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Manga Shakespeare by Richard Appignanesi
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Dec 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: comics

I purchased a couple of these Manga Shakespeare as Christmas gifts for a certain teenage manga lover I know and I think that they will be a hit. They're shortened from the originals of course but Shakespeare's language is retained pretty much intact and the translation to manga format and style is a great fit. The inherent emphasis on visuals and action make this a little more like watching a performance instead of just reading a text. And let's face it, Shakespeare's plots seem to be made for manga (teenagers in love, cross dressing, wrestling, what more do you need? Maybe ghosts and revenge: see Manga Hamlet). All in all, these are a great way to begin exploring Shakespeare.

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