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Twelfth Night Kindle Edition
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"It is impossible here," an Indian character tells his friend, Dr. Aziz, early in the novel.
"They come out intending to be gentlemen, and are told it will not do.... Why, I remember when Turton came out first. It was in another part of the Province. You fellows will not believe me, but I have driven with Turton in his carriage--Turton! Oh yes, we were once quite intimate. He has shown me his stamp collection.Written while England was still firmly in control of India, Forster's novel follows the fortunes of three English newcomers to India--Miss Adela Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Cyril Fielding--and the Indian, Dr. Aziz, with whom they cross destinies. The idea of true friendship between the races was a radical one in Forster's time, and he makes it abundantly clear that it was not one that either side welcomed. If Aziz's friend, Hamidullah, believed it impossible, the British representatives of the Raj were equally discouraging.
"He would expect you to steal it now. Turton! But red-nosed boy will be far worse than Turton!
"I do not think so. They all become exactly the same, not worse, not better. I give any Englishman two years, be he Turton or Burton. It is only the difference of a letter. And I give any Englishwoman six months. All are exactly alike."
"Why, the kindest thing one can do to a native is to let him die," said Mrs. Callendar.Despite their countrymen's disapproval, Miss Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Mr. Fielding are all eager to meet Indians, and in Dr. Aziz they find a perfect companion: educated, westernized, and open-minded. Slowly, the friendships ripen, especially between Aziz and Fielding. Having created the possibility of esteem based on trust and mutual affection, Forster then subjects it to the crucible of racial hatred: during a visit to the famed Marabar caves, Miss Quested accuses Dr. Aziz of sexually assaulting her, then later recants during the frenzied trial that follows. Under such circumstances, affection proves to be a very fragile commodity indeed.
"How if he went to heaven?" asked Mrs. Moore, with a gentle but crooked smile.
"He can go where he likes as long as he doesn't come near me. They give me the creeps."
Arguably Forster's greatest novel, A Passage to India limns a troubling portrait of colonialism at its worst, and is remarkable for the complexity of its characters. Here the personal becomes the political and in the breach between Aziz and his English "friends," Forster foreshadows the eventual end of the Raj. --Alix Wilber--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004TPTLI4
- Publication date : March 24, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 151 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Print length : 176 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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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.