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As You Like It, Shakespeare's most lighthearted comedy and one of the best-loved and most performed of all his plays, was probably written in 1599 or 1600, though it was not printed until the First Folio of 1623. As its witty heroine is Shakespeare's longest female role, the play's performance history is marked by notable Rosalinds, from Hannah Pritchard and Margaret Woffi ...more
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Published February 1st 1998 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1599)
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Madeline
Sep 21, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
Just saw this last night at the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. So, naturally, here's...

As You Like It, abridged:

OLIVER: Hi everyone, I'm Oliver and I'll be your designated jackass for the evening.
ORLANDO: Hey bro! So, remember how you got me to wrestle that unbeatable guy and were all like, "he's so gonna kill you, mwahaha"? Well, I totally kicked his ass AND met this hot chick Rosalind. Man, it's great to be me!
OLIVER: OMG IMMA KEEL YOU!
ORLANDO: *runs*
ROSALIND: Hey Celia, your uncle just bani
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Henry Avila
Mar 31, 2016 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orlando, the youngest, and most loved son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys, ( set in France in the 16th Century) is being mistreated by his older brother Oliver, the middle son Jaques, is away at school, since Oliver inherited most of the rich estate, and money, he has the power of the purse to do anything . He, Oliver is jealous of his sibling's superior attributes, Orlando lacks education, possessions, totally dependent on his brother, but the very simpatico boy's qualities, nevertheless shine ...more
Bill  Kerwin

As in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet" and "Antony and Cleopatra," Shakespeare in "As You Like It" is able to join disparate elements in unusual proportion into a unified whole of tone and mood which may be rationalized but never completely explained. What I love about this play is the way in which it develops a conventionally suspenseful plot--complete with goodies and baddies, action-packed scuffles and wrestling matches, lovers "meeting cute," etc.--at breakneck speed for all of the firs
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Ted
Mar 04, 2015 Ted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2+

This is the second review of a Shakespeare play I’ve done. Happily, that means that I’ve read the second of my planned reads of all his plays, over the next ten years. So I’m on schedule. 8)

But it’s easy to be on schedule when you’ve barely started. 8/

Naturally, this review is structured a bit different from the first one I did (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) in which I posed questions about how I should go about this project, and played around with a sort of outline. In this on
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Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
Definitely one of favourites. Loved it.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The fun of Shakespeare's comedies isn't in the plots but in the pure genius of his language. Many of his best lines have become such staples of common usage that most people aren't even aware they're quoting Shakespeare. If they DO know, you can forget about asking them which plays the lines come from.

I find an intensely perverse pleasure in Shakespeare's inventive insults. I can only DREAM of thinking up such clever quips and comebacks in the heat of an argument. And if I could think them up,
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Wanda
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.


I am always charmed when I go to see a Shakespearean play and hear familiar phrases. As You Like It certainly has its share of those.

A cinema chain near me offers showings of the National Theatre (London) on a regular basis and I went this week for my first experience of this play. As expected, I enjoyed it a great deal.
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Kelly
Nov 02, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shakespeare people, obvs
I just saw this play for the first time since college, at the Shakespeare Theater here in DC. I've never really known what to say about it, to be honest. I know all the hype surrounding Rosalind, and I agree with it. It's a really excellent part for any actress, and I love that the play is structured entirely around her. The play even offers the rare pretty great supporting part for a woman in Celia. There's Jacques, the odd and amusing duck who doesn't ever quite fit, and a surprisingly large a ...more
Lyn
May 16, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

Another very enjoyable and entertaining play by The Bard.

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”

Also another very influential work as it is apparent how many romantic comedies over the years have borrowed liberally from this classic tale.

“Do you not know I am a woman? when I thi
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Barry Pierce
Monsieur Jaques, c’est moi.
Joe Valdez
Aug 19, 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.

As You Like It was entered in the Stationers' Register i
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Dominic
Apr 26, 2011 Dominic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to reading/viewing Shakespeare, I usually like mine cooked on the tragic side. I love a dark, brooding hero. I love Shakespearean angst. And it doesn't quite feel like Shakespeare if there aren't a few dead bodies strewn about the stage by the end of the fifth act.

Yet it is oh so hard to resist Rosalind and the entire comedic premise of As You Like It. Instead of dark brooding, Rosalind offers jest and wit and freedom. She never whines or is somber, at least not for very long. She
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Bruce
Aug 18, 2012 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play, one of my favorites, is an exploration of love using the contrasts between court and country, artifice and nature, guile and innocent simplicity. Various pairs of lovers are contrasted, the most important protagonist being Rosalind. The norm is blank verse, usually unrhymed. Gender roles are explored and exploited; for example, Rosalind, played of course in Elizabethan drama by a boy, masquerades in the play as a man with whom a woman falls in love and whom a man allows to pretend tha ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
As you like it, William Shakespeare(1564-1616), c 1623
Characters: Celia, Rosalind, Touchstone
Abstract: As you like it follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.
عنوان1: «هرطور میل شما است»؛ اثر: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ برگردان: «فریده مهدوی دامغانی»، نشر: «اهواز؛ تیر، چاپ نخست 1378؛ در 148ص، شابک: ایکس-964658103»؛ موضوع: «نمایشنامه انگلیسی -- قرن
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Liz BooksandStuff
May 03, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
There is a forest, everyone in the forest falls in love, around four wedding happen. Also this awesome speech:

“All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, w
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Vane J.
Apr 25, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always try to write a review for every book I read, but Shakespeare makes it so difficult. I don't really know why. They're not complicated or dense books. I think what happens is that everything I want to say has already been said, so I feel as if my reviews are unnecessary. And what is the purpose of a review that has nothing to add?

