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The Life of Tymon of Athens

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(Applause Books). If there ever has been a groundbreaking edition that likewise returns the reader to the original Shakespeare text, it will be the Applause Folio Texts. If there has ever been an accessible version of the Folio, it is this edition, set for the first time in modern fonts. The Folio is the source of all other editions. The Folio text forces us to re-examine ...more
Paperback, Applause First Folio Editions, 104 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers (first published 1607)
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Jim
Even in William Shakespeare's minor plays can the reader descry a certain magnificence, accompanied by a glory of language that no writer today can match. The Arden edition I read was almost as insistent in its footnotes as one of the Variorum editions of the Bard, but past the first scenes, the main text carried me along; and I did not have to refer to the copious footnotes unless I ran into too strange a usage.

Timon of Athens - Arden Shakespeare is a rather simple story which can be summarized
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Bruce
Timon of Athens seems not to have been staged during Shakespeare’s lifetime. Some have claimed that it was never completed, and others have viewed it as the collaborative effort of Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. It has sometimes been viewed as a weak play with cardboard characters, but it is probably increasingly relevant to our own day, our own culture. It is the story of philanthropy and misanthropy, of patronage and ingratitude, of wealth and poverty.

The plot is easily told. Timon is a ric
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Liza Palmer
Okay, so this one is a little rough. Some argue that this play is unfinished or a team-write with Thomas Middleton. Whatever the theory, everyone agrees that this play was probably not performed and is a mish/mash of ideas, unfinished scenes and characters from nowhere.

That aside.

Timon of Athens is a play about what would happen if a man - with no family, no partner, no parents, no kids - sees money as love. So giving gifts and charity and receiving are his reason for living. And it is his frie
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Cody
Timon of Athens
William Shakespeare

Read through act 2 scene 2(all of act 2)

Summary- Timon is a very generous man, he squanders his wealth (that he seemingly acquires by magical touch (no he doesn’t use his 5 finger discount)) on parties and gifts for his friends. Apemantus is a jerk but right when he says this life style will not suffice and it only gathers flatterers not friends. He refuses to accept payments for his gifts. His servant Flavius (Flay-va Flave!) tells him his wealth is diminishing
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Toni
Timon of Athens is one of Shakespeare’s least produced plays. I’ve never seen it. Most people I know haven’t—maybe because they don’t want to? Anyway, I read it and liked it and would like to watch it on stage. It’s a “problem” play and doesn’t fit neatly into any of the four standard categories of Shakespeare’s plays; i.e., Comedies, Tragedies, Histories, and Romances.
Timon is a philanthropist’s philanthropist in the first three acts. He gives away gifts and money lavishly; in fact, I’d say co
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Surina Thapar-Masih
Timon does not have the usual psychopathology of Shakespeare’s tragic protagonists-where (in tragedies) women tend towards hysteria & men towards complexed intellectualisation & madness. This change is largely due to the fact that the play is a collaborative project between Shakespeare & Middleton. In many ways the depiction of Athens mirrors the Jacobean London of Middleton’s works. The play does not fall strictly into the category of tragedy but is rather a combination of tragedy a ...more
Esdaile
By chance I began to read Timon of Athens again after such a long break that I cannot remember what it was like and therefore had put it on my "to read" list. Perhaps I was prompted by the fact that a production in modern dress is currently showing in London.

At a second reading I am struck by the fact that it is rather a better play than its reputation allows.

Of all plays attributed to Shakespeare I think none better than this one more completely confounds James Shapiro and all those like him,
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Ben
This play reminded me of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" or Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" . . . . only in reverse. Timon is a generous man who lives beyond his means. He feels blessed to have many friends, but, unlike George Bailey, when Timon calls on them they all abandon him in his time of need. Timon becomes in return a recluse, a misanthrope, a hater of humanity: "Timon will to the woods; where he shall find/The unkindest beast more kinder than mankind"; "I am Misanthropos, and hate ma ...more
Kenneth Hayes Geary
Being Shakespeare is not an automatic 5 star. Timon is a tragedy of the common variety with nothing really surprising about it and being excessively over-worded in many places, however it does have lesson in it and pack a lot into a short tale.
Bill  Kerwin

This time I liked "Timon" less than the two other times I read it. Much of it is probably not even by Shakespeare. and--although Middleton does his professional best to keep the first few acts chugging along--most of it lacks the spark of genius. There are moments in Timon's rants that are characteristically Shakespearean and memorable not only for their poetic intensity but also for the savagery of their vitriol, but they are not enough to save this pathetic pageant (no, it is nothing close to
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Matthew
Shakespeare’s plays have often contained a misanthropic or cynical outsider who comments on the action of the play. The misanthrope or misfit is a useful character for any dramatist, a figure who is not quite right and not quite wrong, and who expresses opinions that are not quite the writer’s own and yet not quite disowned by the writer.

