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The Winter's Tale (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare)

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Item description for The Winter's Tale (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare, Sir John Gielgud, Ciaran Hinds, Eileen Atkins & Arkangel Cast...

King Leontes develops a paranoid delusion that another man has fathered his infant daughter. The child is taken to the wilderness and left to die. Leontes's cruelty has terrible consequences, but eventually life and hope are born out of desolation and despair. Performed by Sir John Gielgud, Ciaran Hinds, Eileen Atkins, and the Arkangel cast.

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 6"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jan 9, 2006
Publisher   BBC Audiobooks America
ISBN  1932219390  
ISBN13  9781932219395  

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More About William Shakespeare, Sir John Gielgud, Ciaran Hinds, Eileen Atkins & Arkangel Cast

William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon." His extant works include some collaboration, consisting of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

William Shakespeare lived in Stratford-Upon-The Avon. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616.

William Shakespeare has published or released items in the following series...
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Two romances - one joyful and one tragic  Sep 7, 2008
"A Winter's Tale" is two romances in a single play. The tragic but open romance of Leontes and Hermione, and the ultimately joyful but initially clandestine romance of Florizel and Perdita. The tale spans more than a decade and can serve as a cautionary tale about mistrust and jealousy.

My favorite character was Autolycos. Rogue, thief, impersonator of nobility, but the linkage that pulled some of the threads together in the end.

This one feels long, even by Shakespearian standards. On the other hand it was easier to follow than other Shakespeare plays. A great story with the capacity to present well on stage or screen. I'm just sorry folks don't hear about this one more.

E.M. Van Court
A fantastic resource  Oct 23, 2007
I'm from England and I'm studying this play for A level (as a mature student - normally taken when aged 17) but although the UK is the home of 'The Bard' this item is not available in the UK! I'm very impressed with this who delivered it quickly and cheaply!

The CD itself is great. It really helps to hear the play, as the intonation is correct, which is sometimes difficult to do when reading it yourself.

The actors' voices are clear and suit their parts perfectly. I'd definitely recommend it - and I will look out for more titles in this series when I've finished studying this one!
A gentle and melancholy play  May 25, 2007
Although this play is not one of Shakespeare's better known plays, it is one of his very best. It is a tragicomedy suffused by gentle melancholy. Unreasonable and cruel jealousy are also portrayed. We also have two endearing young lovers to liven up the story. These characters are very well-drawn, and the story is quite beautiful.
A tale to pass the winter snow.  Jan 12, 2007
I have always favoured the Oxford Shakespeare series over others (Folger, etc), and the Winter's Tale is no exception. It's translation notes and lexigraphical assistance makes reading a joy and brings out the true heart and soul of one of Shakespeare's commonly overlooked tragi-comedies.
About par for Shakespeare.  May 7, 2006
As usual in Shakespearean plays, the language here is very prettily written. As usual in Shakespearean comedies, there are plot holes that one could easily drive a tank squadron through. But since this is not just a comedy, but a tragicomedy, in which the first part is a tragedy and the second a comedy, not everything comes out well in the end: some worthy characters die. Also, as is usual for Shakespeare, we have a morality play on the evils of jealousy and closed-mindedness. Really, though, other than the pretty Shakespearean turns of phrase, there isn't much to recommend this book.

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