Twelfth Night: Arkangel Shakespeare Audible Audiobook – Original recording
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Shakespeare's most sophisticated comedy is a riotous tale of hopelessly unrequited passions and mistaken identity. Duke Orsino is in love with the noblewoman Olivia. She, however, has fallen for his servant Cesario, who is actually Viola, a woman disguised as a man, who loves Orsino: Confusion is rife. Meanwhile, Olivia's arrogant steward Malvolio is cruelly tricked by her uncle Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and the maidservant Maria into believing his mistress loves him.
Niamh Cusack is Viola, Jonathan Firth is Orsino, Amanda Root plays Olivia, Dinsdale Landen plays Sir Toby Belch, and Julian Glover is Malvolio.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 11 minutes|
|Narrator||Niamh Cusack, Jonathan Firth, Amanda Root, Dinsdale Landen, Julian Glover|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 09, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #15,743 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Ancient, Classical & Medieval Drama
#11 in Shakespeare Plays
#14 in Ancient & Classical Dramas & Plays
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It is Shakespeare so of course there is ingenious wordplay, witticisms, etc. The character of the fool is particularly well drawn in Twelfth Night. He seems cleverer by half than the assorted aristocracy.
However, most of the modern focus in Twelfth Night is because one of its main female protagonists disguises herself as a man, falls in love with a man and has a woman, who falls for the disguise, fall in love with her. This is all supposed to be very germane to modern gender studies/issues.
I am not convinced Shakespeare really says much of relevance to contemporary cultural concerns but I am not an expert. These just don’t seem to me, as they do to other commentators, central to the play.
What I found is another masterpiece of Shakespearean comedy. One can almost be forgetful of how lucky we are that Shakespeare wrote so many even if they do seem to revolve around similar plot conceits. Highly recommended (although it hardly needs another recommendation).
Duke Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia who is in no mood whatsoever to love any man at this point, since she has recently lost her only brother and trusted sibling she is in adamantly in mourning! Nevertheless, Viola dressed as a boy is bound to plead Orsino's case before the Lady Olivia, who ultimately falls for Viola thinking she is a young man called Cesario. Well anyway the waste products are about to hit the fan since Viola's twin brother is not drowned and comes looking for his beloved sister Viola! What I want to know is who's gonna marry who!! Will this be a LGBT play fest! I trow not for in Shakespeare's comedies 'All's Well That Ends Well!"
I don’t love this particular edition. I find putting all the notes on left-hand pages and the text of the play itself on the right-hand pages visually disruptive. Including pictures that don’t add much to my understanding is also very disruptive. This is an affordable edition, and I wouldn’t say it’s bad, but I think I would’ve enjoyed reading Twelfth Night in an edition that simply used footnotes and didn’t include the images.
*Do not* buy this Kindle version if you're looking to get this book for a college course!!!
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She loves the style and layout of this particular publisher.
Having tried various other publications she found them to be a little confusing and disorganised due to the layout and lack of spacing.
This version allows her space to write her own notes plus there is a clear visual definition between each speaking character, making it much easier and clearer to pick out specific parts.
In her opinion this is a fantastic must have for English Literature at A Level.
The enchanting story of Viola dressed as the page Cesario, with whom both Orsino and Orsino's erstwhile object of desire fall in love, is filled with rapturous poetry that articulates love, desire and romantic melancholy. But these central relationships are modulated by Malvolio's desire for his mistress Olivia, the bawdy comedy of Sir Toby Belch, and Antonio's unrequited desire for Viola's twin, Sebastian.
Ultimately social harmony is restored - but the portrait of Malvolio gives us an insight, perhaps, into how characters such as Edmund in King Lear, and Iago are created.
So a sunny, feel-good romantic comedy, but shaded lightly by a darker tinge.
A week later we saw the play in Stratford and he had no problem following the story, he even new the different characters.