Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Book - 2003
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Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.

Blackwell North Amer

Read Shakespeare’s plays in all their brilliance—and understand what every word means!
Don’t be intimidated by Shakespeare! These popular guides make the Bard’s plays accessible and enjoyable.

Each No Fear guide contains:

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts the words into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters, with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary

    Publisher: New York : Spark Pub., ©2003
    ISBN: 9781586638450
    Branch Call Number: 822.33 Sh15, R66Nfe
    Characteristics: xii, 287 pages ; 19 cm
    Additional Contributors: Crowther, John (John C.)


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    Oct 06, 2018

    I’d never thought I’d enjoy this book/play, let alone read it. After being forced to read it in English class, I found myself surprised on how much I loved Shakespeare’s writing. I never found myself enjoying Shakespearean writing as I found it quite hard to understand. That changed after reading Romeo and Juliet. The writing is passionate, lyrical and humorous. It is amazing that you can find all these in a tragedy; only a great master can accomplish that feat. The story is both romantic and tragic, as we well know. But what is incredible is that the play is a “beautiful” tragedy. This is one of the most outstanding plays that I have read. I don’t recommend this book to anyone who is still in Elementary school as the writing is difficult to understand and there are some suggestive lines. For students in High School, give the play a chance. It is amazing when you truly understand what is happening. Rating – 5/5.
    @Average_Bookworm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

    Feb 11, 2018

    Excellent play by Shakespeare.

    Feb 10, 2018

    This was interesting but kind of… um… sexual at some parts. I though the romance was sweet, though, and the story was entertaining.

    Jul 05, 2017

    This is a story about two lovers named Romeo and Juliet who wanted to get married and leave their families because the two families had a feud which continuously kept interrupting their love life. When they tried to do this, there were a lot of challenges which they both had to go through to try and fulfill their dream. Unfortunately, many people died in the process and things got out of hand. The matter was not fully resolved and there was no real happy ending. Overall, peace was restored among the two families but there were many sacrifices which had to go along with the peace which is up to you guys to decide whether or not it was a happy ending.

    Nov 13, 2016

    I find reading the No Fear Shakespeare really helps you understand the play better because its written in modern text on one side and the original on the other. Therefore you get the full Shakespeare experience but you can also fully understand the play.
    Having both the original and the translated helps because you can read the original and then if you're having trouble with the words, or the way it's written you can read the other translated side and get a deeper understanding for the play since it's written in a way that you can comprehend. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
    - Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

    Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearean play about the tragic and romantic lives of two star crossed lovers whose love proves to be eternal. Although the original writing by Shakespeare is exceptionally beautiful, it can be extremely difficult to understand sometimes. The No Fear Shakespeare books eliminate this problem by including a more modern version right next to the original, which is super helpful. I think that it’s really important for all teenagers to read Shakespeare’s plays at least once! My teacher didn’t teach or assign us this play like you’re supposed to in high school but I decided to read it anyway, and I don’t regret it one bit! I would rate this 4/5 stars.
    - @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

    Oct 25, 2016

    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the romantic and disastrous story of two young people, Romeo and Juliet, who love each other dearly. However, there is a war between the Capulet and Montague families and unfortunately for the lovers, Romeo belongs to the Montague family while Juliet belongs to the Capulet family. This obstacle is something that both characters had to overcome in order to pursue their relationship. In my opinion, Shakespeare did a really good job in developing all the characters and the romance between Romeo and Juliet. The development of these elements made this book very entertaining to read and is another one of Shakespeare's popular books. I would highly recommend this to teenagers! Rating: 4/5
    - @booksandgames9 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

    Romeo and Juliet is a memorable play about two young lovers from Verona who face obstacles in their course of love due to a feud between their families. It contains a variety of characters whose personalities range from bawdy to innocent; peaceful to hot-headed; and caring to cold. Furthermore, the play is a collection of themes and conflicts revolving around fate, violence, and true love, all of which hold their significance in today’s society. The most admirable element of the play are the poetic dialogues which are filled imagery, oxymora, and puns. Although the play features a great amount of violence and hostility, it makes sure to provide comedic relief through the speech or actions of some characters. Romeo and Juliet is rightfully known for its soliloquies and fast-paced action; it does an excellent job of purging the reader’s emotions. In spite of being written centuries ago, this tale will forever remain relevant because of the messages it conveys. An eternally beautiful and entertaining piece of work. 5/5 Stars
    - @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

    Two feuding families - The Montagues and the Capulets - each have kids, who against all odds fall in love. Together they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together, because they would do anything to be together - even die for one another.
    Everyone knows of the classic that is Romeo and Juliet and their star crossed love. I had to read this novel for my grade 11 English class and I thought I wasn't going to like it because it was romance; but after reading it I actually really liked it because there was so much more to it then their love story.
    - @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

    With all of his works, I never seem to be not baffled by the true wonders of English. The language, imagery, details, and characters all spin together so beautifully to create masterpieces of our watered-down language today. Romeo and Juliet is a classic of all times, with its conclusion stated in the beginning, only to sink the audience into despair with its colourful arch. The poetry is simply amazing, and one can tell with sonnets that this wasn't just any play back in the earlier times of England and theatre. I do believe, however, that I would have enjoyed this more if it wasn't a "must-read" for school.
    - @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

    Jul 01, 2016

    Romeo and Juliet lost their lives because they had blind love between them. Both of them commuted a suicide.

