Timon of Athens

E Books Timon of Athens Of all his plays this is probably the most maligned it being perhaps a collaboration with Middleton but any way you look at it it is a striking piece The simple plot gives

E-Books Timon of Athens Of all his plays, this is probably the most maligned, it being perhaps a collaboration with Middleton, but any way you look at it, it is a striking piece.The simple plot gives way to wild passions and simple fortunes and some of the broadest brush strokes I've ever seen. It's also as stark as death.From great fortune and flatterers surrounding him, Timon is the absolute Good Man who gives away all his fortune to hear the praise of assholes. When he loses it all and asks for help from all his so called friends, they spit in his eye. He goes mad, hating all mankind and goes to live as the basest beggar, wildly exhorting all comers to do evil upon everyone else, to break and spite and die.Finding fortune under his feet, even as he's digging tubers to eat, serves him nothing at all. He hates, and gives away his wealth to old friends who happened upon him, to whores, thieves, and lickspittles, all to just get rid of them. The bile from Timon's mouth is pretty awesome. The man has gone from pure goodness to pure rageful spite overnight, and one thing that most readers or viewers of this play might discover is that there is no third act. Its message is as plain and stark as day, even if some of the secondary characters make interesting counterpoints, such as in not wanting so as to not to welcome either happiness or grief, or the last note in the music, where compromise and peace has got to be a better note to go out on than Timon's.For when he dies, he dies hating all humanity, and there is no quarter, no justice, and only abject nihilism. Of course people aren't going to like this play. :)BUT.If you're of a certain twisted temperament and like a twisted tale that defies expectations, such as an esoteric bad horror fan or a devotee of Samuel Beckett, then you might just discover that this little jewel might fit in your dark-hearted crown, or at least in a shit-stain'd seat of honor.'Tis dark. Very dark. Expect no light or quarter. :). Timon of Athens go inside Books The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeares work Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeares plays.This edition of Timon of Athens provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introThe Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeares work Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeares plays.This edition of Timon of Athens provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.. William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 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 or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.. Popular Kindle Timon of Athens This time I liked Timon less than the two other times I have read it. Much of it is probably not even by Shakespeare. and--although Middleton does his professional best to keep the first few acts chugging along--most of it lacks the spark of genius. There are moments in Timon's rants that are characteristically Shakespearean, memorable not only for their poetic intensity but also for the savagery of their vitriol, but they are not enough to save this cynical pageant (no, it is nothing close to a tragedy!) of a man of extremes who passes from gullibility to misanthrope without any discernible struggle or anagnorisis. Sure, it sounds a little like Lear . . . but Lear--trust me!--it ain't.

  1. William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 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 or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

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  1. This time I liked Timon less than the two other times I have read it Much of it is probably not even by Shakespeare and although Middleton does his professional best to keep the first few acts chugging along most of it lacks the spark of genius There are moments in Timon s rants that are characteristically Shakespearean, memorable not only for their poetic intensity but also for the savagery of their vitriol, but they are not enough to save this cynical pageant no, it is nothing close to a trage [...]


  2. Of all his plays, this is probably the most maligned, it being perhaps a collaboration with Middleton, but any way you look at it, it is a striking piece.The simple plot gives way to wild passions and simple fortunes and some of the broadest brush strokes I ve ever seen It s also as stark as death.From great fortune and flatterers surrounding him, Timon is the absolute Good Man who gives away all his fortune to hear the praise of assholes When he loses it all and asks for help from all his so ca [...]


  3. Here lies a wretched corse, of wretched soul bereft Seek not my name a plague consume you wicked caitiffs left Here lie I, Timon who, alive, all living men did hate Pass by and curse thy fill, but pass and stay not here thy gait William Shakespeare, Timon of AthensA pretty straightforward problem play Rich man gives away all his money and misjudges friends Becomes a misanthrope Finds a fortune and tries to destroy Athens Some good, even great lines, but judged against Shakespeare s best or hell, [...]


  4. Wow Okay, that was just awful Gives King Edward IIIserious competition in the race to the bottom It s like someone said to Shakespeare, Bet you can t make a unlikeable protagonist than Titus Andronicus, and Shakespeare said, Oh yeah Timon has the good luck to be born to wealth and position in Athens, and manages to blow through absolutely all of his money by endlessly playing the Lord Bountiful, ignoring the protests of his sensible steward, glorying in the flattery and sycophantic sucking up [...]


  5. I really read this here review showAllegedly Shakespeare s least popular play, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton who wrote at least the whole of Act 3 Timon is astonishingly one dimensional both as a play and a character who falling from power through naive and extreme generosity, turns into an extreme exemplar of misanthropy when he finds his friends faithless It s like Lear raging against his fate but for two actse passion and vitriol is magnificently expounded but it does pall af [...]


