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  • Huda Yahya
    2019-03-11 23:20

    ============================أدب شكسبير لا يُقدَّم هكذا حتى إن كان العمل للناشئينسيء للغاية=============================

  • notgettingenough
    2019-03-23 05:28

    I vaguely recall some years ago Venezuela set up a government department called the Ministry of Love. The idea was to inculcate in poor women the understanding that their babies from the very moment they were born would respond to any stimuli. Poverty shouldn't stop mothers from giving their babies experience of smell and sound and touch and...My parents certainly wanted that for us. Knowing how poor we were when I was little, I still marvel at the amazing opportunities they conjured up for us to experience so much of the world in an utterly non-judgmental fashion. There was nothing we wouldn't go to, car races or the football as readily as the art gallery or the library. But for me the best, the most wonderful thing we did, was theatre.I was maybe seven, and the oldest of four children, when we went to our first Shakespeare. We were so lucky that my parents had a brilliant understanding of how to make this easy. We always read the story - Charles Lamb, of course - first and we'd discuss it. Then my father would play a game with us. He knew quite a few Shakespeare plays by heart and we'd get to test him. Well, being the oldest and best at reading, I got the supporting role. I'd read a line from the play and he'd say who said it and when. He was always right, I'd be reduced to trying things like 'Halt' and we'd wait with breath bated while he decided if that was guard one or guard two. It was exciting! Once we got there, we'd sit in the front row, entranced. How could Shakespeare not be the most wonderful thing after that start?

  • booklady
    2019-02-26 03:19

    It’s a good sampling of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies, but I can’t help wondering why they omitted his histories? What about Julius Caesar or Richard III? Goodness gracious if children can deal with Hamlet and Macbeth, they can deal with the former and even absorb some—well according to Shakespeare anyway—history as well. But aside from that technical complaint, it is an enjoyable collection and well-written. Charles and Mary Lamb do an excellent job capturing the essence of each of the plays, the language of the Bard, humor/pathos, and overall storyline. It is a commendable way to introduce young people (of all ages) to Shakespeare.Personally, I prefer the tragedies. I used to think it was because there was something wrong with me, but reading the plays all together like this, it is easy to see the tragedies are each uniquely unforgettable whereas the comedies are similar, repetitive, and start to to run together in your mind after you have read a few … like so many modern romance movies and books? Not that they aren’t clever. They are, but many of the same devices (women dressing as men, twins/doubles, lovers switching) are repeated, undoubtedly because they were successful and popular. My favorites? Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear. What are yours?A good thing to read while one is listening to a bio of Shakespeare.