    Jun 01, 2016

    I've taught this novel 12 times and it never gets old -- there's always something new that's interesting about the motivations, characterizations, or language to point out. For example: Romeo is forever ruled by his passions and emotions but never displays Actual True Love. Juliet proposes to him (!!), arranges nearly 90% of the details! and Romeo still f***s everything up (though I don't use such language in the classroom...). Look at Juliet's long speech before she takes the potion: she lists off 14-18 separate things/situations she's afraid of (depending on how you split them up) and her last statement is Romeo! I drink to thee! As she quaffs it. Between the two title characters, who shows more masculinity, assertiveness, and integrity? I maintain the title should have always been Juliet and Romeo. :)

    May 07, 2016

    A story where true love is stronger than the words of hate.

    Sep 27, 2015

    Romeo and Juliet are young lovers separated by the ancient and enduring hatred between their families.

    I didn't realize Romeo and Juliet had a history going back some fifty years prior to Shakespeare's play, first in a 1530 narrative and then in a 1554 novella, both published in Italy. The latter was translated and adapted into French in 1559. The French adaption was translated into English in 1567. That formed the basis for the long narrative poem by Arthur Brooke, The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet, published in 1562, Shakespeare's primary source for his play.

    More than any other Shakespeare play I have read, Romeo and Juliet is replete with plays on words, malapropisms, innuendos, and double-entendres, many of which are spoken by Mercutio.

    The Pelican edition notes of this play and others I have read, I think, are intrusive and not very useful. In contrast, I find that the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the Shakespeare plays are useful and avoid being too intrusive.

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    May 15, 2018

    O, teach me how I should forget to think!
    - Romeo, Act 1 Scene 1 Page 11

    May 15, 2018

    Madam, an hour before the worshipped sun
    Peered forth the golden window of the east,
    A troubled mind drove me to walk abroad,
    Where, underneath the grove of sycamore
    That westward rooteth from this city side,
    So early walking did I see your son.
    Towards him I made, but he was 'ware of me
    And stole into the covert of the wood.
    I, measuring his affections by my own,
    Which then most sought where most might not be found,
    Being one too many by my weary self,
    Pursued my humor not pursuing his,
    And gladly shunned who gladly fled from me.
    - Benvolio, Act 1 Scene 1 Page 7

    Jul 14, 2014

    " JULIET
    Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo. Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and i'll no longer be a capulet".

    Jul 24, 2012

    "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, and the continuance of their parents' rage, which, but their children's end, nought could remove, is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; the which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend."

    cindy112judy9915 Jun 12, 2012

    O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?


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    olive_bird_01 Jun 13, 2015

    Falling in love

    Jul 24, 2012

    Romeo and Juliet love each other. Their parents are rival families. They can't be together, but fight to stay together anyways.

    cindy112judy9915 Jun 12, 2012

    i also read the translations of the book. in the beginning it already tells us tat romeo and Juliet commit suicide in the end of the story and i have not yet finished the book. romeo meet Juliet at a mask party but they weren't wearing mask's and they made out on the first day they meet. romeo would sneak out at night to Juliet's balcony and they would talk till the sun rises. the continuing u would have to read yourself, tragedy comes when romeo gets abandon and had to leave and Juliet had to fake his death by drinking a vial but she thinks tat there's poison inside and it would kill him.

    SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

    Mara Valentine is in control. She's a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents' pride and joy. She's neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kick his salutatorian butt on her way out the door to Yale. Mara has her remaining months in Brockport all planned out, but the plan does not include having V, her slutty, pot-smoking, sixteen-year-old niece -- yes, niece -- come to live with her family. Nor does it involve lusting after her boss or dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches every night. What does a control freak like Mara do when things start spinning wildly out of control? With insight, authenticity, and a healthy dose of humor, Carolyn Mackler creates an evolving Type A heroine that every reader will recognize -- and root for. From the author of the award-winning The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things comes the racy story of an overachiever who learns to get over it -- and get a life.


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    Feb 10, 2018

    Sexual Content: Talk about sex, genitals, kissing, etc. Some seriously bad sexual jokes. Kissing. Feelings of infatuation.

    Jul 24, 2012

    Violence: Stabbings that result in death; poison is used; suicide.

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