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As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play's first performance is uncertain, though a performance at Wilton House in 1603 has been suggested as a possibility. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, ac ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Penguin (first published 1599)
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Madeline
Sep 21, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it
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
Ted
Mar 04, 2015 Ted rated it really liked it
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)
Jun 26, 2015 Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Definitely one of favourites. Loved it.
Bill  Kerwin
May 14, 2015 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing

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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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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Kelly
Nov 02, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
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
Wanda
Feb 27, 2016 Wanda rated it it was amazing
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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Barry Pierce
Oct 31, 2015 Barry Pierce rated it liked it
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
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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Vane J.
Apr 25, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
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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
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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Liz Janet
Jan 20, 2016 Liz Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Shelves: best-books
Bitirdim ve çok güzeldi. Okuduğum ilk Shakespeare kitabıydı. Aşk çok güzel işlenmişti ve bir sürü post-it'imi yedi. 5/5.
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.)
Preha
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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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
...more
Amy
Jan 01, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
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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Ezra
Jan 25, 2009 Ezra rated it liked it
I know I know!!!!! Who really reads shakespeare in their independent time. Well that person is me, I had to read a comedy for one of my afterschool activity groups. This book had kind of faced me to give it a high rating but instead I decided to be honest and give the grade I thought it deserved. Now for a 15 year old Im sure reading this later in life will allow me to increase the grade that I have given it. But for now I will judge on/with the experience I do have. This book was about two cous ...more
Josiphine
One of my favorites. So many awesome quotes about beards!

The Globe Theater production directed by Thea Sharrock is an especially good rendition.

Reread 3/18/16: But the 2006 Kenneth Branagh version (set in 19th century Japan) was enjoyable too, if a little cropped.
Jo
Jul 26, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, theater
Shakespeare being silly.

Famous quotes:

"All the world's a stage"...

"Forever and a day"...
Anna
May 14, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favorite Shakespeare play
... with the incredible soliloquy of the stages of man
Manny
I don't. I've never been able to figure out why!
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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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