I really enjoyed the Odyssey when I read it in college and I loved this adaptation. Armitage did a brilliant job of adapting the story, condensing theI really enjoyed the Odyssey when I read it in college and I loved this adaptation. Armitage did a brilliant job of adapting the story, condensing the action, and updating the language while staining the emotion and beauty of the epic poem. FYI this adaptation was done to make a radio dramatization of the story.
I was afraid it would be too dumbed down - too simple - when the original was so complex, detailed, and beautiful. Thankfully that was not the case. Obviously it is simplified just by converting it to today's English, but BBC was totally right in bringing on board a poet to do the adaptation and not just your normal author. Armitage has a way with pacing and words that does justice to the story, makes it easy for the reader, and still so beautiful.
Note: This rating only pertains to approximately 5 of the essays in the book which is comprised of about 30-35 essays. I read the ones that addressedNote: This rating only pertains to approximately 5 of the essays in the book which is comprised of about 30-35 essays. I read the ones that addressed Jane Austen's works, Alice in Wonderland, and North and South.
I picked this book up at the library because of the intriguing title, which is also the title of one of the essay's in the book. It is also one of the shortest essays - so it was a bit of misleading title.
The book addresses 'puzzles' within classic literature and the author, John Sutherland, attempts to explain them with his own ideas as to their solutions. Sadly though, while every puzzle I read about intrigued me none of Sutherland's solutions or ideas about them were convincing or even all that creative.
This was a pretty good graphic novel. Definitely reminded me of the Fables series. They took stories we all know and love (ok ok, at least know and toThis was a pretty good graphic novel. Definitely reminded me of the Fables series. They took stories we all know and love (ok ok, at least know and tolerated in high school) and transformed them into an interconnected, intense, and twisted tale with murder, madness, and intrigue.
At first my memory of some of Shakespeare's characters was a bit lacking but even without recognizing all of them my lack of knowledge did not detract from the story or their parts in it.
The art is perhaps my favorite part of this graphic novel - although I will admit to being confused a couple of times. It wasn't until I read the entire left page that I realized the art continued across both pages and I was skipping parts. Despite that the pacing was very good and didn't really lag like I expected it too. I also loved the coloring. Everything was jewel toned, deep, uber saturated. Kept my eyes peeled to the paper.
I think I can honestly say that I am hooked and will be reading all the upcoming volumes in this series. ...more
Am I one of the legions of North and South fans who was inspired to read the book after swooning over Richard Armitage in the BBC miniseries?
Yes. YesAm I one of the legions of North and South fans who was inspired to read the book after swooning over Richard Armitage in the BBC miniseries?
Yes. Yes I am.
And proud of it.
Because without that AMAZING miniseries I would not have read this beautiful book.
This story revolves around Margaret Hale, a beauty form the south of England who is more accustomed to parlor rooms, country roads, and clean air, and John Thornton, an industrious manufacturer in the North of England who is used to smoky skies, hard work, and factory floors. These are two people whose paths should never have crossed at such a time in England. They each had their own circles, their own interests, and their own views on society. But as luck would have it they were thrust together and quickly came to learn from one another whether they wanted to or not.
This novel was originally written as a serial which leads to it being somewhat choppy and disjointed as a whole, but each chatter was continuous and well written. The POV switched between our 2 wonderful characters which gave us fantastic glimpses into their thoughts, emotions, and reasonings. And as most books of this genre is written from the female perspective I totally loved worming my way inside Mr. Thornton's intense mind.
This is a novel rife with misunderstandings, unstated emotions, and uncertainties. It has characters that are selfish, whiny, and ignorant (I'm lookin at you Edith....). The plot built up slowly. Tis book is not one with large parties, big to dos, or complex plot points. It's about the everyday, adaptation, change, emotions, and relationship. And it's beautiful.
Now I will say, the ending...it is...lacking. Now I can definitely appreciate it, and I enjoyed it, but at heart I am a selfish creature and I wanted more. So of course now I am reading one of the many sequels to the book! Lol! ...more
This was an interesting take on the Alice in Wonderland tale. Instead of focusing on Alice it focused on Mary Anne - the White Rabbits house maid. A bThis was an interesting take on the Alice in Wonderland tale. Instead of focusing on Alice it focused on Mary Anne - the White Rabbits house maid. A bit odd but it was nice to get a view of all the characters through anothers eyes.
I am torn about the art. The style itself is awesome, but I didn't like that the artists created the characters in the forms originally used by Disney in the animated cartoon movie. Granted this book is published by Disney Press which explains that but I think if the artists had had a bit more freedom it would have look better - and not like a cheesy remake.
