Manga Classics: Hamlet

Manga Classics: Hamlet

3.93 (107 ratings by Goodreads)
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The dead still walk in Denmark. Already crushed by his father's death and
his mother's hasty remarriage, the young prince Hamlet is confronted by his
father's ghost, bearing terrible news: he didn't simply die. He was murdered.
Now Hamlet lives only for his vengeance - no matter how many other people must
die for it. Manga Classics (R) proudly presents an exciting manga version of
Shakespeare's masterpiece Hamlet in its full glory, featuring the COMPLETE,
UNABRIDGED TEXT from the original play!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 476 pages
  • 146 x 210 x 35.56mm | 589.67g
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario, United States
  • English
  • 1947808117
  • 9781947808119
  • 813,142

Review quote

KIRKUS -- One of Shakespeare's more tragic plays is the subject of a graphic adaptation. As with the rest of the Manga Classics series, Chan has here kept the full script of Hamlet intact and, in collaboration with illustrator Choy, made this piece come alive. For readers who cannot make it to the theater to see Hamlet performed and for those who struggle to read the original, in particular, this is an accessible and appealing alternative. The visuals offer insights into the play, for example in the way that a character's duplicity is shown with two versions of their face, each with different expressions, making concrete what is being discussed in the dialogue. Subtle visual clues such as the wearing (or not) of shoes encourage readers to speculate as to Hamlet's and Ophelia's sanity. In bringing to the page Hamlet's famous To be or not to be monologue, Chan's background research informs Choy's black-and-white line drawings, which show the variety of emotions and layers of meaning expressed. Backmatter includes a character design sketchbook and notes from the adapter and illustrator that take readers behind the scenes of this graphic-novel version. The manga-style art will appeal to teen readers familiar with that genre. All characters read as white.Does justice to a theatrical classic.
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About William Shakespeare

Crystal S. Chan is an award-winning author and television screen play writer. A She holds a degree in language and literature. Crystal is a huge fan of authors such as Jane Austen and she is equally passionate about Sailor Moon. Her passion for classic literature combined with her love of the comics medium allows her to strike a solid balance between preserving the depth of the original content while adapting the language for a younger generation.
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107 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 40% (43)
4 24% (26)
3 26% (28)
2 7% (7)
1 3% (3)
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