So Timon is certainly not a unique character in Shakespeare, and joins other outsides such as Falstaff (the Henry IV plays), the Bastard (King John), Thersites
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Rachel Jackson
Timon of Athens is a story for the ages, and while a little on the extreme side (like most of Shakespeare's plays), still relevant to money talks today. It's the story of Timon, a wealthy Athenian man who gives so much of his money away to his friends and patrons that he eventually goes broke and cannot pay back his creditors; and none of his friends allow him to borrow loans from them. He is suddenly embittered by this change in society, a society full of people he once thought were good, so he ...more
Ant O' Malley
Timon of Athens has to be one of the most venomous, bitter and spiteful pieces of writing I have yet to come across; I found the disparaging cynicism and utter misanthropy which unexpectedly pours out of Timon in the latter half of the play so powerful and so pitifully sad. It is said that Shakespeare wrote this in the midst of some existential crisis or depressive period, which is not much of a surprise considering how he portrays the wealthy senators, his supposed 'friends', who strip him bare ...more
Scott
This is kind of a third-rate Shakespearean tragedy, but while it lacks the depth and subtlety of a Lear or an Othello, it does serve as an interesting social commentary.
Eyehavenofilter
In this collaboration with Middleton we see a different tone in a Shakespeare play as we watch in horror, a man fall from wealth and stature to poverty and wretchedness both in mind, heart and soul. Spending everything, his money and his friendships till he is nothing but a nasty vile shell of himself and finally dies. May The Lord have mercy on what ever soul left his body before he reached that state.
Dan
Timon of Athens feels the most allegorical of the Shakespeare plays. Plenty of the plays have a moral- ambition unchecked will be your downfall, jealousy can have grave consequences, don't do anything rash until you're absolutely sure she's dead- but Timon feels like it was written primarily to convey its message about the corrupting influence of money. There is no love story at all in this play, in fact the only female characters that appear are dancers and whores and they get a total of 11 lin ...more
Benja
Wanting to read something Shakespeare, unspoiled both visually and narratively by modern-day filmmaking, I picked out Timon of Athens, one of William's latter-day dramas (or problem plays depending on who you ask). It may not have been the best choice. The play is fragmentary in nature and at times seems either unfinished or unedited; as such I had trouble visualizing some scenes or finding an overarching meaning in the narrative.

The plot follows Timon, a wealthy man who likes to wine and dine f
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Hollis
There are certainly moments of great poetry in this play, but ultimately it is an imperfect work when compared to his others.
American Shakespeare Center
After wealthy Athenian Timon spends all his money entertaining, supporting, and bailing out his friends, he anticipates their help in his time of need. When his “friends” turn him down one-by-one, Timon transforms from Shakespeare’s most liberal spendthrift into his most tight-fisted misanthrope. A perfect play for our turbulent financial times, Timon of Athens makes us question the meaning of friendship, generosity, and gratitude.

Come see it live onstage at the American Shakespeare Center's Bla
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Nov 08, 2010 §-- rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: misanthropes like me
Shelves: shakespeare, plays
ALCIBIADES

What is thy name? Is man so hateful to thee,
That art thyself a man?

TIMON

I am Misanthropos, and hate mankind.
For thy part, I do wish thou wert a dog,
That I might love thee something.


