HAMLET by Emma Vieceli


Manga Shakespeare
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Age Range: 14 & up
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This manga slightly alters the Shakespearean tragedy’s content and presents the play in a left-to-right reading pattern rather than the authentic right-to-left manga style. The Americanized format will assist readers who find Shakespeare difficult to understand and the classic dialogue confusing. In a decimated future cyberpunk world laced with technology, the tragedy unfolds. The famous characters, each with a different hairstyle for instant identification, are introduced in the work’s frontmatter. Illustrations that repeatedly shift in mood, from mysterious sensations to edgy action, become integral to the story. Enhanced by the stark black-and-white sketches, Hamlet’s facial expressions allow students to feel his inner turmoil. Dialogue circles set the pace by guiding the reader from panel to panel in a logical eye-movement pattern. Famous quotes from the play such as, “Get thee to a nunnery,” are directly linked to illustrations clarifying exactly when in the play’s sequence they occur and which character is speaking. Refreshingly clear, this adaptation is recommended for all libraries serving teens. (Graphic novel. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-8109-9324-4
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2007


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