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Fantastic story, and excellent for new reader of Hamlet
on March 9, 2005
The book has an interesting layout, with definitions of words on the left, with the text of the story on the right. The book layout is the best layout I've seen of any Shakespeare book, and the size is right (you can take it with you!).
The story is legend - even speaking literally - apparently the story of Hamlet hearkens back to even older legends that predate Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Shakespeare is so quotable, and Hamlet is no different - you often find yourself saying "Oh, that's where that comes from!" and its like finding an old friend in a new story. "To be or not to be, that is the question" is one; so is "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" and so is "To thine own self be true". The book even comes with an appendix listing commonly quoted portions of the story and their source.
However, my favorite quote (but not well-known) from the play comes from Hamlet himself, and sums the character up well:
"O, from this time forth,
My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
Get this book, and have a good read! Then get more Shakespeare from the same series: you won't be sorry.