  • Safa Fatima
    2019-03-09 05:22

    Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare are a prose form of Shakespeare's plays for children by the writer siblings Charles and Mary Lamb. While certainly keeping the magic alive by use of Shakespeare's original words but also not letting go of convenience at any point, the language is very easy, but still perfect for Shakespeare.It's such a powerful rendition of Shakespeare's plays in a very accessible format, interesting and easy to read for adults and children alike.The book is short but that doesn't stop it from hitting the mark. You have to pay attention to the work to finish it. The authors are extremely talented and are all over Shakespeare, they got it covered!. They keep his message alive. There's no mistaking that this is Shakespeare's work. He lives in the pages. It's like the authors spent a lot of time with the guy.Maybe it was the short story format without the thick, tricky, hard language and difficult play format which is only my second favorite but I found myself completely enjoying the plays and appreciating them for what they were, and fully commending Shakespeare for being who he was. He's truly the Bard.My edition had The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth  and Twelfth Night with refresher questions about each play at the end.Each play is separated into small parts having its own intuitive title with full-page illustrations after every few pages. The plays are relatively short but, nevertheless precise and comprehensive.So, reading The Tempest I nod off and I see the demons somewhat like in the book in my sleep which conveniently make me wake up in fright. That was the only hitch in my reading this book.Here I must confess something, I tried picking up Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth like 4.5 years ago but I instantly knew that I wasn't ready for it. Then, about 3.5 years later, while at a Book Fair I just get Julius Caesar, you know, to ease myself into it. I kind of had the feeling that it'd be relatively easy, a good place to start and it was. I enjoyed it, in a weird satisfying way (my first Shakespear and I'm not writhing on the ground). At the start of the year, I read A Shakespeare Treasury, a list of favorite quotes from Shakespeare's works which was quite nice. Then I read King Lear out of an anthology, Eight Great Tragedies, just this last month which I enjoyed not so much. Now I have finally got myself The Complete Works, but when am I gonna read it, I don't know, I have the satisfaction of having it, on my bookshelf, at least, I CAN read it whenever I want to. The whole huge book, it's a big responsibility, not to mention the feeling/weight of being done with all of Shakespeare's works. That's the extent of it. That's all there is to my Shakespeare experience unless watching She's the Mancounts (I love the movie, I totally see/love it as a great rendition of Twelfth Night).Lamb's Tales is another one of my attempts to pave my way into the world of Shakespear. It's my uncle's, so I had easy access to it, so I said why not. I feel such an obligation to prepare myself for this magnificent piece of art, it's a privilege.Shakespeare seems quite typical of his time but maybe he was radical in his time. There's some deus ex machina going on there too, it's like people have no natures, they just change according to the circumstances.My individual comments on each of the plays:The Tempest: Father and daughter stranded on an island, father commands spirit, spirit bring his enemies to the island, the enemies get scared, repent and seek forgiveness. Enemy's son falls in love with the daughter who becomes future queen, the father gets his dukedom back, the spirit takes them back safely to home. It was okay, quite typical. The writing makes it somewhat special though (writing means everything to me).A Midsummer Night's Dream: Magic is in the air. Magical forest, invisible fairies bring lovers together, undetected. Love is created by magic when it isn't there. Everyone lives happily ever after.It was pretty, funny at times, well executed except the part about "making" the guy fall in love.Much Ado About Nothing: Cousins, Lords and a Prince. Lord falls for the nice cousin, Prince helps. Short-tempered cousin and Lord bicker all the time. Prince and the Lord along with his betrothed plot to make them fall in love by telling each the other loves them. Half-brother is jealous of the Lord, plans to ruins his marriage. “It would be as possible for me to say I love nothing in the world so well as you; but do not believe me, and yet I do not lie. I confess nothing and I deny nothing.” Infinitely more interesting. The quality of the plays is getting better as we move on. The name of the nice cousin is Hero, ain't it awesome?!As You Like it: Cousins (what is it with Shakespeare and cousins?), Duke (has nicer, prettier