  6. Even in William Shakespeare s minor plays can the reader descry a certain magnificence, accompanied by a glory of language that no writer today can match The Arden edition I read was almost as insistent in its footnotes as one of the Variorum editions of the Bard, but past the first scenes, the main text carried me along and I did not have to refer to the copious footnotes unless I ran into too strange a usage.Timon of Athens Arden Shakespeare is a rather simple story which can be summarized in [...]


  7. I am sick of this false world Timon of Athens is clearly a lesser work of Shakespeare s, but it is not the horrid play that some say it is I gave Timon of Athens a 3 star rating compared to other Shakespeare, not to literature as a whole The Bard is in a class of his own.Essentially the plot is that Timon is lavish and generous with his wealth, and when he loses it he finds out that he is surrounded by false friends and he descends into pure loathing for humanity and never recovers from those fe [...]


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  9. Timon of Athens seems not to have been staged during Shakespeare s lifetime Some have claimed that it was never completed, and others have viewed it as the collaborative effort of Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton It has sometimes been viewed as a weak play with cardboard characters, but it is probably increasingly relevant to our own day, our own culture It is the story of philanthropy and misanthropy, of patronage and ingratitude, of wealth and poverty.The plot is easily told Timon is a rich ma [...]


  10. This is the story of Timon, a wealthy landowner in Athens, who gives away all his wealth to his friends, throwing parties, and supporting artists and politicians When debt collectors begin to harass him, Timon applies to his friends for help, but they make up excuses and no one will loan him the money he needs He becomes a misanthrope, and forsakes his life, his city, and his so called friends, for a destitute life in the wilderness.What a cheerful play Everyone happy and cheerful and kind Ha ha [...]


  11. So unpleasant is Timon of Athens that it is hard to read So obscure, that only serious students of Shakespeare take it up So thick with monologues and soliloquies, that the memorization requisite to stage this play is staggering.Timon is a noble Athenian, who throws extravagant parties and gives indiscriminately We all know one who thrives on large gestures, who bolster their self esteem by picking up the tab Timon is all the rage.Flavius, Timon s steward, heroically tries to staunch the flow wh [...]


  12. Seguro que sta no es una de las mejores obras de Shakespeare Casi parece hecha de forma algo chapucera, porque hay varias incoherencias y algunas l neas argumentales que no se cierran o ni siquiera se explican Pero a n as es una obra maja que nos cuenta que cuando las cosas nos van bien tenemos muchos amigos, pero que es cuando las cosas nos van mal que descubrimos qui n son nuestros verdaderos amigos En cierto modo es casi como un cuento moral, pero sin moralismo Tim n es un ricach n que no es [...]


  13. The Folly of Buying Popularity17 February 2010 I don t think I have ever seen this play performed well, I wouldn t have because being in Adelaide one tends to know what is being performed, and this never has nor have any movies been made of it beyond the BBC Shakespeare productions This does not mean that it is a bad play, it is simply not popular though I have since seen a version that was produced by the National Theatre, and then released to cinemas world wide The story is about a wealthy Ath [...]


  14. Otra de esas obras shakespearianas llenas de disonancias Algunos cr ticos leen Tim n como una s tira pol tica James I hab a sido coronado solo dos a os antes me parece muy poco tiempo como para haber hecho un juicio de car cter tan fuerte, pero despu s de pensarlo un poco encontr que esa interpretaci n tiene varios puntos a favor En primer lugar, Tim n no tiene dignidad tr gica Su generosidad es agresiva e inmadura Es inevitable que provoque incomodidad e ingratitud Mauss mencionaba en su Essai [...]


  15. Timon of Athens is one of Shakespeare s least produced plays I ve never seen it Most people I know haven t maybe because they don t want to Anyway, I read it and liked it and would like to watch it on stage It s a problem play and doesn t fit neatly into any of the four standard categories of Shakespeare s plays i.e Comedies, Tragedies, Histories, and Romances Timon is a philanthropist s philanthropist in the first three acts He gives away gifts and money lavishly in fact, I d say compulsively S [...]


  16. Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would to the lip of his mistress your diet shall be in all places alike Make not a city feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place sit, sit The gods require our thanks You great benefactors sprinkle our society with thankfulness For your own gifts, make yourselves praised but reserve still to give, lest your deities be despised Lend to each man enough, that one need not lend to another for, were your godheads to borrow of m [...]


