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The Merchant of Venice (Graphic Shakespeare)

by Gareth Hinds

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The artwork is dark and monochromatic. The flow of sequence is sometimes hard to follow because of the lack of bolder dividing lines and irregular box sizes. The characters are quite similar in facial features, so unless the reader is familiar with the original play, character development is hard to follow; even using the character list as a reference piece. In all, the artwork, set in a modern setting, helps the reader to visualize the events. The language used, as noted in the author’s note, does not follow the original poetic format. The book is more of a summary with a few quoted lines used near the end of the play. This choice can also be described as a cunning way to get readers to read Shakespeare and not inundate with iambic pentameter until the end of the play, which by then, the reader will not want to stop reading the book. Overall, this rendition is a great supplemental read or a pre-read to the original play, especially for the high school student. ( )
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I know not why I am sad.
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My purse, my person, my extremest means, lie all unlocked to your occasions.
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This is a graphic novel adaptation by Gareth Hinds of The Merchant of Venice, not the original play.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076363025X, Paperback)

With elegant, contemporary artwork and a faithful but succinct adaptation, this graphic novel casts a classic drama in a provocative new light.

Here is the tale of young Bassanio, who, to win the love of fair Portia, entangles his dearest friend, Antonio, in a dangerous bargain with the moneylender Shylock. Only Bassanio’s heartfelt efforts — and a clever intervention by Portia — will save Antonio from paying Shylock "a pound of flesh." Moody and mesmerizing, this graphic novel adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s more controversial plays boasts a chic modern cast, high drama, and all the dark, familiar beauty of Venice.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:24:02 -0400)

"A stylish, modern adaptation of Shakespeare's dark comedy, with backgrounds drawn on location in Venice. The text is adapted for clarity, and transitions from simple, modern prose to original Shakespearean verse as the play progresses" -- from author's web site.… (more)

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Candlewick Press

Two editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.

Editions: 076363025X, 0763630241

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