Timon of Athens Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1533 KB
- Publication Date : September 16, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 141 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08JCKKGPH
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Not Enabled
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I gave "Timon of Athens" a 3 star rating compared to other Shakespeare, not to literature as a whole. The Bard is in a class of his own.
Essentially the plot is that Timon is lavish and generous with his wealth, and when he loses it he finds out that he is surrounded by false friends and he descends into pure loathing for humanity and never recovers from those feelings.
There really are some excellent moments in this piece, and at times, I found the writing to be stellar. Timon gives a speech in Act 1:2 about friendship that is simply beautiful. The dramatic irony for the reader that he is saying this about people who will never exemplify the virtues of friendship gives it even more power. Act 4:2 contains a touching scene of loyalty and kindness. Flavius (Timon’s steward) is such a decent fellow (again this contrast made even more apparent by false friends) and when the play bogs down in nihilism moments like these will keep you from becoming too depressed. This text also boats the character of Apemantus, one of the funniest cynical philosophers that Shakespeare ever created. A fun character to see a talented actor play.
Then we get to Act 4:3, one of the most resentful in all of Shakespeare, and a long scene to boot. Timon (now broke and friendless) rages at the world and its inhabitants. The scene begins and ends in deep bitterness. Timon’s hatred for humanity will depress the reader a little. The scene also contains a long exchange of insults between Timon and Apemantus that would be fun to watch/listen too, but overall it does not lift the mood of the scene.
“Timon of Athens” is a good play up until the end of Act 4:3, but after that, it stumbles. Act 5 is confusing, boring, dominated by less than secondary characters and one of the most unsatisfying conclusions in all of Shakespeare.
Lovers of Shakespeare should know this piece. Some may like it, as I do. But I can understand why you wouldn’t’.
As for the Pelican Shakespeare series, they are my favorite editions since the scholarly research is usually top notch and the editions themselves look good as an aesthetic unit. It looks and feels like a play and this compliments the text's contents admirably. The Pelican series was recently reedited and has the latest scholarship on Shakespeare and his time period. Well priced and well worth it.
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Thanks for producing this play on Kindle!