  17. I listened to the Arkangel audio of the play along with reading the text from the Delphi Complete Works of William Shakespeare In this play we meet Timon who is extremely generous with his friends giving gifts and lavish feastshe bought his friends in other words Needless to say the funds ran out and he found himself in debt being presented with bills he could not paylooking for his friends for assistance they denied him Alone and friendless he took up residence in a cave, found gold but became [...]



  18. By chance I began to read Timon of Athens again after such a long break that I cannot remember what it was like and therefore had put it on my to read list Perhaps I was prompted by the fact that a production in modern dress is currently showing in London At a second reading I am struck by the fact that it is rather a better play than its reputation allows Of all plays attributed to Shakespeare I think none better than this one completely confounds James Shapiro and all those like him, who argu [...]


  19. Okay, so this one is a little rough Some argue that this play is unfinished or a team write with Thomas Middleton Whatever the theory, everyone agrees that this play was probably not performed and is a mish mash of ideas, unfinished scenes and characters from nowhere.That aside Timon of Athens is a play about what would happen if a man with no family, no partner, no parents, no kids sees money as love So giving gifts and charity and receiving are his reason for living And it is his friends who h [...]


  20. Timon of AthensWilliam ShakespeareRead through act 2 scene 2 all of act 2 Summary Timon is a very generous man, he squanders his wealth that he seemingly acquires by magical touch no he doesn t use his 5 finger discount on parties and gifts for his friends Apemantus is a jerk but right when he says this life style will not suffice and it only gathers flatterers not friends He refuses to accept payments for his gifts His servant Flavius Flay va Flave tells him his wealth is diminishing, Timon ign [...]


  21. This play reminded me of Dickens A Christmas Carol or Frank Capra s It s a Wonderful Life only in reverse Timon is a generous man who lives beyond his means He feels blessed to have many friends, but, unlike George Bailey, when Timon calls on them they all abandon him in his time of need Timon becomes in return a recluse, a misanthrope, a hater of humanity Timon will to the woods where he shall find The unkindest beast kinder than mankind I am Misanthropos, and hate mankind For thy part, I do w [...]


  22. This was an odd play, for sure Timon starts off happy and generous, but we know trouble is coming when he refuses to listen to his household manager who is trying to warn him about expenditures Timon is so kind that he gives things away to everyone, but he runs out of money Then when he tries to borrow some from his so called friends, they refuse to help him He ends up out in the wilderness eating roots and cursing mankind Then he dies And there s an odd subplot about Alcibiades turning against [...]


  23. This later play of Shakespeare s based upon a classical figure feels like a cautionary tale, even resonates like a Medieval morality play Beware of a surfeit of money, does it corrupt or do people take advantage of someone like Timon who dispenses it at will and selflessly According to Shakespeare, they do and then when Timon needs the favor returned, he is abandoned and discarded He retreats to the forest, lives in a cave, and rails against his fellow man, becomes a misanthrope rather than a ph [...]


  24. This is one of my least favorite plays I am not sure why but maybe it is because I did not like the video we watched of it years ago It was very true to the play with Timon wearing very few clothes Once again, a lot is going on here and I did not read the play as well as I should have It could have easily ended happily or at least positively, but instead it only ends in bitterness It is a cautionary tale, reminding me of the Bible passage about the unworthy servant who had his owner s clients w [...]


  25. A very obscure Shakespeare play, one of his strangest, and also without doubt one of his worst Not everything Shakespeare wrote was pure gold, evidently That makes sense though, he wrote 30 something plays, so it makes sense that at least one or two of them wouldn t be great He s still a genius.The only really interesting scene is towards the very end, wherein the titular character and a cynic named Apemantus modelled after Diogenes, no doubt ruminate over the nature of Fortune But all the build [...]


  26. In this collaboration with Middleton we see a different tone in a Shakespeare play as we watch in horror, a man fall from wealth and stature to poverty and wretchedness both in mind, heart and soul Spending everything, his money and his friendships till he is nothing but a nasty vile shell of himself and finally dies May The Lord have mercy on what ever soul left his body before he reached that state.


  27. The kids and I read this aloud, and we liked it mainly for the over the top vitriol of the speeches We expected Apemantus to show up towards the end and tell us what to think about it all, but he didn t come back We just sat there with Timon s discovery that everyone loved his money than him, the single counterexample in his servant Flavius, and no resolution.


  28. C est ma premi re pi ce de Shakespeare, l histoire de Timon est attachante, mais elle est tellement courte qu il me serait difficile d en faire un synopsis sans aucun spoilers Je vous donc invite tenter cette pi ce si comme moi vous n avez pas lu Shakespeare auparavant, car moi j ai pu d vorer ce bouquin en tr s peu temps et a a m a pouss mettre trois autres de ses uvres sur ma PAL



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