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“A remarkable edition, one that makes Shakespeare’s extraordinary accomplishment more vivid than ever.”—James Shapiro, professor, Columbia University, bestselling author of A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599
 
“A feast of literary and historical information.”—The Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Designed for school districts, educators, and students seeking to maximize performance on standardized tests, Webster’s paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of Pericles by William Shakespeare was edited for students who are actively building their vocabularies in anticipation of taking PSAT®, SAT®, AP® (Advanced Placement®), GRE®, LSAT®, GMAT® or similar examinations.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: ICON Group International, Inc.; annotated edition edition (February 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0497900459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0497900458
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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By James Yanni on July 15, 2016
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This would certainly rate five stars in general; when simply comparing it to other Shakespeare, it rates four. It doesn't have any really memorable lines, like his best works do, and the plot has no fewer holes in it than is his wont, but for all of that it's a good story -- better than many of his stories -- and the language is beautiful as always.
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I'd never heard of this before, but now it's actually one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. It has it all--action, adventure, love, smart women who get out of sticky situations all by themselves using their talents, a happy ending and it moves along really quickly. Even if you don't usually enjoy Shakespeare, pick this one up!
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This play was popular, but in my opinion, it has a lot of flaws that you will find with reading carefully. Pericles is a romantic and not a rationalist. He is seeking to win the daughter of a wicked king even though he is gambling with his life. (If he misses the riddle, he dies.) The daughter is a product of incest, and Pericles is horrified when he guesses the riddle, but it does seem strange that the wicked king would even hint at this in the slightest. The wicked king now wants to kill Pericles. (Kind of a strange start)

Pericles flees, and we meet the eccentric Helicanus who is loyal to Pericles. It does seem strange that Pericles feels he isn't safe in his own kingdom against the wicked king. (This too seems strange.) But moving on, Pericles goes to Tharsus, where they are suffering a famine. Pericles offers them relief to which Cleon and his wife are grateful. Pericles makes hiw way to Pentapolis, falls in love with a woman named Thaisa, and wins the right to marry her.

All seems well. Pericles hears that the wicked king is dead and that he can go home. Well, on the sea voyage home, his wife Thaisa gets ill, and she appears dead. (Apparently no one felt for a heartbeat or listened for her breath.) But because of superstition, they throw her in the sea. Though Thaisa gives birth to a daughter (Mariana) before this happens. Well, Thaisa floats to Ephesus and Thaisa is taken into the temple of Diana where she will be safe. (And probably remain unknown to man unless she runs across her husband again.)

Moving on Pericles leaves his daughter with his friend Cleon at Tharsus. Though, Cleon's wife is jealous and wants Mariana dead. (Kind of ungrateful after Pericles saved them from a famine.
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