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The Tempest (The Warwick Shakespeare)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  134,690 Ratings  ·  2,808 Reviews
Edited by Frederick S. Boas
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published by Blackie & Son Ltd (first published 1623)
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Will Octave Mannoni wrote an excellent essay on the Psychology of Prospero, as a colonial; the D. J. Palmer edited Casebook is also very useful.
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Madeline
The Tempest, abridged.
*or maybe not so abridged. But in my defense, this play is really fucking complicated*

MIRANDA: So, um, Daddy, did you notice that huge-ass storm that just crashed a ship on the shore of our previously deserted island?
PROSPERO: Wow, is it exposition time already? Okay, kiddo, listen up: I used to be the duke of Milan, but then my asshole brother and the King of Naples put you and me on a boat and we ended up here on Wherever-The-Hell-Island, but luckily it's full of spirit
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Bill  Kerwin

Simple yet profound, The Tempest is a heartbreakingly sincere piece of elaborate theatrical artifice. Shakespeare is a magician at the height of his powers, so accomplished at his craft that he can reveal the mechanisms of his most marvelous tricks and still astonish us.

This time through, I was struck by how closely references to language, freedom, power and transformation are bound up together, and how they all seem to point to some metaphysical resolution, even if they don't finally achieve it
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Bookdragon Sean
It’s so easy to judge Caliban based upon his actions and his violent speech, but he does have some real problems that cause them. He tried to rape Miranda. This is, of course, an absolutely terrible thing; however, does Caliban actually know this?

In his life he has only known two people prior to meeting Prospero and Miranda. The first person he knew of was his mother; she was the evil witch who raised him. This doesn’t sound like a fun childhood. The second person he knew was his mother’s slave
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Henry Avila
Sep 05, 2012 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Shakespeare's last play , that he wrote every word of, the burnt-out, but rich, distinguished gentleman , just wanted to go back to his little, quiet, pretty, home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and relax, enjoy himself. After more than twenty, strenuous, nevertheless, productive years of writing for the stage, he needs the calm and leave noisy London, far, far, behind. Besides Shakespeare is pushing 50, old for the time, (17th century ) his illustrious career, unmatched, then or now... Th ...more
Dolors
May 14, 2015 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tell me what I want to hear
Recommended to Dolors by: One thing leads to another
Shakespeare’s last play is a stroke of a genius. Defying categorization, The Tempest is the hybrid result of merging tragedy, comedy and fantasy that condenses The Bard's genius in the symbolical representation of the world through the demirugical elements of Greek mythology.
The setting takes place on an exotic island where Prospero and his astonishingly beautiful daughter Miranda have lived in exile for the last twelve years. Overthrown by his treacherous brother, Prospero has crowned himself r
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sana  °¤°
Well this was okay??

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my funeral is in a month, i hope to see y'all there.

cause of death: reading this boring shit in class
Sr3yas
Jun 05, 2017 Sr3yas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
"Your tale, sir, would cure deafness."

The first time I read Shakespeare was when I was around ten years old. I borrowed a collected edition of translated Shakespearian plays from my library just because I heard someone talk about him. I read around half a dozen of his famous plays like a pro.... and everything I read went over my head. There were merchants, betrayal, ghosts, blood, somebody's skull! What's happening?

But Tempest was an exception. My younger version loved that play because it
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Bram
Feb 25, 2010 Bram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, the-bard
Knowing that The Tempest is most likely Shakespeare's final play, it's hard to avoid noticing the hints of retirement in the text. Toward the end of the final act, Prospero solemnly describes the conclusion of his practice of the magic arts, just as Shakespeare might describe the end of his writing career:

Have I given fire and rifted Jove's stout oak
With his own bolt; the strong-based promontory
Have I made shake and by the spurs pluck'd up
The pine and cedar: graves at my command
Have waked their
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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Prospero manipulates his daughter Miranda, the prince Ferdinand, his father (the King of Naples), Ariel, Caliban, and the rest of the cast! But in the end **spoiler warning here, if anyone actually needs it** he sets his slaves free and forgives those who've wronged (tried to murder) him, and also has some really excellent lines, so it's all good.

Review to come.