daughter, gets exiled by brother, lives in forest like Robin Hood), false Duke (kinda evil, of course), daughter falls for father's friends's son who her uncle dislikes, follows father, cousin comes along, daughter dresses up as a boy, befriends beloved who also has come to the forest and has been taken under the wing of the Duke. “If I am conquered, well, I was never happy; if I am killed, well I am willing to die. I shall do my friends no wrong, for I have none to weep for me. I shall do the world no harm for in it I have nothing. For I only take up a place in the world which may be better filled when I have made it empty.” A tale of love and friendship and a little Robin Hood vibes, so cool!The Merchant of Venice: Antonio is the titular merchant. Shylock is the Jew moneylender. Antonio hates Shy, spits on him, kicks him, berates him at every moment but when he needs money for his clingy (read: gold-digger) friend (serious bromance going on here) he asks to Shy, who, out to get him, lends him money without interest on the condition that if the money is not paid by a certain date he will (view spoiler)[ take a pound of his flesh from anywhere he wants (hide spoiler)], is there a like of this in literature?. Guess what happens (and what doesn't).“Mercy drops as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath; it is a double blessing, it blesses him that gives, and him that receives it; it is a finer ornament for a king than his crown itself, because it is a quality of God Himself; and earthly power comes nearest to God's when justice is mixed with mercy; remember that we all pray for mercy, that same prayer should teach us to show mercy.” One of my favorites, this is my thing, maybe because Mom narrated it to us when we were kids, she brought the CD home, but it was a bit too much for us so we didn't really watch it but the plot was more than intriguing. The first thing is it's in Venice. I loved the names, Shylock, just saying it sends a thrill to your body (Sherlock!). Portia is a nice one too. But I cannot help but ask why are Christians so biased against Jews, first The Jew of Malta and now this, is it because they lent money on interest, and now the whole world is following their example (well played). Feminism (not at first (horrific contradiction) but which gradually develops), a completely rad idea, plot-twist, what more could I want!Macbeth: Macbeth, after receiving a prophecy from the witches of his ascending the throne, along with his wife crosses every line from regicide to witchery to killing his own friends for the crown but they are haunted by the things they have done and it doesn't end well for them.There is some creepy unrepentant witchery evil going on here but it's so badass. It's so evil it works! This is some great work done here. It's beyond words. Shakespeare has outdone himself. This play is pure perfection, it's the best, The Merchant of Venice coming a close second.Twelfth Night: Identical twin brother and sister, separated in a ship wreckage. The sister Viola alone, away from home on a different island decides to be a boy (again Shakespeare, FR?) to become a page to the Duke who is love-struck with the countess. Duke begins to spend all the time with her, brooding, sends her to persuade the countess who falls in love with her. Brother, saved, comes back, you can imagine the rest.Shakespeare appears to be quite interested in crossdressing, I've always kind of speculated about Shakespeare being gay, his writing, his demeanor, visage, tell-tale signs. The internet, however, says that he might have been bisexual. There is quite a lot of evidence. Enough on that, I'm getting carried away. This was the fun-nest, (maybe because I remember She's the Man).Now that I know the stories of these plays maybe I'll be more comfortable reading the originals. I'm noticing out of these only Macbeth is one without a happy ending, hmm.Shakespearian characters change suddenly, not all of them have strong natures, marriages easily happen or break, love at first sight is quite the everyday routine, and they become repentant in the end, however evil they might be.There is a reason Shakespeare's works have survived to this day. It's timeless, classic and most all unique. About Lamb's Tales, the writing is atypical, top-notch, I loved it! This is a great way to dabble into Shakespeare, it's like dipping a toe, if you want to read Shakespeare or even if you don't plan to read the original works, if you're just curious.However, let this not stop you from reading the original works of Shakespeare, because let me tell you, these are kind of over-simplified, censored versions (because children) missing some crucial parts which make Shakespeare so popular to this day, Shakespeare is so much more than that. And, also, some of the Roman plays like Julius Caeser haven't been adapted so let this be a stepping stone, not the destination.

