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Hamlet (edition 2004)

by Bruce Coville, Leonid Gore (Illustrator)

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Title:Hamlet
Authors:Bruce Coville
Other authors:Leonid Gore (Illustrator)
Info:Dial (2004), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Spirits, namely the recently deceased King Hamlet, play a key role in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The specter of the old king sets everything in motion, really. So, that being said, I can understand why Leonid Gore went in the direction he did with the illustrations for he and Bruce Coville's adaptation of Hamlet. The artwork is extremely ethereal, painting the characters as ghosts on our earthly plane. However, when matched with Coville's excellent summative writing, the illustrations don't quite mesh with portions of the story when action flares.

Overall, Coville and Gore's Hamlet is a solid adaptation, but ranks lower on the Coville totem pole than it should've given the high regard the original Hamlet is held. As a teaching tool, though, the book could definitely help young readers along. ( )
  mdaniel54 | Jan 27, 2013 |
Hamlet is a tale of betrayal. Hamlet is haunted by what he believes to be his father's ghost. I know when I read this in high school, I had difficulty reading it because Shakespearan language is very different from ours. Coville does a marvelous job translating Shakespeare's play, making it easier on the reader. The illustrations help the visual learner and give the story added character (after all, Shakespeare's plays were meant to be seen not heard). ( )
  ckarmstr1 | Nov 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803727089, Hardcover)

There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This haunting tragedy has touched audiences for centuries. Now Bruce Coville makes this play the next of his dynamic adaptations of the Bard for the young. Once again, he expertly incorporates essential lines from the play into his own rich prose to tell the tale of the ill-fated Prince of Denmark.

Acclaimed artist Leonid Gore adds intense, dreamlike images in acrylic and pastel. His depictions of Hamlet, Ophelia, and the rest of the kingdom are revelatory and unforgettable, helping to make this masterful volume a treasure for Shakespeare enthusiasts old and new.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:01 -0400)

Retells, in simplified prose, William Shakespeare's play about a prince of Denmark who seeks revenge for his father's murder.

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