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The Tempest

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  116,600 Ratings  ·  2,295 Reviews
This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare's career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore--as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, Mir ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1611)
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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
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
Sep 08, 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
Kat Stark

While she's off falling in love with some random guy, her father, Prospero is off using and losing his magic. Shakespeare waves goodbye.
Mar 12, 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
Bookworm Sean
It’s 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 Ar ...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
Léonard Gaya
Jan 26, 2016 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
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
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
Jun 26, 2014 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
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
May 23, 2015 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
Henry Avila
Nov 09, 2012 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Shakespeare's last play ,that he wrote every word.The burnt-out but rich gentleman ,just wants to go back to his little home town of Stratford-on-Avon.After more than twenty years of writing for the stage, he needs to relax and leave London, far behind.Besides Shakespeare is pushing 50, old for the time. The Tempest story begins with a terrific storm that drives a ship carrying noblemen on the shore, of an unnamed island, off the coast of probably Italy(Shakespeare is vague about the loc ...more
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
Se c’è una cosa che ha reso Shakespeare immortale e degno di tutte le attenzioni possibili è la sua immaginazione. Ovvero, ci sono altre centinaia di ragioni, ma la sua immaginazione prevale su tutte. Sebbene una certa critica contemporanea (si dice il peccato ma non il peccatore) tenti di sminuire i meriti di questo genio sottolineando il fatto che la maggior parte delle trame di Shakespeare non sia originale, ma tratta da fonti a lui più o meno contemporanee, il potere immaginifico non diminui ...more
The Tempest is almost a wisp of a thing. There's little plot and almost no character development. It's like a magic trick: you blow into your hand, and a cloud of flame pops up, and a dove flies out of it, everyone claps.

So the play is the spectacle, and the magic is the language. Prospero's speech, "We are such stuff as dreams are made on," is second maybe only to "All the world's a stage" in crystallizing Shakespeare's philosophy (and better, poetically); and there's Miranda's line, "O brave
Nov 09, 2012 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miriam by: Ariel
Shelves: fantasy, theater
What I love about The Tempest is the magical isle, its airy spirits and earthy Caliban. There is also some great commentary on politics, colonialism, and human ambition.

I forget when I'm not reading it how much of it consists of some dudes being assholes.
Apr 12, 2013 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, meta-review
Harry Potter and the Tempest of Voldemort*

Act I, Scene ii

(VOLDEMORT and BELLATRIX in a musty, dusty English mansion in a state of disrepair.)

Here cease more questions:
Thou art inclined to sleep; 'tis a good dulness,
And give it way: I know thou canst not choose.

(BELLATRIX sleeps)
Come away, servant, come. I am ready now.
Approach, my WORMTAIL, come.


All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come
To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly,
To s
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

شكسبير دومًا في الطليعة ..

قادتني قراءة رواية جامع الفراشات لجون فولز لهذه المسرحية .. شكرًا فولز لأنك أعدتني للقمة !

ما أغرب أن تتفرس في حوارات شكسبير فتجد أنه يملك روحًا و ذائقة تسبق عصره، الهزل المبطن و الحكمة الصافية و صراع لا يستكين بين الخير والشر فيها بطن أحداث المسرحية، للمغفرة ألف مرتبة و وجه فيما يكتب و للإنتقام ألف ناب في مقاصده، تحنط الجمال على ركح مسرحه، فما عاد يتجلى منه سوى انعكاسات قاصرة.

Carmo Santos
Feb 27, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, inglaterra
A Tempestade foi a última obra de Shakespeare e, das que li até agora, a que achei mais séria, com mensagens mais profundas e onde o autor terá sido menos óbvio e usado maior sagacidade.
A temática não se desvia do habitual: temos personagens ambiciosas que não olham a meios para concretizar os seus intentos, e outros, que pela sua astúcia lhes passam a perna com uma lição de moral.
O maior trunfo das suas obras passa pela caracterização das personagens: pela forma exuberante como se movem em busc
Sara Steger
Apr 28, 2016 Sara Steger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best of Shakespeare's comedies, The Tempest is a tale of fury, retribution, forgiveness and the laying down of power. Prospero, the legitimate Duke of Milan is stranded on an island with only his daughter and the original inhabitants, Caliban and the spirits. He is here because of the treachery of his brother, Antonio, who with the help of Alonzo, the King of Naples, has deprived him of his kingdom and his title. Who could blame Prospero for stirring up a tempest to entrap and confin ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro
Siento que cuando reseño a Shakespeare me vuelvo repetitiva. Cada obra es interesante, única, atrapante… Y sí, “desopilante” también, sobre todo si tomamos en cuenta que hasta en las tragedias hay escenas en donde los payasos de la obra hacen de las suyas. The Tempest es un entrecruce definitivo (digo "definitivo" porque recuerdo lo que sucede en Hamlet, por ejemplo) entre la realidad de una Corte y lo sobrenatural que interrumpe. En este caso, la magia es crucial.

Todo (o casi todo) ocurre e
Sep 20, 2010 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who would I not recommend it to?
I finished my rereading of The Tempest earlier today. As usual when I reread one of the Bard's plays, I appreciate it more. I can definitely upgrade my initial reaction to a solid 3 stars. It's still not a favorite; many of the qualms I had from my original review remain. Except perhaps at the end when Prospero gives up the power his magic gives him, though I couldn't tell you why he does so - Shakespeare doesn't give us much in the way of motivation for any of his actions. For example, why does ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Io? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We are such stuff
As dream aer made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep."

"Noi siamo della stessa materia
Di cui son fatti i sogni
E la nostra piccola vita
E' circondata da un sonno."

Prendete questo verso, riempitevi il calice di vino, fatelo roteare e ossigenare, accostatevi il vostro naso e godetevi l'aroma, la mistica fragranza, e inebriatevi l'anima. Quanti significati può avere? Quanti? Mi perdo lentamente per labirintici sentieri - con il sorriso di un bambino ogni tanto mi guardo i
The Book Queen
Jan 29, 2016 The Book Queen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~ Review to come ~
Joe Valdez
Apr 17, 2014 Joe Valdez rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cranks, castaways, supernatural beings
Shelves: plays
My game plan for revisiting Shakespeare was to stream video of a staging of the play, listening and watching while reading along to as much of the original text as was incorporated by the staging. Later, I read the entire play in the modern English version.

The staging I found on YouTube for The Tempest was broadcast February 27, 1980 in the U.K. The only actor I recognized from the cast was Nigel Hawthorne as the drunken butler Stephano. Michael Hordern played Prospero. Warren Clarke played Cali
Dec 04, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, shakespurrrr
I have always felt a little slighted about my middle name - Prosper - even though it is felicitous in the most literal sense of the word, I have always been a bit put out by it's oddness. I inherited it from a great grandfather, or some other, who I have never met. But as the years of easy childish embarrassment recede, I find myself clinging to it with a newly forged appreciation, and in part it is because I have re-styled it as an homage to Prospero, à la Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Jul 14, 2014 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
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
May 24, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shakespeare fans
I think this is the most beautifully written of any Shakespeare play, of whatever category. Tragedy, comedy, tragi-comedy, etc. Nothing beats it in terms of the magic that it induces in the audience. Shakespeare is literally able to conjure magic with these words, and it brings tears to my eyes to read it. I think Prospero is one of the more heartbreaking characters. Mostly, perhaps, because of the analogy to Shakespeare. The final speech gets right to the heart. The master at the peak of his po ...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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