Initial comments: The "book from the 1600s" space is one of the last few that need to be filled in on my 2016 Classics Bingo card. I tri
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Tempest, William Shakespeare
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم ژوئیه سال 1972 میلادی؛
عنوان: طوفان؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: ابراهیم یونسی؛ تهران، نشر اندیشه، 1351؛ چاپ دوم 1357؛ در 174 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، دادار، سماط، 1383؛ در 144 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نگاه، 1393، در 157 ص؛ شابک: 9786003760110؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان بریتانیایی قرن 17 م
مترجم: اسماعیل دولتشاهی؛ تهران، بدیع، 1374؛ ؛ در 248 ص؛
نمایشنامه در پنج پرده تدوین شده؛ و دارای شانزده شخصیت و تعدادی سیاهی لشکر است: پروسپرو: دوک میلان م
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Marie
Nov 16, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, classics
As part of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, I needed to read a play and what better play to read than “The Tempest” having recently read and adored Margaret Atwood’s retelling in “Hag-Seed.” I have an even greater appreciation of “Hag-Seed” having read the original again. It had been more than twenty years since I’ve read Shakespeare. I found it simultaneously difficult to navigate the Old English and thematically extremely relevant to modern day. There is so much complexity within this brie ...more
Jason Koivu
What was that?

I expected a long drawn out battle of mariners versus a violent sea. There's a few lines of sailors fighting a storm at the start and then the rest is played out on land. Ah, "played," there's the nub! For this is an early 17th century play meant for the stage. Not a likely time and place for a lavish production with a water tank, ship and wind machine, though that would've been hella cool. Some Shakespeareanophile tell me my envisioned production went down at least once back in th
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Lyn
Jan 04, 2012 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

Believed to have been written in 1611, this may have been one of his last plays. The mature bard, he would have been 47 at this time and with only 5 more years left in this world, created in my humble opinion one of his finest plays.

“...and then, in dreaming, / The clouds methought would open and show riches / Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked / I cried to dream again.”

Telling the tale of shipwrecked Prospero, the sorcerer Duke of Milan, and his
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Foad
از بی مزه ترین کمدی های شکسپیر بود! به غیر از چند بخش کوتاه، واقعاً نکته ی طنزآمیزی نداشت، مگر این که توی زبان انگلیسی بازی با الفاظ هایی کرده باشه که توی ترجمه همه از دست رفته.
تنها دلیلی که می تونم برای "کمدی" نامیده شدن این نمایشنامه سراغ بگیرم، اینه که اون دوره ژانرها به شکل امروزی گسترده نبودن، و هر نمایشنامه ای که پایان فاجعه آمیز نداشته باشه رو "کمدی" می نامیدن. (مثل "کمدی الهی" دانته، که به هیچ وجه طنزآمیز نیست.)

با خوندنش، متوجه شدم دلیلی داشته که نمایشنامه های نامعروف شکسپیر، معروف نشدن
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James
Book Review
3 of 5 stars to The Tempest, a play written around 1610 by William Shakespeare. Ever wonder where the word prosperous came from? Or did Shakespeare name the lead character in this play Prospero as a nod to the word prosperous? They are one in the same... sort of. Prospero's been cast off onto an island and wants to restore a life for his daughter. Thru trickery and imagination, he succeeds in a manner of speaking, and though it's a troubled path, he learns his lessons in the end.
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Léonard Gaya
Jan 03, 2014 Léonard Gaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Tempest" is one of Shakespeare's last plays, and somehow he probably knew this as he was writing and producing it: while I was rereading this book for the umpteenth time, I realized how strongly this particular play goes over and wraps up all the thirty-five plays that came before it.

The plot is complex, but could be summed up like so: Prospero lives on a remote island, deposed and exiled from his dukedom of Milan (as in King Lear, as in the Duke in As You Like It, or even the Duke in The T
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Mohammed Arabey
Jul 22, 2017 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الجحيم خاو..كل الشياطين هاهنا

ماذا أردت أن تقول يا شكسبير بأخر مسرحياتك؟
بأخر تلاعباتك في أقدار شخصيات مسرحياتك كبروسبيرو؟

أرسلت عاصفة تحطم سفينة بها أخيك من لحمك ودمك لكنه نفيك وأراد أغراقك ليستولي علي حكم
وبها الملك الذي اشتراه اخيك بالمال ليبيعك...وأخيه الذي سيبيعه ايضا لأن علي الباغي تدور الدوائر

لكنك لم تشأ اهلاكهم، بالسحر ارسلت العاصفة وبالسحر انقذتهم ليصلوا بسلام علي جزيرتك المهجورة
فقط لتلقنهم درسا..عن ضعف النفوس والفقدان والتوبة والتكفير.. والاقدار التي تصنعها ايدينا وافعالنا

بل والحب العفيف..
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Puck
Nov 21, 2016 Puck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

