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Book Reviews of A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Author: William Shakespeare, Paul Werstine, Barbara Mowat
ISBN-13: 9780671722791
ISBN-10: 0671722794
Publication Date: 3/1/1993
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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My daughter loves it. She says it's short and to the point, great characters and funny.
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This cheap little edition worked great for me as a poor college student!
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What can I say? It's Shakespeare.
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This is my favorite Shakespearean story. It is a wonderful comedy of mixed-up lovers, tricksy fairies and people being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Absolutely lovable characters and mirthful.
katcurtis avatar reviewed A Midsummer Night's Dream on + 121 more book reviews
A great play. One of my favorites from Shakespeare.
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Second favorite work by Shakespeare! I enjoyed reading this one in high school and always kept my copy. Exc. condition.
kera avatar reviewed A Midsummer Night's Dream on + 14 more book reviews
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, this book is nothing like the movie. And though i love watching a good move, in this case i rather the book than the movie.
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Hey, it's Shakespeare and it's a comedy. How can you go wrong? It's excellant.
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One of the most popular Shakespeare comedies, and one of my favorites. I recently bought a bigger collection of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, which is the only reason I am parting with this book!
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one of my favorite Shakespeare plays!
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One of Shakespeare's best.
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Talk about a soap opera. The on again off again loves of two pairs of Athenian youth and the upcoming marriage of the King keeps this rolling along. There are fairies and lots of other interesting characters. Keeps you laughing.
amoebastar avatar reviewed A Midsummer Night's Dream on + 43 more book reviews
An excellent work and a fantastic story.
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I read it in highschool and liked it a lot out of all of Shakespeare's plays.
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This was an odd one. I'm glad I've read it, but I doubt I'll read it again.
Defraggler avatar reviewed A Midsummer Night's Dream on + 13 more book reviews
An off beat play, even for the bard. One of the best.
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Always a classic. You can't go wrong with Shakespeare.
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From the Publisher
Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.
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My son needed a copy for school. I ordered an extra copy for his teacher's classroom set.
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This is a hardcover, illustrated edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with illustrations done by Kevin Maddison and an afterward by Beatrice Phillpotts. Here's what the book cover says about the illustrations and afterword.

...Kevin Maddison's superb watercolor paintings for this beautiful edition of Shakespeare's fantasy tale are lineal descendants of the classic illustrations of Arthur Rackham and other Shakespearean illustrators. Maddison reveals the miniature hidden places of the fairy kingdom, "where oxlips and the nodding violet grows; quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.' Within this very English 'wood near Athens,' besotted Titania, enchanted Bottom, and prankish Puck conduct fairy revelries, and Helena and Demetrius, Hermia and Lysander fall in and out of love. But Maddison captures, as the Victorian Rackham never did, the sensual energy of sixteenth century England, the pleasure-loving, light-hearted, and pagan spirit of the play itself. His ram-horned Oberon is the Celtic cousin of Pan, and the bumpkins, Quince, Snug, Snout and Starveling, the heirs of the half-human, hairy-skinned nature spirits of British folk tradition.

Beatrice Phillpotts, the expert on Victorian 'fairy painting' has written an afterword exploring the history of Shakespearean illustration and including examples of the works she discusses.
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