  • Malak Alrashed
    2019-03-17 02:26

    * This review is going to be slightly short.I got this book on my 20th birthday. A friend of mine knew how much I suffer reading Shakespeare and that I always read simple summaries before reading the original plays, so it was very thoughtful of her to bring a book that contains the most famous plays of Shakespeare retold in a very clear and easy-to-follow style. The plays are written as "short-stories" which made the book even easier to comprehend.Generally, the book is pretty helpful for non-English speakers. I usually pick up a certain play and read it from this book before,during or after reading the original play to make sure I understood the play completely and perfectly.

  • Claudia
    2019-03-16 00:08

    I'm not very fond of theater, not even Shakespeare's, but these tales are wonderful! Written in an accessible language, they are a very enjoyable reading for children as well as for adults. I reread them many times :) Recommended!

  • David Sarkies
    2019-03-05 04:09

    The Bard for Children15 April 2016 I reckon the first time I encountered this collection was back in high school when our teacher wanted to teach us the Scottish Play, but didn't feel that we were ready to actually start reading the proper text, namely because she felt that maybe we wouldn't fully understand Shakespeare's language (despite the fact that this was year 11 English). Mind you, as we all know, Shakespeare isn't the easiest of authors to read (though I must admit that he is a lot easier to read than some of the modern authors – James Joyce for instance). In fact, as I was reading the piece on Macbeth my mind went back to that day in class, when we all had a photocopy of the story sitting in front of us and were reading it aloud (which I must admit seems really odd these days because I find reading a book aloud amongst a group of people rather odd – and I still wonder how we managed to get through the entire year when half the class involved us sitting there reading the book aloud – not that these were particularly long books mind you, with the exception of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but then again I don't remembering actually reading that one aloud in class). Anyway, this is a great little book, especially for those of us who happen to have young children (not that I'm one of those people), simply because it has been written in a style that is really accessible to those of us who might not be able to understand the language, or even be able to follow what is in effect a script. Okay, the Lambs do try retain as much of the original dialogue as possible, but only where they use the dialogue. For the most part the story is told using prose, which has a great effect on being able to help us understand the action of the play. I must admit that this is the first time that I have read this particular book in years (and even then I have only read it once before, not counting that time in highschool), and I generally don't grab it off the shelf to get an idea of what a particular play is about – that's what Wikipedia is for. Mind you, the Lambs haven't included all of the plays in this work – notable absences include the Roman plays (which is a shame because Julius Caesar happens to be one of my favourites) and the History plays. The suggestion is, at least in the introduction to the edition that I read, is that the Lambs were more interested in the plays that operated within the domestic sphere as opposed to those that operated in the political sphere. While that may seem a little odd when we note that plays such as the Scottish Play and King Lear are included (as these two plays very much operate within the political sphere) I can sort of see where the Lambs are coming from – the book is primarily targeted at children, and at the age at which they would have been reading this their experience of the world outside of the home would have been quite limited. It is interesting to consider the target audience of this book though – written in 1809 it would have mainly been for the children of the middle and upper classes, who no doubt would have been able to read. However it is suggested in Charles Lamb's introduction that it was more for the girls than the boys, as the boys would have had access to the father's library (another indication that it would have been for the upper classes) at a much younger age than the girls. It is also an indication that at the time children's literature would have been literally non-existent, namely because it was expected that when a child learnt to read, they would have been thrown straight into the deep end (though I suspect that the Bible would have been a major part of a child's introduction to literature). Okay, I'm not really an expert on early children's literature, but it seems as if the Lambs were paving the way for what was to become a multi-million dollar industry. Okay, tales for children had existed for centuries, but many of the stories that we traditionally consider to be children's stories (such as Grimm's Fairytales) were originally written for an adult audience. It wasn't until the 19th century that stories, and books, were written specifically with children in mind. In a way we can trace the modern children's story back to the work of Charles and Mary Lamb, who saw a need to make some of the classic Shakespearian plays more accessible to the younger audience.

  • Phillip
    2019-03-13 05:24

    The tales in this volume are written for children and have become literature in their own right. Writing the stories was a project for Mary Lamb while in a sanitarium for murdering her mother. Her brother Charles Lamb faithfully visited his sister every day. They divided the tales up, each wrote half and they would read them to each other.Regardless of the origin of the stories they are brief descriptions of some of Shakespeare's plays and are nice introductions to the work of the Bard.

  • سارة درويش
    2019-03-13 02:30

    الكتاب جيد ، اختصر أكثر من رواية شهيرة لشكسبير وعرضهاالمشكلة في كل روايات شكسبير أن الشخصيات التي يقطر قلبها شراً منذ بداية الرواية تتغير فجأة وتشعر بالندم لمجرد ان شخصاً ما أنبها وذكرها بكل السوء الذي فعلتهارى هذا غير واقعي وسبب ضعيف لتغير الأحداث

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-03-24 01:23

    These stories are a perfect way to introduce children to Shakespeare’s plays. I loved this book when I was 10, and I’m convinced it’s one of the main reasons I was a Shakespeare fanatic well before I entered high school.

  • Carolyn Rohloff
    2019-03-03 01:28

    A lovely book for those who want to get the gist of Shakespeare (and/or children). Lovely prose. Good bedtime story book, although you may have to explain some words. :)

  • Robin
    2019-03-09 06:26

    The edition I have was published in 1863. I got it several years ago in Amsterdam. These snippits of Shakespeare provide a wonderful overview for many of his best known works. They were written to instruct young children (particularly nineteenth century girls) on the basic stories in Shakespeare's plays, so that when they grew older and began studying Shakespear in earnest, they would already be familiar with the basics and could focus on learning the more subtle parts of his work. Even as an adult, I find them enjoyable and useful. I pulled this book down today to refresh my memory on a play that I'm going to see later this evening.Of course there are many newer editions out there with these same brief summaries by Charles and Mary Lamb. I would recommend every household have one. The beauty of this collection of stories is that it makes Shakespeare accessible to people of all ages and all stages of learning.

