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As You Like It by Saddleback Educational Publ...
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May 02, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: graphic-novel

This is the classic story of As You Like it by Williams Shakespeare simplified and put into graphic novel form. While Orlando and Rosalind still end up together and all of the characters and plot line are the same, it looses a lot of the literary quality. All of the language is updated to modern day language and much is lost in the translation. The idea of a woman pretending to be a man is present in literature and history throughout time, so it is believable. However, it does seem dated in this day and age where gender roles are no longer so clearly defined and cross dressing is considered part of our society. It also hits on the Developmental Asset of Caring as all of the "good guys" make personal sacrifices for each other. This book should be promoted to teens as a way to learn a classic story without the sometimes frustrating ordeal of dealing with Shakespearian language and writing. The good thing about this book is that it is easy to understand and follow and is in a more prefered fromat, but the bad thing is that it looses all of the "Shakespeare" in the process, which is a high price to pay.

3Q, 1 P, G

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