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King Lear, growing old and too tired to reign, decides to divide his realm amongst his three daughters, leaving the largest share to the one who loves him the most. His two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, foolish and deceitful children, are rewarded for their insincere flattery. His youngest daughter, Cordelia, however, speaks honestly and truthfully, which enrages th ...more
Published by Grupo Editorial Norma (first published 1603)
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Bill  Kerwin

I've read Lear many times, and, although I didn't learn anything new about the play this reading, I did learn a little about myself, and how I have changed. I have always loved the play, but in the past I found its injustice and evil nigh overpowering, its victims pathetically guiltless, its perspective verging on the nihilistic. Now, though, I see goodness and grace everywhere: in Cordelia's plain-spoken honesty and love for Lear, in Kent and Gloster's loyalty, in Edgar's bizarre attempt to hea
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody with no exception
Recommended to Dolors by: Núria Espert
My first encounter with Shakespeare has totally swept me off my feet. As much as I had heard of the indisputable grandeur of the most famous playwright of all times I never expected to be so immersed in the swirling undercurrents of the incongruities of human nature that are so vividly portrayed in this tragedy. Even though my inexpensive Wordsworth edition wasn’t generous with annotations or academic essays, the universality of Shakespeare’s art, wrought in versed polyptotons, playful aphorisms ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In times of change, stress or general uneasiness, I find myself repeatedly quoting Shakespeare.

There is something soothing in the knowledge that he wrote all those unforgettable lines over 400 years ago and they still make so much sense - sometimes more sense than our most recent literary production. I know that I am in some kind of identity crisis when King Lear comes to my mind again, and I open the highly impractical "Collected Works of Shakespeare" and try to find Lear without completely bre
Ahmad Sharabiani
King Lear, William Shakespeare
عنوانها: شاه لیر، لیر شاه؛ نمایشنامه شاه لیر؛ الملک لیر؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ انتشاراتیها: (بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، علمی فرهنگی، ورجاوند، نشر مرکز، پارسه)؛ ادبیات انگلستان
عنوان: لیر شاه؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: جواد پیمان؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر، 1339، در 200 ص، چاپ دیگر: 1347؛ در 296 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: انتشارات علمی فرهنگی، 1373؛ چاپ دیگر 1375؛ شابک: 9644452518؛ چاپ ششم 1379؛ چاپ هفتم 1380؛ چاپ هشتم 1381؛ نهم 1382؛ دهم 1387؛ شابک: 9789644452512؛ یازدهم 1391؛
Henry Avila
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child"...Good King Lear, feared in his younger days, has two, in pagan Britain, the inhabitants worship the numerous gods, there, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, the ancient ruler, in his eighties, can no longer govern well, no stamina, his mind is deteriorating quickly, with no sons but three devoted daughters, he believes, decides to divide the kingdom, equally, between them, but first the widower monarch, needs to hea ...more
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3 of 5 stars to King Lear, a tragic play by William Shakespeare, published in 1603. I enjoyed the play and then watched a few film versions. My review will cover both the book and the film I saw -- with a bit of sarcasm and humor (just to be different than all the other ones! LOL)

Lear is an absolutely ridiculous character who belongs in the looney bin in my opinion. He has lost all control over his life, his family, and his kingdom. He is foolish, blind, and stubborn. When reading
Riku Sayuj

A Fairy Tale I Give Thee, A ‘True Chronicle History’

[Dramatis Personæ:

The Bard, as Himself

World, as Itself

You, as Fool, in the Bard’s service

Kings, Daughters, Sons, Knights, Fools, Gentlemen, Soldiers, Attendants, Messengers, Servants.]

Act 1.1

Sennet. Enter [The Bard, You]


Hark, A Fairy Tale I Give Thee, Fit for Today’s Times!

I have in my time, written many plays - tragedies, comedies, all - but reader beware: this might be my darkest vision yet.

I will exalt you; and in death’s throngs.

Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.

In college honors English at U. Tennessee Knoxville, I stumbled into a dissertation about a comparison of epic and tragic, using as templates Lear and Milton's Paradise Lost. In all of English class papers, there may never have been a more seasoned example of pure bull**** and left field logic. I think I got a B-, just because my instructor may have been worried about whether or not my meds had kicked in.

Still, in composing the literary testimony of
Huda Yahya
با لعذابك يا لير
ويا لقسوة الدهر على شيخوختك

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drenched our teeples, drowned the cocks!
You sulphurour and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o' the world!
Crack nature's molds, all germens spill at once
That make ingrateful man!...

لا أظن ان هناك من استطاع تصوير الانحدار نحو الجنون كما
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Honestly didn't enjoy this as much as I had expected to. I think my expectations were too high. But, it was still an enjoyable play!
I was lucky enough to be living in Stockholm when Ingmar Bergman staged Lear at the Swedish National Theatre in the late 80s, and I saw it twice. Bergman's take on the play was very interesting and unusual; he interpreted it as fundamentally optimistic.

