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Visually engages readers by placing the original dialogue on the left-hand side of the page, and a modern prose interpretations on the right. As a result, it is easy for readers to cross reference as they move through the play and finally "get" Shakespeare.
Paperback, 405 pages
Published May 2004 by Gallimard (first published 1602)
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tJacksonrichards Dating Hamlet's publication is complicated because there is no 'official' version of the text but instead three significant variations published…moreDating Hamlet's publication is complicated because there is no 'official' version of the text but instead three significant variations published between 1603 - 1623. Wikipedia explains this history in brief detail, tho the article neglects to mention that the 1604 version printed by James Roberts is the first *authorized* publication of Shakespeare's text:
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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
Steve Sckenda
Feb 25, 2015 Steve Sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Language; Searchers for Themselves
Recommended to Steve by: Ms. McFarland
“When such a spacious mirror’s set before him, He needs must see himself.” Shakespeare

This play is a mirror. I met Hamlet in 12th grade English, and I was told that he was a man who could not make up his mind and failed to fulfill his promise to timely avenge his father's death. I was also told that Freud said that Hamlet was really Oedipus, in love with his mother and at war with the father figure. No thanks.

Here is the only plot detail necessary for you to understand my limited review. In Act
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
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 wellsprings of his actions (and lack of action)--to remain an enigma, and that he achieves this by infusing the ch
Kat Stark

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

May 19, 2015 Dolors rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Feb 09, 2008 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Ian Agadada-Davida
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
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘
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.
Jason Koivu
"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
I first encountered Hamlet in comic book form, alongside many other Shakespeare plays portrayed with fantastical characters in all shades, poses, and degrees of perverseness. The strongest memory from that time consists of the titular character, blonde head posing with an innocent expression between a hawk and a handsaw. Some time later I was intrigued to learn that Shakespeare himself had performed in productions as the infamous ghost. Nothing else of his acting career stayed in my brain, which ...more
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.

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
Whitney Atkinson
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.
HAMLET is certainly an artistic failure. T.S. Eliot

This once-fashionable judgment of Shakespeare's huge play is not shared by the majority of those who have experienced it on the page or in the theatre. In fact, it is compared with "The Divine Comedy" or "Paradise Lost", "Ulysses" or "In Search of Lost Time" as essential intellectual experiencing.

What is the reason for the play's transcendence over other western classics? In my opinion, Hamlet stands alone as a character who is so charismatic, h
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.
Joe Valdez
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,
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
Norah 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
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."
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
Riku Sayuj
Single Quote Review:

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

~ Chateaubriand.
Huda Aweys
It is weak as a play .. and artificial
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:

Jul 12, 2010 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people, people with power
Recommended to Sparrow by: High school English
In high school, I made the mistake of thinking that Hamlet was an angst-ridden loser who was pissed about having to take algebra when he “knew he was never going to use it.” Not that I had any problems with angst. Big fan. I just thought he failed at angst. He wasn’t the dreamy eyed poet, he was the kid in class who made everyone cringe by shooting his hand up to complain about the abstract unfairness of the school system (or universe. Whatever). I saw the beautiful words, but they only meant wo ...more
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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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