The last time I read a Shakespearean play was in High School: not because I had to for class, but because the author gave a character in one of his plays my name (and oh joy: Puck the Fae was as small and twiggy as I was in my teens). This time the bad autumn weather was the reason for me picking up Shakespeare again, and where Richard III and Macbeth are filled with dramatic tension, the Tempest surprised
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Manny
I might as well admit I don't understand what it's about - it's still absolutely gorgeous to listen to. Here are my three favourite bits. Bronze goes to what's generally considered Shakespeare's farewell to the dramatic arts:
... Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
Silver to the following, surely on
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Whitney Atkinson
I read this in one day. It wasnt horrible, im just nervous because I have a test over it on friday and I have noooo clue what the theme or anything is because it seemed kinda flat. time to sparknotes an analysis
Geoff
Sep 09, 2014 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've not written much of anything about Shakespeare's individual plays for GR, mostly because the in-depth reading I did of them was a long time ago (my senior dissertation in college was on Hamlet)- but I can't let such a wondrous piece of writing as The Tempest go unremarked upon. It is thought to have been written around 1610, that is, around 400 years ago, and also thought to be Shakespeare's final play- there are subtle textual biddings-adieu from the Bard throughout- and to my mind, it is, ...more
M.
"Sana dediğim gibi,
onlar birer ruhtu ve
Hepsi eriyip havaya karıştı,
o incecik havaya.
İşte tıpkı bu hayallerin
elle tutulmaz dokusu gibi,
Tepesi bulut kaplı burçlar,
görkemli saraylar,
Ulu mabedler,
hatta şu yüce yerküre
Ve üstünde var olan ne varsa bir gün eriyecek;
Biraz önce uçup giden şu hayali gösteri gibi,
dumanı bile kalmayacak ardında."


Jason
Nov 01, 2013 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, reviewed, 2014
I think The Tempest would have worked better as a tragedy. I don’t know why William didn’t consult with me first. I would have advised him to end his career with a bang: Sebastian would murder his brother Alonso, Antonio would murder Gonzalo, Caliban would have Stephano kill Prospero, Miranda would cry, Ferdinand would have discovered his father dead and murder his uncle, Miranda wouldn’t have the guts to kill her uncle Antonio, but she and Ferdinand would capture him and Caliban and avenge Pros ...more
emma
3.8/5

mini-review because i have to go to work in ~4 minutes: not my favorite shakespeare - weirdly, it felt as though not a lot happened - but as beautifully written as they all are. some of the themes seemed a bit iffy (not entirely sure what lesson Caliban's character portrays in terms of slavery :/) but others were spot on (i'm looking at you, negatives of colonization and nature's superiority to man!). i also loved the motifs of the sea and the heavens. & if i can force myself to forget
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Dannii Elle
Despite Romeo and Juliet being my second favourite book of all time, I have read remarkably little of Shakespeare's other work. I was lucky enough to recently receive an ARC for Rose & Poe, a The Tempest retelling, so I thought the time was nigh to finally read this epic tragedy.

The story follows the complicated lives of Prospero and Miranda, the former Duke of Milan and his precious daughter. After a plot is unearthed to take the former Duke's life, he flees from his coveted position and es
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Liam
Jan 21, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down my favourite of Shakespeare's comedy plays! It was so incredibly well written and the characters, the world and the plot were all so beautifully crafted that I just couldn't help but fall in love with this play!
Sue K H
This was a beautiful play about the push and pull between good and evil, revenge and forgiveness, reality and magic. It started out slow for me but then it reeled me in completely. The ending was superb. This was reminiscent of a Greek play but instead of Gods there was magic and spirits. Prospero is a God like figure who rules the Island he's on and the sea around it with fantastical magic. He has ultimate power over everyone who enters or inhabits the Island. For a good deal of the time, other ...more
Renata
May 06, 2016 Renata rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alone
No sé, realmente esperaba que me gustase más el libro pero no me ha acabado de convencer pero espero leer más obras de Shakespeare por que realmente su punto crítico hacía la sociedad es una maravilla.
Zanna
Aug 13, 2013 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this very lyrical, poetic play, rich in imagery of water and musical sounds, Shakespeare engages with mystical themes and ideas taken from magic stories. Ariel is like a djinn from the 1001 Nights.

The text also engages with colonialism through the character of Caliban, who like Prospero has been disenfranchised. He is the original inhabitant of the island, demonised in his own description and through his mother, whose 'witch' status is devilish in contrast to Prospero's noble, white 'magician
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Debbie Zapata
My first reading of The Tempest. I was delighted to finally meet Prospero, Ariel, and even Caliban, having seen their names mentioned in so many other books that I have read over the years.

I also enjoyed seeing the source of famous phrases like the following:

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.


I especially liked Ariel, who had served Prospero so well and reminded him of it this way:

Remember I have done thee worthy service; Told thee no lies, made t
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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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