimply butt in your throne.

Mar 16, 2012 Caris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, shakespeare
João Fernandes
(Kronborg Castle)

“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 heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep.
To sleep, perchance to dream.”

[Third read, first time in English]

I had forgotten how much I lov
Norah Una Sumner
How can you not love this sarcastic idiot?

Should you oppose the evil forces of the world and stop them or is it easier to let yourself get lost in dreams and death? Is it possible that by fighting against evil, we often become evil ourselves? Does a man running away from bad things just turn to other,equally bad things, without being aware of it? Do we become cowards by letting the world slowly abuse us or are we just accepting the inevitable? These are some of the questions that are included in
Whitney Atkinson
Dec 16, 2014 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loooooved the plot of this book. Hamlet was amazing and sassy and I loved reading about him. It was just very hard to read because, obviously, it's shakespeare. Had I read this book without spark notes and my teacher, I would NOT have understood it.
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Forever amused at the fact that 90% of the characters in this play all drop dead, like flies.
Joe Valdez
Jul 27, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
To celebrate William Shakespeare on his birthday in April, my plan was to locate a staging of six plays. I'll listen to and watch these on my MacBook, following along to as much of the original text as is incorporated by the production. Later, I'll read the entire play in the modern English version. A good friend I've had since high school recommended this system to me and it's been a very good system for delighting the mind in Shakespeare.

Hamlet was entered in the Stationers' Register in 1602,
This guy completely creeps me out:

Do you realise I had to stage my own suicide to get rid of him? That thing he does with the skull? It isn't the half of it....but you really don't want to know.

Nah. This is the guy for me. Sweet, brings me flowers and honey. Has the cutest friends.

Go Winnie.
Nov 28, 2015 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is a man, if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, looking before and after, gave us not that capability and god-like reason to fust in us unused.

en·thrall (ĕn-thrôl′) tr.v. en·thralled, en·thrall·ing, en·thralls. 1. To hold spellbound; captivate: The magic show enthralled us.

pretty good stuff. a bit derivative of dfw, but overall, not bad. interesting to see what this young man does next. aidan w-m
Riku Sayuj
Single Quote Review:

Every character in Hamlet, if not crazy, then criminal.

~ Chateaubriand.
Grace Tjan
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Hamlet vs Winnie-the-Pooh

Sometimes Winnie-the-Pooh likes a game of some sort
when he comes downstairs, and sometimes he likes to sit
quietly in front of the fire and listen to a story. This eve-
"What about a story?" said Christopher Robin.
"What about a story?" I said.
"Could you very sweetly tell Winnie-the-Pooh one?"
"I suppose I could," I said. "What sort of stories does
he like?"
"About himself. Because he's that sort of Bear."
(Angel Planells, Hamlet)

"Ser ou não ser, eis a questão. Uma alma valorosa, deve ela suportar os golpes pungentes da fortuna adversa, ou armar-se contra um dilúvio de dores, ou pôr-lhes fim, combatendo-as? Morrer, dormir, mais nada, e dizer que por esse sono pomos termo aos sofrimentos do coração e às mil dores legadas pela natureza à nossa carne mortal (...) Morrer, dormir, dormir, sonhar talvez; terrível perplexidade."
(William Shakespeare, Hamlet)

Amar. Viver. Odiar. Sonhar. Lutar. Sofrer. En
Hamlet himself is probably one of the most unsavory, melodramatic, whiny, self-obsessed, misogynistic and ridiculous characters Shakespeare ever concocted. If I were rating this book based on the character of Hamlet, I wouldn't give it any stars. Just a good, hard kick in the pants.

But I'm a fool for Shakespeare. I'm a fool for his language, this brilliance he cuts from his skin and pours on to the paper. I'm a fool for his ability to work an insanely gripping and engaging plot out of a premise
Natalie Monroe
I have a theory if a character's name is the title of a Shakespeare play, he or she's going to die. Also, Hamlet's a misogynistic, emo asshole.

Now let me ruin your childhood:

Huda Aweys
It is weak as a play .. and artificial :( !
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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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“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
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