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What Shakespeare Book Thrills You Most?

Have you read 'Macbeth'?

What of "Merchant of Venice"

And "Hamlet"?

"Romeo and Juliet"?

And a host of a thousand others?

Which is your best?

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seun. I cannot make a comment on Nigerian Contemporary writers as i've never read their works. What i can easily say though, is in every play that shakespeare did, he easily brought out the personality of each and every main character, so that the reader could easily translate the issues to the characters actions.

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Sorryö ı donit read books! ı just felt lıke wrıtıng somethıng here! lol!

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I loved Comedy of errors. That was about the only play I willingly read!Others were for passing my exams.

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It's gotta be Othello and Macbeth! Unsex me!

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I ve read a lot of his books,but i love MERCHANT OF VENICE,really nice novel

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Ma fav ones are Macbeth, The Tempest, Hamlet and Othello

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othello,the tempest, macbeth ,12th nyte!

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i love all shakespear plays but come to think of it, i am thinking of re writting the script of most shakespear plays into african setting.will it be nice?

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romeo & juliet that is the only one i liked out of all of them the rest r just rubbish!

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I read them all and they are all nice but the one I love must is twelfth night or as you like it

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King Lear, The merchant of Venice

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All those who said "A Midsummer Night's Dream" get the thumbs-up from me.

On the innuendos--I still remember my English teacher's embarrassment at explaining why Mercutio compared himself to a "poperin pear".

Hint--pop-her-in.

Whoever said that Shakespeare's plays are similiar to your average dinner theatre is not too far off the mark. Shakespeare wasn't writing for an academic audience or some sophisticated theatre-goers: the people who came to see his plays are the same sort of people who would watch soap operas and reality shows today. His genius is in his inventive language and endless double-entendres--the plots are nothing to write home about, and some of them are even re-workings/plagiarizations of earlier plays. You should think of Shakespeare as a dancehall reggae artist--he might get on the same riddim that ten other guys have used for their song, but if he's good, his lyrics and his delivery are going to make his song unique.

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Funny enough, I just wrote my last final exam for the semester this morning, which was for my Shakespeare class. I had put off reading a good number of the plays until the exam began to encroach, and was forced to "read and digest" them in bulks prior to today. The plays I read were thus:

Merchant of Venice

Taming of the Shrew

Othello

The Tempest

Twelfth Night and

Macbeth

Of the plays, I really enjoyed Twelfth Night and Taming of the Shrew. By far my favorite was Othello, not just because the protagonist was of African heritage, but the passion and emotion that drove the plot (I mean Othello here). Othello was very visual, and the coversations were almost very real. I prefer the prosey parts of the plays to the verses, and Othello had a lot of these. Othello (the character) was so foolish I wanted to strangle him, but I enjoyed the ride. Nice thread. Not many people I meet would love to have Shakespeare as a friend, much less an author of a book they love (horrid trying to translate early modern English into lay man's language).

BTW, it's funny how one finds the many sexual innuendos and profanities in Shakespeare's plays once they graduate from Charles and Mary Lamb's fairytale edition. And I mean many.

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COMEDY OF ERRORS!!!

That's my all-time favourite. I really enjoyed reading Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing. I love all the shakespeare books i've read tho.

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i can't stand to read his books but i love romeo and juliet 's play

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i luv MACBETH.i've read different books of it loads of times and i watched the old and modern version of the film.the whole story is like so in my head.

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romeo and juliet is cool

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midsummer's night dream and as you like it.

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You're obviously making a mistake. "Eat no more. . ." was from Orlando in As You Like It.

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Definitely "A Mid-summer Night's dream" - Eat no more, for I must have your food LOL

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As you Like It remains my all-time favourite although I love Much Ado About Nothing and Julius Caesar.

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I love the comedies. My favorites are, Much ado about nothing, Comedy of errors and Taming of the shrew.

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pearl2,u must be a good reader!!!

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Shakespeare is incomparable!