Flawed, overwritten, garbled, yet still profound. Melville loved this play and it's not hard to see why: it deals with an eternal human problem--whom to trust? Just as Hamlet deals with the mystery of death, Macbeth the mystery of conscience, Othello the mystery of evil, King Lear the mystery of sufferi
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Jimyanni
Not really one of Shakespeare's better stories; it had potential, given that it's NOT a love story (my largest single objection to most of Shakespeare is that his concept of romantic love strikes me as not just mistaken, but downright pernicious, given that so many people use his concept as their model of what "love" is, and that has led to many, many emotional traumas through the centuries) but even without that difficulty to cause problems in this play, I found the plot somewhat lacking; imagi ...more
David Sarkies
I don't think I have ever seen this play performed (well, I wouldn't have because being in Adelaide one tends to know what is being performed, and this never has) nor has any movies been made of it beyond the BBC Shakespeare productions. This does not mean that it is a bad play, it is simply not popular.
The story is about a wealthy Athenian named Timon who loves to be the centre of attention, and does this by throwing many extravagant parties and being very free with his wealth. However, the ca
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V
I actually finished reading the play a couple weeks ago and haven’t had the time to write some notes until now. This is a very interesting play, and it has stayed with me since I finish it. I really value my friendships, and this play certainly made me think.
Timon’s behavior shifts like a pendulum: From one who loves humanity to one who was enraged and hates his fellow man. In fact, one critic writes: “Like many of Shakespeare’s heroes, Timon is a self-absorbed character, who must learn a lesson
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1204543.html[return][return]Timon is an Athenian whose generosity knows no bounds: certainly not, as it turns out, the bounds of his own finances. Meantime his friend Alcibiades leads an army against Athens for obscure reasons. Timon flees Athens because of his debts and dies in a cave, having coincidentally though not happily discovered a vast store of gold, while Alcibiades marches mercilessly on Athens.[return][return]There are several serious problems: the style ...more
علی
For me, reading a play is kind of ”one man performance”, and totally different experience comparing to the very same play’s performance at theatre or in film form. I consider them as three different versions of one story.
گفتن از شکسپیر و آثارش به تابو می ماند. کمتر کسی شهامت دارد بگوید از این یا آن اثر شکسپیر، خوشش نمی آید. یا عیب و ایرادی بر یکی از آثار او بگیرد. این واویلا بیشتر می شود وقتی انگلیسی، زبان دوم یا سومت باشد، و با ادبیات و زبان کهنه ی انگلیسی قرن شانزدهم بکلی بیگانه باشی! بهررو، م
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Núria
Seguro que ésta no es una de las mejores obras de Shakespeare. Casi parece hecha de forma algo chapucera, porque hay varias incoherencias y algunas líneas argumentales que no se cierran o ni siquiera se explican. Pero aún así es una obra maja que nos cuenta que cuando las cosas nos van bien tenemos muchos amigos, pero que es cuando las cosas nos van mal que descubrimos quién son nuestros verdaderos amigos. En cierto modo es casi como un cuento moral, pero sin moralismo. Timón es un ricachón que ...more
Sara
There is one interesting conversation, between a cynic who insults mankind but in his heart isn't a misanthrope and a true misanthrope who really does hate everyone; the conversation quickly devolves into a fairly delightful insult-fest. Beyond that, eh, the plot is so simple the cliff notes will suffice and the language isn't amazing enough to justify how comparatively little happens. Also the plot of Coriolanus, the play he wrote just prior to this, shows up again for some reason.
Amerynth
Certainly not one of William Shakespeare's best works... I can understand why "Timon of Athens" is rarely staged. It is thought to be a collaboration between Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton -- which may be why the play feels really uneven -- as if different parts were written by different people and patched together later.

The plot is fairly simplistic -- Timon, an Athenian lord is so anxious to spread his wealth around to his friends that he eventually runs out of money and has to sell all of h
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Salvatore
Timon gets angry. His life, as soon as he becomes Misanthropos (superhero/-villain name!), gets rather existential and dark. I like this one. Although when I saw it performed I liked it less. Maybe it's more amusing to contemplate a man's ire for the world than it is to see it. Also, Flavius seems like a predecessor of Gerasim in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

'Has almost charmed me from my profession by persuading me to it' (IV. iii. 448-9).
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“The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.” 16 likes
“Timon will to the woods, where he shall find
Th' unkindest beast more kinder than mankind.
The gods confound - hear me, you good gods all -
Th' Athenians both within and out that wall!
And grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow
To the whole race of mankind, high and low!
Amen.”
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