Julius Caesar: The Graphic Novelby William Shakespeare, Naresh Kumar
Rome, 44BC, the great general Julius Caesar arrives home from war as the sole ruler of Rome. The citizens cheer the conquering hero, but not all are pleased to see him return. Many fear that with nobody to oppose him, this military genius will become a cruel dictator. A conspiracy takes shape that ensnares the proud Brutus, one of Caesar's most trusted allies,
Rome, 44BC, the great general Julius Caesar arrives home from war as the sole ruler of Rome. The citizens cheer the conquering hero, but not all are pleased to see him return. Many fear that with nobody to oppose him, this military genius will become a cruel dictator. A conspiracy takes shape that ensnares the proud Brutus, one of Caesar's most trusted allies, in an assassination plot that will change the course of history.
What is most important, Shakespeare asks, loyalty to your leaders or to your country? Can good ever come of evil actions, and are those who speak of freedom always trustworthy?
Now imagined as a thrilling graphic adventure, William Shakespeare's classic retelling of actual historical events is revealed as a timeless political thriller - a bloody saga of friendships betrayed, alliances destroyed, and a nation torn apart by civil war.
Verdict Seeing Caesar rendered as sequential art is a treat for those already sold on Shakespeare, and it’s a novel alternative to the regular text. Still, that’s not enough to capture and hold the attention of hi-lo readers, its intended audience, who may find “No Fear Shakespeare” or “Manga Shakespeare” graphic novels series more accessible. Optional but worthwhile for those wanting to introduce younger readers to the works of the Bard. Scenes of violence and gore; suitable for YA and up.J Osicki, Saint John Free P.L., NB
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Gr 9 Up—This book is a retelling of a retelling, the reality of history filtered through the prism of Shakespeare and then refiltered through this adaptation. When sharing this story with students, it is especially important to clarify what is fact and what is fiction, which this book does not do well. There is no mention at the beginning of the book that Shakespeare's play was a fictionalized version of real events, and the "After the Curtain Fell" addendum refers to what happens next to the characters, rather than to the actual people those characters were based on. In addition, Julius Caesar, while a well-known play, requires readers to know more information ahead of time to follow the convoluted plot, and this book lacks an introduction or enough helpful footnotes. The cover artwork is both striking and visually appealing; in fact, it is one of the best things about this book. Unfortunately, the interior illustrations, while colorful and realistic, sometimes have a peculiar overuse of shading that might distract readers. The ideal audience for this book would be teens who understand the historical background of the play but who would have an easier time reading a shorter version; the language used is close or identical to the original.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
Meet the Author
Known as 'The Bard of Avon', William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, around April of 1564. His father, John Shakespeare, was a successful local businessman and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a wealthy landowner. In 1582, eighteen-year-old William married an older woman named Anne Hathaway. Soon they had their first daughter, Susanna, who was followed by twins Hamnet and Judith. Sadly, Hamnet died at theage of eleven.
Translated into innumerable languages across the globe, Shakespeare's plays and sonnets are undoubtedly the most studied works of literature in the English language. He was just as adept at writing comedies as he was tragedies, histories, and poetry. On top of this, he was also an actor.
Shakespeare died in 1616.
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