Obviously, you're wondering why, and in the hands of a lesser director it would probably just have been a piece of unnecessary perversity. Bergman's reasoning was, in fact, not bizarre. He saw the key scene of the play as the reconciliation betwee
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-20
This is where Shakespeare takes off the gloves. He brings us right to the edge of the abyss, then kicks us over that edge. King Lear is the most devastating by far of the Shakespeare tragedies -- this is a play which leaves the reader shattered as the curtain falls.

The play has a kind of primal power, which I find hard to explain. The plot is fairly typically Shakespeare, perhaps a little more complicated than usual, mixing elements taken from legend and from the historical record. At the outse
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, the-bard
In a world where every king must give up his crown, where tragedies end in death and all comes to dust, this is a hopeful tale. This hope won’t appear in a plot summary or in the morbid sum of deaths by play’s end, and yet there are key moments of reconciliation for both of the aged, long-suffering characters. After experiencing little but anguish for much of the play, Lear and Gloucester are granted a reprieve from the darkest of fates. Granted, these 11th hour reprieves are short-lived, but in ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
2109 fellow Goodreaders [can’t be wrong] gave it 1 star. Many call it boring. Some even say it is predictable and has no moral lesson. That these people have the right to vote and to procreate is frightening to me.

I am NOT ranking the play itself here, only the Norton Critical Edition version (2007). Shakespeare’s Lear is, duh, one of western culture’s great achievements and personally I think it has become my favorite Shakespeare play.

I won't lie... I didn't even finish this one. All of the fal
As the bright red firament of stars above might give away, I really responded to this play. I may have done so in both negative and positive ways, but this story made a really lasting impression on me. It did for me what Macbeth could not- gave me genuinely tragic characters who earned the tears and compassion that I gave for them by the end of the journey.

Thinking about it in retrospect, a useful guide for King Lear is provided by another of Shakespeare's characters, Jacques, and his Ages of Ma
Mahdi Lotfi
شاه لیر دردناکترین تراژدی شکسپیر است. شکسپیر نمایشنامهی شاه لیر را در سال ۱۶۰۶ مینویسد.
برادلی، شکسپیر شناس و ادیب بزرگ انگلیسی، در باره این سوگنمایش چنین میگوید: «شاه لیر همواره بعنوان بزرگترین اثر شکسپیر شناخته شده است. اثری که در آن مهمترین تواناییهای درام نویسی شکسپیر شکوفا میشود. و اگر زمانی ما مجبور شویم تمامی نمایشنامههای شکسپیر را دور بریزیم و تنها یکی از آنها را نگاه داریم، اکثریت کسانی که شکسپیر را عمیقا" میشناسند و عمیقا" به او ارج میگذارند، شاه لیر را بعنوان بهترین نمایشنامهی او برخوا
Nikos Tsentemeidis
"Πρέπει να αντέξουμε το βάρος της θλιβερής μας εποχής:
τα λόγια μας να μην τα επιβάλλει χρέος, αλλά κατάθεση ψυχής.
Οι πρόγονοί μας είχαν βάσανα χειρότερα. Κι εμείς, που τώρα ζούμε,
ούτε στα χρόνια τους θα φτάσουμε, ούτε τόσα πολλά θα δούμε."

Συγκλονιστικό έργο. Το τρίτο και καλύτερο που διαβάζω του Shakespeare, μετά τον Άμλετ και τον Μακμπέθ. Άξιος απόγονος των τριών αρχαίων Ελλήνων τραγικών. Δεν έχω κάτι πιο συγκεκριμένο να πω, κάθε φράση είναι ένα δίδαγμα.
To call King Lear a tragedy somehow seems lacking. I don't know where in literature (let alone in real life) you could find a greater succession of calamities, all coming to a bad end. It's generally regarded as one of Shakespeare's greatest works, right along with Hamlet and Macbeth.
4.5 stars
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El teatro, el drama, es un género que no acostumbro a leer muy a menudo, pero cada vez que me acerco a este tipo de clásicos, lo hago a partir de William Shakespeare. Sólo tengo cuatro libros del genial bardo, a saber y en orden de predilección: Macbeth, Hamlet, La Tempestad y este, que me ha agradado en buena manera. Los dos primeros que enumero siguen siendo mis predilectos, especialmente Macbeth, por ser la obra más oscura y malvada de Shakespeare.
Respecto de El Rey Lear, y como en la mayoría
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستان گرانقدر، این نمایشنامه بدرستی شاهکاری بینظیر از زنده یاد «شکسپیر» است
به نظر من تأثیرگذارترین قسمت، زمانی است که مردِ پاسبان در حال تازیانه و شلاق زدن به زنِ روسپی است ... به گفتۀ «شکسپیر بزرگ»، آن مرد پاسبان هنگامی که زن روسپی را تازیانه میزد، به سختی نیاز داشت که با زنِ روسپی همان کاری را انجام دهد که بخاطرِ مجازاتِ همان کار تازیانه را بالا و پایین میبرد... پاسبان با تمام وجود نیاز به سکس با زن روسپی را داشت
عزیزانم، این بخش از نمایشنامه، نشان دهندۀ این حقیقت است که: همیشه افراد تابعِ آن
David Sarkies
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tragedy
A Story of a Man who just wants to be Loved
16 April 2009

This is by far and away my favourite Shakespeare play. It is a very dark and brooding play that is not only incredibly violent, but also ends very badly for most of the main characters. King Lear is one of Shakespeare's great tragedies (along with the Scottish Play and Hamlet) though I find that Hamlet is a lot tighter and the plots are a lot more intertwined than King Lear.