  • booklady
    2019-03-03 23:21

    Read this with the girls many years ago but want to reread. This is actually a totally different book from the original Tales from Shakespeare which I started a couple days ago. I have both books. Read this one in 2002 with daughters. It is illustrated but GRs has it tied to all the other editions written by Charles and Mary Lamb. Not sure how to untie it, so I may have to delete and re-enter the book in order to 'fix' the official record. Grrrr! The dif is the illustrated edition is not complete, only 15 stories (20 in original) and is, well illustrated, as it says in title.

  • Kay
    2019-03-25 06:29

    Shakespeare is so difficult to wade through. Charles and Mary Lamb took difficult language and made the stories accessible enough that my 6 year old and I have enjoyed getting to know these classics. Of course, we used Barbie dolls and stuff animals to represent all the different characters so that we wouldn't get completely lost, but still... :)I'm blessed enough to have my grandmother's 1923 edition published by The MacMillan Company. Not sure if the illustrations the same as the original first edition from 1807, but definitely representative of older books.

  • Shivers
    2019-03-24 05:29

    I give this book 5 stars because William Shakespeare was a great and imaginative writer who wrote lots of different types of plays like comedies and tragedies and politics. In this book they are written more like short stories than plays. I liked some more than others so I am going to rate them here in order of favourite to least favourite.King Lear - 5 stars -it was my favourite - such interesting characters but so tragicMidsummers Night Dream - 5 stars - very funny and loved the magicRomeo and Juliet - 5 stars - so sweet and sad. The families should have let them be together.The Winter's Tale - 5 stars - very enjoyablePericles, Prince of Tyre - 5 stars - a good adventure; sort of fairy-tale like.Hamlet - 5 stars - so much betrayalMacbeth- 4 stars - Macbeth and his wife were so mean! Othello - 4 stars - kind of similar to the Winter's Tale but much worse because he actually killed his wife and The Winter's Tale ended happily.Cymberline - 4 starsAs You like it - 4 starsThe Tempest - 4 stars Comedy of errors - 4 stars - quite interesting but who would name their twins the same name? Like what?Timon of Athens - 4 stars All's Well that ends well - 3 stars. Bertram didn't deserve Helena!Much ado about nothing - 3 starsTwelth Night - 3 stars. The Two gentlemen of Verona - 3 starsMerchant of Venice - 2 stars - I didn't really like that one, I thought it was racist and yuck.Taming of the Shrew - 1 star - aagh! So sexistMeasure for Measure - 1 star - too political and so boring.

  • Estrella
    2019-03-02 02:13

    Tales From Shakespeare is a novel that consists of 20 of Shakespeares classic writtings . From the famous ''Romeo and Juliet'' to the classic'' Merchant of Venice'' and many more of his works. When reading this book I was soon to realize that it was quite easy to understand considering the difficulty of Shakespeare old time writing style. This book makes it easier to understand the works of Shakespeare .I reccommend this book for students or as others recommend it children who are interested in reading Shakespeare plays .I also believe thay this is a great start for Children to be introduced to the fine arts of literature without being baffled by the difficulties that come along with the actual works.It also is simpler and easier as well as perfect for the begining learners who want to take part in this type of literature .In my opinion the age range originally set for this book is pretty low and although the content is easier to understand it still isn't proper for really young children. My personal favorite part of this book had to be ''Romeo and Juliet'' . Even though the book is quite long its very interesting to rwad because every chapter is a new exiting story. the age range oroganlli

  • Meghan
    2019-03-09 03:30

    OK, first: I am literature purist, and generally am very adverse to "children's versions" of anything. I would instead start by teaching a simpler play like Romeo and Juliet or Julius Caesar in say, sixth or seventh grade as an introduction to Shakespeare. I suppose the Lamb version is all right to introduce the Bard to very young students. For my fifth grade class, I taught the Lamb version and I still fear it may have done them a disservice. Actually, I was so concerned that it might bleed out any interest they had in the Bard, that I condensed Romeo and Juliet (every line was unedited Shakespeare, as I wanted them to get familiar with the sheer poetry and power of his language) into a 10 minute play for them to perform, which they nailed! They absorbed and understood an impressive amount of all that Shakespearean English, and by the end, they could all recite the entire skit from memory. Reading the real thing makes students hungry for more and eager to become better readers. Being spoon-fed the toothless Lamb version, runs the risk of students wrongly assuming that Shakespeare is as dry as the Lambs. P.S. Mary Lamb was declared insane FOR STABBING HER MOTHER TO DEATH. That always concerned me.