Anyway, so this one revolves around Rosalind. She's banished for no particular reason and she decides to go to the forest with Celia. Before that, a gentleman ha
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midnightfaerie
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As You Like It by William Shakespeare wasn't as satisfying as I thought it would be. It started out in good form, similar to Much Ado About Nothing, my favorite Shakespearean play thus far, but then quickly fell flat for me. I thought it would be a little more about the Duke getting banished, but really this was just a side note for the various romances going on. I did enjoy the Rosalind dressing like a man and fooling her lover, as well as the wit a
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Laura
Mar 05, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
A new production of Shakespeare's most joyous comedy with an all star cast and music composed by actor and singer Johnny Flynn of acclaimed folk rock band Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit.
Lust, love, cross dressing and mistaken identity are the order of the day as Rosalind flees her uncle's court and finds refuge in the Forest of Arden. There she finds poems pinned to trees proclaiming the young Orlando's love for her. Mayhem and merriment ensue as Rosalind wittily e
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Terence
I watched a version of this play set in 19th century Japan recently. I don't know why it was set in 19th century Japan since all the principals remained European and they all ended up in the Forest of Arden dressed like...well, 19th century Europeans.

But it did prompt me to reread the actual play, and I found I enjoyed it much more on the second go around.

(And despite my reservations about the setting, the video was pretty good, too.)
David Sarkies
Dec 23, 2014 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Shakespeare
Recommended to David by: University
Shelves: comedy
A pastoral comedy with shades of Robin Hood
24 December 2014

Back when I first read this play for university English I didn't think all that much of it because I had simply thrown it in with that collection of boring Shakespearian plays called 'The Comedy's' (not that I found all of the comedy's boring, just most of them because there were, in my opinion, simply romantic comedy's which me, as a young adult male, really didn't appreciate). However, it wasn't until later when the theatre group that
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Tracey
May 15, 2015 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as a LibraryThing Early Reader book, in exchange for an honest review. The review and rating are specifically for that edition, to wit: As You Like It: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition.

(Warning – pretty much all the language I generally avoid in reviews up to now shows up here, en masse.)

Now, see, they teach this stuff in school. In high school. And the kids sit there bored out of their minds in class. Little do they know.

The idea behind this edition of Shakespeare's com
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Taylan Tutam
Apr 25, 2016 Taylan Tutam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
Bitirdim ve çok güzeldi. Okuduğum ilk Shakespeare kitabıydı. Aşk çok güzel işlenmişti ve bir sürü post-it'imi yedi. 5/5.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
So there's this guy hanging out in a forest because his brother got all the money from their dad. And then this guy meets other people moping around the forest because Politics. And he starts pretending this other dude is the woman he's in love with - to prove he's actually in love - and does part of a wedding ceremony with him. Like, that's not a bit strange, eh? But it's all ok in the end because everyone was fantastic at cross-dressing. Or is that Twelfth Night?

Little plot, lots of witty exch
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The Book Queen
I didn't love this one, and I did find it quite confusing at times, but overall I thought it was pretty good. I think this one (and the other comedies) would be a good introduction to the Bard; some of the language is really beautiful, like the majority of his work, but the plot and characters are more simple and easier to understand than in, say, the tragedies. (Having said that, I've read barely any Shakespeare at all, but I think this would be a good place to start.)

Leaving it at that because
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Holly
After reading Richard III and Othello recently, this light-hearted comedy seemed a bit tame. As You Like It is typically partnered with Twelfth Night, both known for their cross-dressing. As You Like It revolves around a Duke's banishment by his brother, forcing him into the Forest of Arden where its inhabitants realise the horrendous nature of the court, and the beauty and serenity of the forest, and nature itself.

Of course, Shakespeare's comedy would not be a comedy if it wasn't centred around
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Manny
I don't. I've never been able to figure out why!
Poppy
After reading Richard III and Othello recently, this light-hearted comedy seemed a bit tame. As You Like It is typically partnered with Twelfth Night, both known for their cross-dressing. As You Like It revolves around a Duke's banishment by his brother, forcing him into the Forest of Arden where its inhabitants realise the horrendous nature of the court, and the beauty and serenity of the forest, and nature itself.

Of course, Shakespeare's comedy would not be a comedy if it wasn't centred around
...more
Akemi G
Mar 10, 2016 Akemi G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction, dramas
Shakespeare (whether it was the "William Shakespeare" as we are taught to be or someone else) knew the true nature of this reality; that it is a form of simulation, similar to theater plays that he was so familiar with. The well-known quote, "All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players." comes from this one, and if my memory serves right, he makes similar comments in other plays including The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth.

This is r
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Amy
I've not yet read all of Shakespeare's plays, but I do not seem to care much for his plays about love, including Romeo and Juliet. So far, the only two exceptions to this have been The Taming of the Shrew and Love's Labour's Lost.

The problem I have with Shakespeare's love plays is that they are almost all too cloying, too simpleminded and simplistic, and they almost seem like juvenile depictions of love. Shakespeare can do the darker emotions like hate, jealousy, revenge, vanity, murderous ambit
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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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“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”
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