Puffin Graphics: Macbeth

Puffin Graphics: Macbeth

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The Graphic Novelization of a Classic Tale!

Shakespeare’s classic play of deception, intrigue, and murder is reinvented in the Japanese manga style. Set on a vast ringworld encircling a sun, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, scheme and plot their way to power, only to be undone by their own deadly plans. Artist Tony Tamai’s unique vision and style

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The Graphic Novelization of a Classic Tale!

Shakespeare’s classic play of deception, intrigue, and murder is reinvented in the Japanese manga style. Set on a vast ringworld encircling a sun, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, scheme and plot their way to power, only to be undone by their own deadly plans. Artist Tony Tamai’s unique vision and style breathe new life into a captivating classic.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
William Shakespeare's Macbeth takes a nontraditional interpretation, remembering that Shakespeare's stories have been transplanted to a variety of settings both on stage and screen. This Macbeth takes place in "stardate 1040" with a trio of robot witches and mecha monsters or fantasy creatures. At times, the frames are so crowded with detail that following the story would be difficult for readers not already familiar with the story. The feel of true Shakespearean dialogue is intact but with enough "modernization" to allow most readers comprehension of the events. Fans of gritty science fiction action and plot lines will appreciate this graphic novel. Each book in the Puffin Graphics series contains a "Making of" section at the end that includes discussion or visuals from the creators, such as concept drawings or inspirational musings about the writing or drawing process used. Also, a one-page "About the Classic Author" summary provides concise biographical and literary points that help readers understand the historical importance of these authors. Overall, black-and-white illustrations with good detail along with fair adaptation into dialogue keep the stories moving. This series can be a good addition to existing graphic novel collections where broadening of classic, literary stories is warranted, especially where the Graphic Classics series is popular. It might be the perfect way to get teen readers more interested in reading traditional classic tales by using these more visually appealing and abridged versions. Others entries include versions of Treasure Island, The Call of the Wild, Dracula, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects;Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Puffin Graphics/Penguin Putnam, 176p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Karen Sykeny
KLIATT
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's nastier tragedies. Macbeth murders his liege in his sleep in order to become king, and then enacts a series of bloody deeds that culminate in his own violent death. This graphic novel is set on another planet, "a combination of the settings of Larry Niven's Ringworld and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels." Unfortunately, there are places where the SF setting simply does not work. The characters live in Scotland (the planet, maybe?); refer to the dragons they ride as horses; and--despite possessing advanced technology--live in castles under a form of medieval feudalism. There are other issues: when the three witches hail Macbeth for the first time, the line "Hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" is not in the text. Since this is one of the most important lines in the play, its omission is regrettable. The artwork is sketchy, and at times looks like it was done with a computer (some characters/images are obviously cut and pasted onto a setting). This version of Macbeth certainly has its flaws. However, the graphic novel's exotic setting may attract readers who would otherwise skip the play. Macbeth contains violence, and is an optional purchase for libraries with graphic novel collections. KLIATT Codes: JSA--Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Penguin, Puffin Graphics, 176p. illus., Ages 12 to adult.
—George Galuschak

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142404096
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Series:
Puffin Graphic Classic
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare (April 1564 - April 23, 1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’ s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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