Overall it was OK, but I am glad I got it from the library. ...more
The art for this story is be far the best in the anthology. Lisa Weber's illustrations are smooth, curvy, layered, and detailed. The characters are innocent appearing, voluptuous, and creamy looking. The extreme proportions such as the large eyes, tiny hands and waists draw attention, and focus to the subtle expressions and movements she gives the characters. What really sets it apart though is that the finished product is still in pencil unlike the other illustrations throughout the book which were inked over. The pencil finish allows for the layers within the shadowing, the various pressures used, and the brushstrokes utilized to be seen and appreciated. (The cover art for the book is taken from this story.)
I have never read the story of Carmilla, although it is definitely on my TBR list now, and still the graphic version was extremely easy to follow, suspenseful, and eerie. They did an excellent job adapting the story and text without losing much in the way of plot of characterization. I still felt the girl's terror, Carmilla's desire and bloodlust, and the family's concern. Just a fantastic story with amazing art!
Never having read The Mysteries of Udolpho before this I found the adaptation to be lacking. I kept having to reread portions and go back and forth and understand the amount of characters, their connections to one another, and their place within the mystery.
Also the art for this story was extremely reminiscent of Prince Valiant of all things. The art was easy to follow but lacked real inspiration to me. Also there was so much narration with very little text making a story with so much intrigue and action a bit on the boring side.
I had already wanted to read this book because I love JA's Northanger Abby, and hopefully I will one day because even though I now know the ending to the main mystery I am sure I missed so much more with this adaptation.
Oh Poe, how can you not love him! This story is about a painter who loved his art more than his wife, and yet wanted to paint her. She sat for him and he indulged his passion for days and weeks on end. It wasn't until the last stroke was applied and the piece done in which he had declared the portrait 'life itself' when he realized she was dead! So wonderfully morbid and full of undertones.
Yet despite this sad and creepy tale the art itself is just this side of whimsical and is a great counterbalance to the story. Yet the whole piece is also done with no dialog, just narration, which is odd yet totally works.
The whole reason I got this volume was for this story as JA is by far my favorite author. This time the art was extremely detailed. Everything was included, even down to candlesticks and patterns in the wallpaper in the background.
The story though was somewhat lacking. There was a good ration of dialog to narration but the climax of the story was greatly paraphrased and diminished to the point that it seemed silly.
The art in this piece is a bit odd to me. Most of the frames show somewhat vague and featureless portrayals, but then a large amount of detail is dedicated to the oddest things like the little girls hair and the pattern on a man's suit. Furthermore, the story itself was more morbid and depressing that gothic in nature....more
What a great idea! Turn one of the greatest books ever written into a graphic novel! The colors and textures throughout were beautiful. I especially lWhat a great idea! Turn one of the greatest books ever written into a graphic novel! The colors and textures throughout were beautiful. I especially loved all the lovely jewel tones applied throughout.
The plot skipped major portions but what can you expect in such a short medium. Even still I think those who have never read the original work would follow and understand the graphic novel perfectly well and enjoy it immensely. ...more
I never did finish this book. When I sat down to try and finish it I realized I just didn't care. I didn't care about the characters, the political upI never did finish this book. When I sat down to try and finish it I realized I just didn't care. I didn't care about the characters, the political upheaval, or even the oracle telling pig.
I think it was the writing style that really did me in. The names were so complicated and unpronounceable it completely removed me from the story every time a new character was mentioned.
This was recommended by a friend who has pretty good taste in books, but sadly I just couldn't add this book to my good list. ...more
Well, I think I have to give up on this one. I really am interested in the premise but this writing is just so difficult to trudge through. EverythingWell, I think I have to give up on this one. I really am interested in the premise but this writing is just so difficult to trudge through. Everything is so over described with the most adjective filled long sentences that take all my attention to process. There would be multiple pages without any dialog of any kind, not even the characters own inner thoughts.
The worst thing was the books introduction spoiled the ending! No seriously, the books own intro describes just what is behind all the ominous happenings in the book and ruins it all. When a book comes in at over 600 pages you expect that climax to be amazing, but no. It isn't. And I know that because I was stupid enough to read the books introduction.
So between this difficult writing style and having the ending ruined there wasn't much incentive for me trudge my way through the remaining however many pages out of 600. ...more
One of favorite books growing up! The Lorax is a wonderful tale about the consequences of unrestricted and careless progress. The art is classic Dr. SOne of favorite books growing up! The Lorax is a wonderful tale about the consequences of unrestricted and careless progress. The art is classic Dr. Seuss and a favorite for life! ...more