What I mean by this is that there are, I'll say two, plots runnin
Γιώργος Μπέλκος
Δεν αποφεύγεται εύκολα ο παραλληλισμός του Βασιλιά Ληρ με τον εσωτερικό βασιλιά που μας διαφεντεύει. Τη στιγμή που ο (εσωτερικός) βασιλιάς αποφασίζει να παραχωρήσει το βασίλειό του, τότε είναι που αναδύονται οι πιο μύχιες ανασφάλειες που αποζητούν την επιβεβαίωση. Τί είναι άλλωστε ένας βασιλέας χωρίς το βασίλειό του; Αυτοί που του λεν την αλήθεια είναι αυτοί που φαντάζουν στα μάτια του βασιλιά απειλητικοί. Είναι αυτοί που υποθάλπτουν το φαντασιακό οικοδόμημα. Μπροστά στην απειλή του να χάσει αυτ ...more
I gave you all.

And in good time you gave it.

They told me I was everything; 'tis a lie[.]
There's little respect for the old where I come from. My personal bias being what it is, it's taken some time for me to look past my individual justification to the broader scope of human beings inheriting power from human beings. Land, fealty, divine right. Once you held sway over three begotten children. Now authority has turned contumely and you seek to divest it and its bloodsuckers into the hands of th
This was something that I read as an A-level set text in English Literature at the age of seventeen or so. It's only many years later that it is slowly dawning on me just how shocking a play it is. Not simply because of the ultra violence on and off stage (and for well over a hundred years theatre goers saw a version with a happy ending in which Cordelia wasn't hanged by the neck until dead) but the device of concurrent monologues with actors on stage not engaged in dialogue and the pre-Christia ...more
His greatest work, in my opinion, which makes it one of the greatest works of art our species has produced. Its greatness lies not just in its language or in its analysis of power, but in the extraordinary structure of it, and its complete refusal to follow the usual dramatic arcs. How shocking must it have been for a Jacobean audience to see a god-chosen king reduced to scrabbling around in a hovel?

The heartbreaking irreversibility of mortality. Age and loss. The stripping away of self. Love.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading through Shakespeare's plays over the last few months and watching them when I can. Reading them so close together, I can't help but compare them to one another and rank them in my head. This one wasn't my favourite, but it was high up there. It didn't have the fantastic language of Hamlet, the frivolous fun of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the love and poetry of Romeo and Juliet, or the heart stopping drama of Othello. Sure, this had action and tragedy, quite a lot at times, but t ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
I think, with The Tempest and Hamlet and maybe Macbeth, this is my favourite Shakespeare play. Grandiose, tragic with characters bigger than life, it demonstrates the Bard's absolute mastery of blank verse and extraordinary dialog. I am nearly breathless each time I finish Lear. I have, unfortunately, never scene it on stage but that is one on my bucket list!
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-inglaterra, e5, g-teatro
"Não mostres tudo o que tens nem digas tudo o que sabes. Não acredites em tudo o que ouves, não arrisques tudo o que tens."
(Bobo - Ato I, Cena 4)

Lear está velho, quer libertar-se das preocupações do reino e viver o resto dos seus dias ao cuidado das filhas. Entrega a coroa e os territórios às duas que lhe demonstram, com belas palavras, o seu amor por ele; a terceira - mais dada à sinceridade - é escorraçada. Mas, como diz o Bobo, "o pardal alimenta tão bem o cuco que este acaba por o comer."

Natalie Monroe
A guide to all Shakespeare tragedies:

Tuğba K.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İkinciye okuyuşum, kitap biter bitmez Submarine'i tekrar izleme isteği hasıl oldu. Ne bileyim, David Bowie dinleyince gelen C.R.A.Z.Y. izleme isteği gibi. Filmlerde geçen kitaplar/şarkılar yahut kitaplarda geçen filmler/şarkılar; kısacası birbiri içerisinde geçerken birbirlerini tamamlayan eserler her zaman ayrı bir yere sahip olacak bende galiba, biraz kişisel. Bu da onun gibiydi. Hiçbir referansa ihtiyacı yok tekrar okunmak için ayrı konu, sırf Cordelia'nın zarafetinin anlatıldığı birkaç satır ...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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