Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, or more simply Hamlet, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
- Wikipedia

I've read this book more than once. Didn't we all have to read it in high school? My favourite part was the ending. Hamlet and Laertles duel. Laertes sword, which is poisoned, pricks Hamlet so he is going to die. Hamlet's mother drinks poisoned wine and dies. Hamlet makes the King drink the wine and he dies. Hamlet dies.

This is the 5th greatest fiction book of all time according to

This book is also on the following lists:
- 3rd on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
- 10th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
- 11th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
- 88th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
- How to Read and Why (Harold Bloom)
- The Graphic Canon (Book)
- How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
- The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
- Great Books (Anthony O'Hear)
- Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
- 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
- 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)
- The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
- From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at

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