Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Series)

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No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Hamlet on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare ...
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Overview

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Hamlet on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781586638443
  • Publisher: SparkNotes
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: No Fear Shakespeare Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 18,248
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

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    I love the no fear version!

    If you love Shakespeare or have to read it you will appreciate the no-fear books. It helps you understand plot line and really get into the characters. It also has original text right next to it so you can teach yourself quite easily Shakespeare talk. It is not cliff notes and they do not offer any explanations if that is what your looking for. This is its best part because it still leaves you in charge of what you read and imagine and not what another scholar thinks of it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    Smarter, Better, Faster

    As a student, this book has allowed to me to better appreciate the beauty of Shakespeare's plays. The modern english translation allows me to better grasp the play, and it speeds up my reading time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2009

    It's not pocket-sized, but it's still handy!

    For my AP English class we're reading "Hamlet". My teacher recommended for anyone that can't understand Shakespeare or hates the guys should go out and get this.
    Simply putting it, "Hamlet", for the most part, is easy to understand. However, there are a few underlying points that I would not have been able to understand had it not been for the modern translation. The Shakespearean is always on the left and the modern translation is on the right making it easy to jump back and forth between versions. Had I not known what some of those few passages or phrases meant, I would have gotten a few (about one or two) questions on some quizzes on had on "Hamlet" wrong. So if you're looking to go through "Hamlet" with a fine-toothed comb, this might be a good purchase to reinforce the meaning of some of those Shakespearean passages.
    I must warn, however, you can accidentally get stuck reading the modern translation for pages without even realizes because, well, it's easy to understand. Whenever this happened I had to grudgingly go back and read the real version. I can see someone that if they truly despise Shakespeare that purchasing this book might be a bad idea. Anyone can read through the translated version, but when it come to answers questions on tests dealing with direct quotes from the text, you're in trouble. (My teacher even included a few answers from the translated version to trick us up!) So if you're too tempted to read the translated version instead of Shakespeare, maybe this isn't such a good idea. if not, then you have a convenient way of understanding "Hamlet".
    Plus, its a good story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    Improves grade

    This book is great if you are having a hard time understanding Hamlet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Very Easy, very fun

    It was very useful for my English class. The side-by-side text helps you really understand what is going on better. The whole series is great!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Boon to Substitute Teachers!

    ALL of the No Fear Shakespeare series is wonderful. For over twenty years, I taught English in high school and now I substitute teach. Although I have taught almost every single one of the plays at one time or another, I certainly don't have them memorized! Thanks to these books, I can be prepared very quickly to work in the classroom with kids who are reading one of Shakespeare's plays; the No Fear versions are invaluable to me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    i never knew shakespeare could be so easy

    Of all the plays that I have read this was the easiest to read because of no fear shakespeare. It is so easy to comprehend and analyze. While my class is reading the play in original text, I like to read it in modern text. By doing that I don't get left behind on what is going on and I am able to answer questions because I understand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2005

    Well done and easy to understand

    In the classic versions I always found it hard to get past a lot of the archaic English Shapespere used. This enhanced my understanding of Hamlet more than reading the original or even watching the play or the various movie interpretations. It really helped me to understand what Shakespere was really saying like nothing else that has ever come before. Now I know what's going on, which is great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Hamlet for Everyone

    Hamlet is the best of the No Fear series and the series does exactly what it touts. But also, other reviewers haven't mentioned that if you read the original and use the modern for needed explanations and review the lines to see how it makes sense you will understand Shakespeare's style and eventually be able to read without the translations (at least more of the text without restorting to it).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    It's like Hamlet for dummies

    I love this book, it is def. a life saver, i really did not understand the real one so i went and bought this one and i really truly understood this book and made an A on my paper and essay on my test. I am very sure an A on notations as well!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    The fog has lifted!

    My honors english teacher suggested this book and she said that it would help a lot to read the translated text in conjunction with the Shakespearean language. She was right! All that confusion over shakespeare is gone.!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    Why didn't they think of this before?

    No-Fear Shakespeare is the best thing to ever happen to me. I'm a procrastinator when I have to read stuff for English, so I end up reading a lot late at night. It's difficult to comprehend the original Shakespeare text when your brain is wanting to shut off. So, I simply read the plain English text and everything goes a lot smoother.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

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    great find

    I have never liked Shakespeare. I have never understood it. It has been like reading Greek or Mandarin. But my son is in an acting ensemble this summer, playing the role of Hamlet, so I figured it was time to understand the play. No Fear Shakespeare is an apt title. I have been reading a page in the original language and then the facing page in modern translation. I am now not only understanding what I am reading but also able to appreciate the beauty of the original prose. This was a great find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Horrible

    Did not tell me it want compatible with my android. Wasted $5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Not compatible

    Nowhere does it say that this in incompatible with a Nook simple touch so I just wasted $5. I cannot read this book that i just bought.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    Hamlet is a great well written play by William Shakespeare. Some

    Hamlet is a great well written play by William Shakespeare. Some readers might not want to read it because they know they might have trouble understanding, but Hamlet is the easier play. It took twice to read the play to actually get into it and understand certain scenes, but at the end i wasn't disappointed. So i suggest this one the most if you are trying to get into literature. Good luck!

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    To BUY or not to BUY!

    The left-hand side of the book is the Shakespeare version and the right-hand side is the English translation with some (very little) commentary. This translation along with the Spark Notes: Guide to Hamlet will give you the tools to succeed in understanding the brilliance of this wonderful and timeless play. Buy, Buy, Buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2009

    i<3nofearshakespeare

    Hamlet is my soulmate.<BR/>no fear shakespeare is the best.<BR/><3

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