The Merchant of Venice is an English play written by William Shakespeare, approximately between 1596 and 1598. This paperback edition of the play features side-by-side translation in simple English to help the modern readers get acquainted with one of Shakespeare's best works. The book talks about Bassanio, who is in need of money so he can marry Portia, a wealthy heiress in Belmont; and hence he turns to his wealthy merchant friend Antonio. However, Antonio explains to his dear friend that his ships are out in the sea, so he cannot really help him, but he agrees to be the guarantor when Bassanio borrows money from a Jewish moneylender Shylock.
Shylock is greedy, manipulative, and not particularly fond of Antonio, so he agrees to grant a loan on the condition that if Antonio does not repay him, he may take a pound of his flesh, to which the protagonist agrees. Bassanio then sets off to Belmont to win Portia's hand while Antonio learns that his ships are lost at sea. Brought to court and subjugated by Shylock, Antonio feels all is lost, but there is a glimmer of hope after all. Hilarity then ensues in the form of a dramatic courtroom speech and Shylock's reluctance to spare Antonio. The book sheds light on topics such as greed, loyalty, compassion and love; themes that ring true across time and boundaries. Does Shylock grant him mercy? Will the merchant of Venice lose everything to Shylock, the conniving moneylender? Order the book online and read for yourself to discover what happens of Antonio and his aides.
William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest English writer in the history of mankind, and this is true, because even today, his works command respect and admiration. He has written about 38 plays; Hamlet, The Tempest, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet being some of them. He has also written 154 sonnets and other poems, often dramatised and translated for the world to see and constantly changing the way the world perceives poems. Published by Sterling, this book has an ISBN 10 number of 1586638505 and an ISBN 13 number of 9781586638504.