  • Tajwar Rahman
    2019-03-01 23:21

    This book is about stories from the famous poet, Shakespeare. This book consists of Shakespeare's finest works. Shakespeare usually writes his pieces as if it was written for a play, however, this book takes the plays and is rewritten as normal stories. These "normal stories" still contain English and grammar that was used in the 15-1600s. The readers would still get the basic idea of the story, if not the whole story. I would not recommend this book to those who don't understand old English and wants some action. I would recommend it to those who want romance in their book. Since there're too many stories, I chose the story that I like best.Midnight's Summer Dream:This story is about a princess who didn't want to marry to suitor her dad chose for her. She ran away with the person she loved. The suitor tries to find his to-be-fiancee. The princesses' friend loves the suitor and joins him. Puck, a fairy uses a love potion on the wrong people, made the princess have a miserable night because her lover, loves her best friend. In the end, everyone loves the correct people.

  • Rania
    2019-03-18 07:09

    A good book really that serves as a good introduction for those who are going to study Shakespeare. The book presents Shakespearean plays in prose, using an easy language that prepares students to get a good view of the play before reading the original text. However, the book sometimes dispenses with some parts which are, despite not part of the main plot, serve some purpose in the play. For example, in presenting King Lear, there is no mention whatsoever of Gloucester, and Bedlam Begger is not identified as Edgar, Edmund's brother, although this subplot helps us further understand the main plot in which Lear's daughters, like Edmund, betray him and cause his downfall. Also, in The Merchant of Venice, there is no mention whatsoever of the subplot of the three caskets which one of them contains Portia's picture, the one who will find it will be allowed to marry Portia, which is a very famous part in this play. But all in all, the book is recommended to those who intend to study Shakespeare, for it presents the plays in a simple and easy way, which is a good beginning for learners.

  • Quirkyreader
    2019-03-13 23:32

    I love Shakespeare and have had the opportunity to see many of his plays at the Stratford Festival.I picked this book because I want to share his writing with my students. I want to get them interested in the stories before presenting the full play.Also, this way the class can pick which play they want to read and study.7.3.12. I just finished the book. I didn't much particularly like it. I don't think that I will have my student's read it after all. While reading some of the summaries I felt like my intelligence was being insulted. Granted, the Lambs wrote it during a time when women didn't get university educations, there were still smart people out there who could understand the Bard without the contents being dumbed down.So if one is looking for a summaries on Shakespeare's plays pass this one up.

  • Jon
    2019-02-27 03:35

    If you are looking for a brief, relatively accessible, summary of Shakespeare's plays, this fits the bill. It took me a while to get into the style, but once I did, I began to very much appreciate the presentation of the essence of each story. Of course much is lost, but they do seek to maintain some of the key lines in the key scenes of the various plays. I also like the fact that it was written a long time ago for children and yet it still works. I'm not sure kids today would appreciate it, but if you are heading to a Shakespeare play and need a brief summary of the essentials of the play, you get it here in story form. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. It's definitely a keeper.

  • Hannah Walsh
    2019-03-12 00:21

    Tales From Shakespeare is a collection of Shakespeare's plays that have been simplified and re-written as prose. I was impressed by this. The stories are well-written and easy to read. I know that a lot of Shakespeare's beautiful wording was cut out, so I'd still love to read the actual plays, but these were perfect introductions. Basically, if you want to find out who on earth Macbeth is but you aren't quite ready to delve into the play, look no further.Favorites:Much Ado About Nothing (benedick+beatrice)Othello (heartbreaking)Romeo and Juliet (of course)Hamlet (woah)

  • Kathie
    2019-03-22 02:11

    If you aren't familiar enough with Shakespeare to follow along without getting lost, or if you're taking your kids to see one of his plays, this book is invaluable. I began taking my three daughters to performances by a Shakespeare company that would visit our town each year when they were nine. Before we went, we'd read the version in the Charles and Mary Lamb book. The first play was Twelfth Night and I think they were laughing more than the adults because they understood the story, knew the characters, and got the jokes. Great little book.

