Romeo and Juliet

Published: 1599
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,904 / 79 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.2
LoC Category: PR
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Genres: Drama, Audiobook, Romance
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A classic tragedy, beloved by romantics around the world.

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te hell, all Montagues, and thee: Have at thee, coward!

[They fight.]

[Enter several of both Houses, who join the fray; then enter Citizens with clubs.]

1 Citizen. Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down! Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!

[Enter Capulet in his gown, and Lady Capulet.]

Capulet. What noise is this?--Give me my long sword, ho!

Lady Capulet. A crutch, a crutch!--Why call you for a sword?

Capulet. My sword, I say!--Old Montague is come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me.

[Enter Montague and his Lady Montague.]

Montague. Thou villain Capulet!-- Hold me not, let me go.

Lady Montague. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.

[Enter Prince, with Attendants.]

Prince. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,-- Will they not hear?--What, ho! you men, you beasts, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins,-- On pain of torture, from those bloody

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Average Rating of 3.8 from 25 reviews: ****
2014.07.07
raj bhattarai
*****

i am new in this country but i know little english by reading this i know a lot english this is my favorite i enjoy reading this book i want say that you will enjoy reading this book even if you are new. .thanks to willam shexphare to write this book

2013.12.20
Prolay Majumder
***..

This is a very beautiful story . I like it very much.

In Africa, the scenario in Romeo and Juliet is a rampant one. In a society where hate is above love, all will crumble!

2013.06.19
john bosco
*****

very nice

2012.12.29
Kata Dieguez
*****

I just simply love this book. My second favorite romance!!!!

2012.06.12
Rebekah
****.

Accurate in the amount of thought that hormonal teenagers would give to staying together when their families don't want them marrying.

...Personally, in Juliet's place, I would have said,
"Why do we not simply run from them?
Our families are stupid. Where's a horse?"
Or something along those lines. XD

Even if you hated in in English class (especially the crappy movie modernizations*), it's still a million times better than The Vampire Book Which Should Be Burned.

@Benjamin: You're the same age as I am. And the fact that you like Shakespeare is really hot. Just sayin'.

*You know, the ones where they're playing pool and speaking in iambic pentameter...

2012.03.22
jantonaitis
****.

Man, people are too dumb to read shakespeare.

1) Shakespeare did indeed copy R&J from other texts. So did a lot of other writers before and after him (Bram Stoker off the top of my head). Deal with it.

2) It's not 'Old English', Beowulf or Chaucer are old english. This is middle english. If you can't read it, it's probably because of the literary/historical allusions, not because it isn't 'really' English.

Anyway it's spawned a dozen shitty movies but it's still one of the bard's best.

2011.12.11
Abhimanyu
*****

the thing i've ever read. loved the book. undoubtly the best love story.

2011.10.12
jonny
***..

strong

2011.10.12
jonny
***..

strong

2011.08.13
Vctor
*****

Im not an american or from any othe country speaking english, im studyind this language, it wan very difficult for me read this book, but a could, even dont understand almost nothing... it is a very exciting book. tnks


2011.06.14
Daniel
*....

hated this play ever since 9th grade english

2011.01.11
Kurtis
****.

I am currently studyingt this book in english, and it is great o have read ahead and anylised wquotes before the class. In class i get more of an understanding into fiction writing.

2010.12.27
*****

This book is great, but it was a little hard to read the old english... even if someone doesn't like the book, that doesn't prove anything. Its really famous for a reason!

2010.10.31
renata
***..

gostei muito do livro, queria encontrar um que não fosse com peça mais a historia é maravilhosa

2010.08.11
Benjamin
****.

(Age:14 y.o Country:new zealand Read book 2 times)

This book always excites me no matter what. This is a very wonderful book that has given me a more, lets say..... better perspective on speech and on life, though hard to grasp nearly every line because of the "old English" used throughout all the story, however I do find reading it to be ever so interesting, I just find that some bits are pointless and not needed at all.

all in all very good but not one hundred percent

2010.06.20
Abolee
***..

Scaria, I think you should try to know more about Shakespeare before making any such comments as it is a well-known fact that Shakespeare did copy a little of his work from other books and plays. But he didn't expect them to get published. It only got published after his death.

I think all his work is really great.

2010.05.10
Karla
*****

Scaria, Honestly im going to have to disagree with you, first of all Shakespeare did NOT copy Romeo and Juliet from any other writer. Shakespeare is a GENIUS! and if you're just too ignorant to realize that than its your loss, because Shakespeare is one of the best writers that have ever lived. And like i said before if you just cant realize that than you must be really comfortable with using the word "wenis" instead of elbow.For your information Shakespeare invented half of our language. ANYWAY... i think romeo and juliet is one of the best stories written, its really interesting and really sad.

2010.04.30
scaria
*....

Shakespear is the worst author ever he copied romeo and juliet from another long book his poem are stupid and pointless

2010.04.17
venta
***..

I love this novel so much.
I want to be writer like william shakespeare

2009.12.07
Gerard
***..

It was an amazing play, but I wouldn't sit and read the book for recreation.

2009.09.18
Anna.
*****

No doubt Romeo and Juliet is a cliche in today's cynical world. I think there is little to appreciate in terms of plot and story-line. To appreciate this play one has to examine the intricate writing and its ingenious wit.

2008.12.18
Glenn
*****

i have read the play 4 times and working on the 5 time and its really intrestint to understand the story in some parts but it has got to be one of the most regonizale peices of lit. And many lines are being quoted over a large spanned of time.

2008.09.26
Pei Hua Chen
*****

i think that it is great. William Shakespear is a genius.

2007.05.12
Sid
**...

Ok, people might be outraged, but I think Romeo and Juliet is not the best of Shakespeare; in fact it's overrated. The characters are no more than cardboard cutouts of Italian stereotypes with sacchirine love poems littered all over the pages. It's a cultural icon, but one should take the time to actually read the play to form one's opinion.


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