Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “As You Like It” as Want to Read:
As You Like It
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

As You Like It

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  59,554 Ratings  ·  1,230 Reviews

All the world's a stage...
- Jaques
The complete play in five acts. A Shakespeare Recording Society Production.
As You Like It is quintessential Shakespearean comedy, complete with a loquacious clown, lovers, disguises, rifts and reconciliation's, and all within the atmospheric confines of the enchanted Forest of Arden. As the title suggests, As You Like It is a play in whi
...more
ebook, 0 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1599)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Madeline
Sep 21, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Henry Avila
Jun 26, 2013 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 shines ...more
Bill  Kerwin

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
...more
Ted
Feb 09, 2015 Ted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
Definitely one of favourites. Loved it.
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,
...more
Kelly
Jun 01, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
...more
Foad
نمايش به اندازه ى باقى كمدى ها، طنز نبود، اما روايت بسيار شيرينى از عشق بود، و باز مثل "رؤیای یک نیمه شب تابستان" و "کمدی اشتباهات"، از جا به جايى شخصيت ها استفاده شده بود، هر چند به شكلى تازه و جالب.

خلاصه نمایش برای یادآوری شخصی

(view spoiler)
...more
Lyn
Jan 16, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

Another very enjoyable and entertaining play by The Bard.

“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.”

Also another very influential work as it is apparent how many romantic comedies over the years have borrowed liberally from this classic tale.

“Do you not know I am a woman? when I thi
...more
Barry Pierce
Monsieur Jaques, c’est moi.
Joe Valdez
May 26, 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
...more
Dominic
Apr 21, 2010 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
...more
Alexandra
Nepáči

Až tak ako by som čakala,
no predsa v tom hĺbka občas bola,
I melanchólia - tú mám ja rada
alebo skôr jedného melancholika,
Ale ba!
Je v tom zrada
...alebo skôr láska, a že koľko
Lenže je času nemám toľko

Riešiť s nimi citové guláše,
Raz to niekto zakáže

A veru, ja si také pičoviny zakážem, načo to čítam, keď mám z toho len hlavybôl?
Potom sa tu tvárim ako vôl
Mimoto , mám tu pre vás pozdrav
Ktorý by bolo dobré počuť aj z hôr
Alebo odo mňa

A to: Zimná rozprávka je lepšia
Tak choď čítať to.

Ktoré to, to
...more
Bruce
May 18, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Giedre
Aug 15, 2016 Giedre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As it turns out, I quite liked it.
David Sarkies
Dec 17, 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
...more
Sara ✨サラ
*softly* i can't believe shakespeare was this gay
Vane J.
Feb 08, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Ken Moten
"I will no further offend you than becomes me for my good."


Wow, okay. I am trying to wrap my feelings around this play. I liked this play, but make no mistake, this was not written for any reason but to earn a quick dollar or pound. The dialogue and speeches in this rom-com is standard Shakespeare, and I am glad because this plot is a weak recycle of one (and I think two) play(s). I am not a lover of romantic comedies, but I like Shakespearean language enough to indulge in his rom-coms. In my m
...more
midnightfaerie
Click here for William Shakespeare Disclaimer

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
...more
Liz Janet
Feb 28, 2015 Liz Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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
...more
Laura
Feb 24, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
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.)
Tracey
Jun 26, 2012 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
...more
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
The Book Queen
I didn't love this one, and I did find it quite confusing at times, but overall I thought it was pretty good. I think this one (and the other comedies) would be a good introduction to the Bard; some of the language is really beautiful, like the majority of his work, but the plot and characters are more simple and easier to understand than in, say, the tragedies. (Having said that, I've read barely any Shakespeare at all, but I think this would be a good place to start.)

Leaving it at that because
...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
So there's this guy hanging out in a forest because his brother got all the money from their dad. And then this guy meets other people moping around the forest because Politics. And he starts pretending this other dude is the woman he's in love with - to prove he's actually in love - and does part of a wedding ceremony with him. Like, that's not a bit strange, eh? But it's all ok in the end because everyone was fantastic at cross-dressing. Or is that Twelfth Night?

Little plot, lots of witty exch
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The Library Lived In: As You Like It - Oct 2016 14 4 Nov 10, 2016 05:50PM  
Thomas like it like this that doesn't 1 8 Sep 28, 2015 12:32AM  
Goodreads Librari...: Alternative Book Cover 2 12 Aug 05, 2014 12:05AM  
The Heroine as Hero 1 26 Jul 06, 2014 05:00PM  
Sumner F Period: Blog #8 1 3 Apr 07, 2014 03:45PM  
The Most Awesome ...: As You Like It 1 7 Jan 22, 2013 02:59PM  
Why Did Shakespeare Write "As You Like It" ? 5 117 Jan 20, 2013 08:06AM  
  • The Duchess of Malfi
  • Tamburlaine
  • 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
  • The Dumb Waiter
  • All for Love
  • Saint Joan
  • Waiting for Lefty and Other Plays
  • The School for Scandal
  • Metamorphoses
  • Electra
  • The Sandbox & The Death of Bessie Smith
  • Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You & The Actor's Nightmare
  • The Rover
  • The Revenger's Tragedy
  • The Invention of Love
  • Samson Agonistes
  • Mourning Becomes Electra
  • Volpone
947
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
More about William Shakespeare...

Share This Book



“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” 40028 likes
“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.”
3947 likes
More quotes…