  • rabbitprincess
    2019-03-18 04:32

    A very good way to introduce kids to the stories of Shakespeare. Apparently I found Comedy of Errors just as hilarious then as I do now, and I was very indignant with Regan and Goneril's treatment of their father Lear ("I would never do that to MY dad"). And anything that makes Hamlet accessible to a Grade 6 student is probably a good thing.Also am I crazy or does Shakespeare have an earring on the cover of the Puffin Classics edition?? I totally think he does and was utterly amused by that discovery.

  • David
    2019-03-23 03:25

    They took out many of the sub-plots. No standing up for bastards .... no rude mechanicals!It would be fun if the clothes-swapping thing happened more often in our real lives: - Stuart's been sacked! - Why?- His female boss dressed as a teenage male intern for a week and caught him taking it easy and bitching about her.- Ouch.Also:

  • Crystal
    2019-03-19 03:23

    Need to get to know some of the plays from Shakespeare that you haven't read or seen. This is the book. It is in the public domain so it is easy to read or listen too. I listened to a librivox version with Karen Savage as the narrator. It was great.

  • Renee M
    2019-03-15 02:34

    A charming retelling of several of the stories in Shakespeare"a plays. Told in the form of short stories. I would have adored this as a child.

  • John
    2019-02-26 02:31

    Wondefully concise versions of Shakespeares plays in the ultimate homage to the Bard.I have used this book so many times, to read the synopsis of a play before seeing it performed at Stratford.

  • Carol
    2019-03-20 05:30

    I read this in the context of reading all of Shakespeare in a year. Understandably, the Lambs' version pales in comparison. It was a good review of (and in a few cases, introduction to) the Bard's plays, twenty in all.The Lambs pared down the plot lines, bowdlerized the bawdy bits, but always slipped in some real Shakespeare to the story.

  • Rebecca Reid
    2019-03-07 03:24

    I recalled I’d read summaries of Shakespeare in eighth grade English class, so I determined to find the volume that we’d read. I discovered Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare, originally published in 1807, and I’m almost certain that was my eighth grade exposure. It was time to read the volume in full. While I’m glad I rediscovered this classic and it has a place still I'm sure, I’m hesitant to recommend it for children today.It’s not to say that there isn’t a place for play summaries for children. Obviously, reading summaries of the plays gave me a background for Shakespeare that I recall nearly two decades later. However, the summaries by the Lamb’s are difficult to get through. Most of the text is exposition rather than Shakespeare’s clever dialogue, and let’s face it, clever as they are, Shakespeare’s plots are quite confusing and detailed. For the plays with which I was not familiar, I found it hard to follow the developing stories. For the plays with which I am intimately familiar (Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew), it was rather disappointing to read a surface-level treatment of what I consider genius of plot and language. Besides, much as the authors intended to keep their summaries unbiased, they did give their opinions in subtle ways (such as Mary Lamb’s interpretation of the end of The Taming of the Shrew, a play I think is rather ironic rather than misogynistic).The Lambs recognized the limitations to their task, and they address the difficulty of adapting Shakespeare's plots for children. The introduction further explains that they intended the summaries to also be for “young ladies” who are not able to be schooled as their brothers may be. The Lambs suggest that boys simply read the original Shakespeare instead of these summaries.I wonder why, then, anyone who can read the original Shakespeare needs to read Lamb’s summary. As I mentioned, there is a place for it, I suppose, and I may even find myself using the Lambs’ summaries with my son in our homeschooling when the time comes for it. Summaries do provide cultural context for young readers.And yet, I can’t help but feel that we should try to find a way to expose our kids to the original whenever possible. Shakespeare’s writing, not just his plots, are what make his plays magnificent. The summaries by the Lambs are done as well as can be expected, but they are far less satisfying than the original plays.