A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Book rating: 02 Paperback Manga Shakespeare

By (author) William Shakespeare, Adapted by Richard Appignanesi, Illustrated by Kate Brown

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  • Publisher: Selfmadehero
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 208mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 095528564X
  • ISBN 13: 9780955285646
  • Illustrations note: 200 black & white illustrations, 8-page colour section
  • Sales rank: 173,373

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Shakespeare's enduring characters are set adrift in present-day Athens, but a present with a massive difference - an alternative history. Rigid class systems and 'god given' monarchies of the past have not been lost. Modern technologies meet ancient tradition; and the citizens of Athens are frustrated by continuing restrictions and hierarchies. Only the forest, home to the fairies and fey spirits can offer the illicit lovers what they seek.

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By Sindre Ellingsen 15 Apr 2012 2

I didn't like this manga, and I haven't read this one before, but this manga didn't make me like it anymore for saying it . . .


I liked the drawing, but the story is supposed to be ancient from Shakespeare, where the hell comes television in the picture? I sometimes didn't get the main characters and it was really messy, I honestly just understood some of the plot. It shifted from something looking like reality and imagination.

The only thing that made me give it two stars was really the drawings. Good tip, just swap over this one, because there's 12 more books in this series, except R&J, then it's thirteen.

Editorial reviews

Of late many classic titles - including the Bible - have been turned into manga, in a 21st-century version of the venerable Classics Illustrated comics. This take on the Bard boils his play down to approximately 20 words per page, drastically abridging the text, though keeping intact the original language and meter. A fully colored dramatis personae reduces the characters to sound bites and shines in comparison to the flat, gray-toned images that murkily tell the story itself. As drawn by Brown, the characters are decidedly more Western-looking in their styling than is typical to most manga, and the adaptor's choice of setting is an anachronistic mishmash of quasi-antique and modern, a choice that will leave sophisticated readers knowledgeable with the text slightly puzzled. The Tempest (ISBN: 978-0-8109-9476-8), drawn by Paul Duffield, follows an identical template. These attempts to convert Shakespeare into visual language fall flat, although the slick manga styling alone may attract some new readers to these works. (plot summary, author's biography) (Graphic fiction. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)