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A Midsummer Night's Dream (No Fear Shakespeare) Paperback – July 3, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1586638481 ISBN-10: 1586638483

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SparkNotes (July 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586638483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586638481
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By far, my 5th graders favorite book we read this year.
Meredith Binnie
This is great for educational/teaching use and for translating the meanings for those that have difficultly understanding Shakespeare.
Marta Hazekamp
The translation is really good and it's cool they give you the comparable and the modern version.
Shani

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mel G. on October 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is great. It does a great job of breaking down the text of "Midsummer" and telling what it really means. On one page is the actual text of the play; On the direct opposite page is the translation. The only translation I've found so far that is way out there is the translation of "Tary rash wanton...." The translation is "Wait a minute, you brazen hussy...." Now, HOW is that an understandable translation?? This is the only thing that puts a damper on a perfect score. While I was in a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," our director frequently had us refer to the book to figure out what in the world we were saying. I highly reccommend buying this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2008
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The No Fear series allows quick understanding! I was going back and forth between reading the original first, and reading the modern first. Either way I read it, it made it easier to understand, faster to read, and very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fyler on December 22, 2012
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I bought this book for my son for his eight grade drama class. he liked because not only could he memorize his lines, there was also an explanation in present day English in the book of what each line meant. This an excellent tool for teaching and enhancing the enjoyment of Shakespeare
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
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Never say Shakespeare didn't have a sense of humor. He even made fun of himself.

This book, this play, is a comedy, a parody on his tragedy "Romeo and Juliet." This is laugh-out-loud funny at times.

No Fear Shakespeare is the best way to read the Bard, and this book is no exception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MVF on March 10, 2009
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I ordered 3 copies of this book. I received my shipment faster than expected. No complaints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BzyMoogie on November 16, 2007
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My teen joined a drama class two months ago, and the class is performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream". This is the book needed for this particular class, and it did help clear up some possible questions in the script. However, I did find that some things were over-translated; for example, in one scene, there is a mention made about false beards being the color of French crowns(either royalty, heads, or both), and a joke is made that some French crowns have no hair, but it is left at that. But the Plain English translation goes into a little *too* much detail, and mentions that it is because of syphilis. While this might be implied by the original statement, it does not actually mention this nowhere in the original play, and could confuse students; not to mention that the translation's statement could be a bit inappropriate. I still suggest that you learn the vocabulary, and study Shakespeare's language, but this is a good aid if you get stuck, and can help an actor or actress truly understand their characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Independent Lady on November 20, 2007
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I discovered the No Fear Shakespeare series at Barnes and Noble two years ago. I have gradually purchased copies of different plays. I bought A Midsummer Night's Dream from Amazon in order to reach my $25 purchase to qualify for free shippng and handling.

I am well able to read Shakespeare's original English thanks to great literature teachers in high school, but it is lovely having modern English side by side. I think that high schools should be able to carry the No Fear Shakespeare series for English and Literature classes as this would help students who have not been exposed to classical literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By florarose on December 25, 2012
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perfect for brush-up Shakespeare. Attractive, easy-to-read /design with original and modern versions side by side. I would buy "No FearShakespeare" for any play I want to read or re-read.
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