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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

by Bruce Coville

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This is a fabulous retelling of this drama! The author does a fantastic job including all major plot points in clear and descriptive narration. I particularly love the conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as they plan the murder - the plan is never actually stated, so readers must use inference. Beautiful integration of famous lines from the play. The time sequence is also clearer in this version than the play - readers understand Macbeth's reign over several months and understand what Malcolm is doing in England before he returns to Scotland. ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jul 24, 2014 |
This is a wonderful retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This version mixes clear language of the present day with actual quotes from the play itself, allowing readers who may not be accustomed to the language of Shakespeare the chance to develop their understanding of it. I love the drawings in this book--they reinforce the dark eeriness that is a major theme of the tale itself. This book could really help students get a feel for the play. I think that the pictures, especially, might spark the interest of a young reader, especially one who enjoys scary stories. Great book! ( )
  epenton | May 6, 2014 |
After reading Bruce Coville's and Dennis Nolan's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ann Beneduce and Gennady Spirin's The Tempest, the shift to the more dire tonality of Coville and Gary Kelley's Macbeth was quite jarring. The illustrations of those two books were so fantastic, in both quality and content, that the strikingly serious panels here were difficult to get used to. Ultimately, though, the shift proved the right decision, in my opinion. Macbeth deserves a more grim disposition than most of Shakespeare's works and Coville, as he did with others, recognized the shift and changed pace capably.

The language used here is similar to Coville's other Shakespeare adaptations. He masterfully simplifies the goings-on of the story, while not babying the reader, an important negotiation while writing an adaptation of this nature. ( )
  mdaniel54 | Jan 27, 2013 |
i enjoyed the telling of this story more than i enjoy the play which i never really enjoy. didn't like the illustrations. usually i like gary kelley. ( )
  mahallett | Apr 1, 2012 |
Macbeth has become a curse in the theater community. If you say his name three times in a row, your performance is doomed. Knowing this, I wanted to find out what Macbeth was all about. Coville's adaptation of the Shakespearan tale helped me discover this. Macbeth fights with himself over heroism and evil. The witches add a fantasy element. I think this book can be enjoyed by any student grades seven and up! ( )
  ckarmstr1 | Nov 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803718993, Hardcover)

A first-rate entree to the Bard, hailed Publishers Weekly in praise of Bruce Coville's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dial). Now the author follows with Macbeth, expertly weaving his own dramatic yet accessible prose with language from the play, creating a gateway to the greater enjoyment of the original. Powerful paintings, rich in atmosphere, by renowned artist Gary Kelley--winner of twenty medals from the Society of Illustrators--make this, like its predecessor, a classic in itself, full justice to the genius that came before. * A perfect gift for both newcomers to Shakespeare's work as well as devoted followers.

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A simplified prose retelling of Shakespeare's play about a man who kills his king after hearing the prophesies of three witches.

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