Manga Classics: Hamlet

Manga Classics: Hamlet

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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

  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 152 x 203 x 35.56mm | 476.27g
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario, United States
  • English
  • 1947808125
  • 9781947808126
  • 512,171

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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL -- Gr 7 Up-Chan and Choy's latest manga adaptation is a dramatic, striking version of Shakespeare's tale of murder and madness. Prince Hamlet's late father, the king of Denmark, was murdered by his brother Claudius, who then married the queen and took the throne. After discovering the truth, Hamlet hatches a plan to expose his usurping uncle. He feigns madness, stages a play to induce Claudius to confess, and competes in a duel that ends in four deaths, including his own. The expressive artwork conveys the fear, resentment, and madness that are central to this play. Hamlet's emo-kid styling and devastating glares make his disaffection and disdain all the more palpable. Chan and Choy visualize Shakespeare's metaphors by depicting animals roaring and slithering through scenes. They don't shy away from the violence of the play; there are blood splatters galore, and Hamlet's father's death by poisoning is particularly grisly. The book concludes with information from Chan about her research on Danish castles. Udon offers teacher guides with lesson plans for its adaptations, which teachers using the book will find helpful.
VERDICT This vividly violent tale will appeal to ambitious manga readers and can serve as supplemental material for the study of Hamlet.
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About William Shakespeare

Crystal S. Chan is an award-winning author and television screen play writer. Â 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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30 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 27% (8)
4 37% (11)
3 33% (10)
2 3% (1)
1 0% (0)
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