I started with Lamb's Tales until I read Macbeth.Then it became difficult to stop.I read Romeo and Juliet,Julius Caesar,Merchant of Venice,Hamlet,Othello,Twelfth Night,e.t.c

Its difficult to choose one.Romeo and Juliet stands out for its language and tragic ending,may be more for its subject matter!But Macbeth and Julius CAESAR for brillant analysis of the human nature rank among the best books of the human genius.

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I love Twelfth Night n Macbeth,Hamlet n Julius Caesar.Infact my final yr project is on Characterisation and use of supernatural elements in Macbeth and Hamlet.Advin wat u wrote about Shakespeare's has come in handy 4 my project,thanx

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I've read a lot of them. I LOVE 'Comedy of Errors' the most.

the next would be Much Ado about Nothing

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I love hamlet and romeo and juliet.

There is one thing I love about shakespear's books, they are unpredictable

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i love a midsummer's nights dream

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@ tunku,

your attack on the "mighty" shakespear made me chuckle, but i feel you small, o.

i read a little shakespear in school because we were compelled to in my literature classes then.

read much ado about nothing, romeo and juliet, etc. only read them to pass my exams.

i heard so much about julius ceaser, so much so that i decided to see what the noise was all about. picked it up but couldnt get past the grammer. had to give up. abeg make them trrrryyy translate am to today's english, maybe then we can properly appraise his works.

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i've read many of shakespeare's works,but because i love art (be it novels,movies) based on political intrigue my best are julius caesar,hamlet,and macbeth.these 3 works really touched on the viler elements of humanity.or what can be worse than a man assasinating his best friend,a man cuckolding his brother then murdering him, or a man butchering his loving king.

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Romeo and Juliet, I love the movie, but not the book,absolutely gr8 movie, oh so passionate!

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thats true,we are forced to read at least one shakespeare's book in school

i think the reason is to make us know the historicallanguage of those days

and maybe shakespeare has no competitor!!!!

whay do u think?

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Hmmm, that's your opinion I guess, but I truly read Shakespeare's books because I wanted to. Yes, we were forced to read an adaptation of his works in secondary school, i.e, Lambs' Tales from Shakespeare. But i sought to read his works after i had finished Secondary School. His style of writing is very different from what's obtainable now, but in his day, that was the way it was. my parent's even read the books as Youngsters, so I know it was the times, but what obtains for me as a rule of thumb when it comes to books is this:

There's nothing such as an uninteresting book. What exists, is an uninterested person.

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Have you guys ever wondered why you are forced to read Shakespeare's play? is it because of the language? because no one is speaking in the vernacular that shakespeare wrote in anymore this day and age? I have read a couple of Shakespeare's plays and I chuckled at his bawdy language at times, but its so old and esoteric that it detracts from the largely inane and uninspired plots. Shakespeare might have been a brilliant playwright but I swear to god that I will never read another one of his play again. Hell my class is reading othello and so far I have bullshitted my way through most of the discussions about that play without having read it through. In short I think shakespeare is an overrated hack that is fueled by the pretenses of faux academians thinking they are smart because they can read the esoteric works of shakespeare. While in reality its nothing much more spectacular that the drivel that dinner theaters churns out on a daily basis.

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that one too was great!

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pls any brief history about shakespeare?can anyone share that?

who has read up more than 5 of his books

not watched but read

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I think my best is Julius ceaser

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I love Romeo and Juliet.

Hamlet is also nice..."To Be Or Not To Be".

Shakespeare is a pretty good writer, I admire him.

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much ado about nothing was a comic one right?

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My best remains Much ado about nothing it struck me as very funny! I also read Macbeth, the merchant of venice, a midsummer nights' dream and Romeo & Juliet.

All in all, Much ado about nothing stand out for me!

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I've read almost all Shakespeare books, though l find Macbeth, and Merchant of Venice to be great and interesting, my favorite is 'The Tempest

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