William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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by Ian Doescher
     
 

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Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy ofSee more details below

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Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—"…In time so long ago begins our play,/In star-crossed galaxy far, far away." Inspired by the work of George Lucas and William Shakespeare, this is the story of Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, retold as a five-act play, complete with blank verse, couplets, and Elizabethan stage directions. Even Jabba the Hutt and R2-D2 speak (or beep) in iambic pentameter. Luke, Leia, Han, Darth Vader, and the rest of the cast battle to determine the future of the galaxy while parodying various well-known lines and speeches from Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Henry V. Luke's soliloquy, "Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not," accompanied by an illustration of Luke holding up a stormtrooper helmet, is a standout comic moment, as is Leia's "songs of nonny," sung as the planet Alderaan explodes. Doescher's pseudo-Shakespearean language is absolutely dead-on; this is one of the best-written Shakespeare parodies created for this audience and it is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny for those familiar with both The Bard and Star Wars. It is most likely to be appreciated by snarky AP English students and drama club members, but an imaginative English teacher could find ways to use it in the classroom to engage reluctant readers of Shakespeare. May the verse be with you! —Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
From the Publisher
“Ian Doescher has reimagined the entire first Star Wars film as an Elizabethan play, complete with iambic pentameter and elaborate illustrations. It's geekception.”—The Mary Sue

“...the book is so brilliant you’ll wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner.”—Paste Magazine

“..another smart tribute fans will enjoy."—The Star-Ledger
 
“If you are looking for a neat way to get acquainted with Shakespeare or you are a teacher whose students are having a rough time accessing the genius of the Bard of Avon, I highly recommend you give William Shakespeare’s Star Wars  a try!”—GeekMom

“Is it all a great, geeky, inter-galactic goblet of literary fun? Verily!” —AmericanProfile.com

“...a quirky addition to the genre-busting canon...”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“...what Doescher made is delicious.”—Charleston City Paper
 
“...brilliant...”—Deseret News
 
“This is a great read. Author Ian Doescher may not have bested Shakespeare, but he’s certainly one-upped Lucas.”—Asbury Park Press
 
“As Shakespeare would say, you might think, this be madness, yet there is a method in 't.”—Newsday
 
“...charming...”—The Courier-Journal
 
“...the ultimate fan fic.”— ABC News Radio

Doescher’s pseudo-Shakespearean language is absolutely dead-on; this is one of the best-written Shakespeare parodies created for this audience and it is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny for those familiar with both The Bard and Star Wars.”—School Library Journal
 
“At last, the mother of all mashups is upon us."—CNET.com
 
“...outstanding.”—Geekdad
 
“Nicolas Delort's woodcut-style illustrations are a fabulous mixture of old and new.”—Boing Boing
 
“Delightful.”—PortlandMercury.com
 
“For anglophiles, scifi nerds, and probably 9th grade English students.”—The Bookreporter
 
“[William Shakespeare's Star Wars] is a a brilliant and super-cool way to meld pop culture and high culture”—Bella Online
 
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is Exactly What You Need For Your Next Geeky Houseparty.”—Tor.com
 
“Doescher’s attempt to recreate a Shakespearean play is noteworthy and clever.”—Blogcritics.org
 
“If there’s one book perfect for any age, gender or planet of origin, this must be the book.”—Asbury Park Press

“The Bard at his finest, with all the depth of character, insightful soliloquies, and clever wordplay that we’ve come to expect from the Master. For those who wish to read the Star Wars legend in the original Elizabethan, this is the book for you.”—Timothy Zahn, New York Times bestselling author of Scoundrels

“I'm delighted to have William Shakespeare's Star Wars, and have read it with great pleasure. What a fine idea, to set this in the world of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 C-3PO and Darth Vader! A period of civil war, rebels, the Galactic Empire, the death star. A star-crossed galaxy! Ian Doescher does iambic pentameter well. This is a hoot!”—David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, University of Chicago and co-editor of The Bantam Shakespeare series
 
“Well-read geeks have breathlessly waited
For what Ian Doescher hath created
This book's cover is the door
To a Star Wars ne'er seen before”
—Daniel Wallace, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters
 
“An elegant translation for a more civilized age. Let's face it—if you love Shakespeare or Star Wars half as much as I do, you've already bought this.”
—Adam Bertocci, author of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, writer-director of Brooklyn Force and Run Leia Run, and moderator of TheForce.net
 
“Zounds, the Forsooth is strong in this one!  Two of the most creative minds in the universe collide with spectacular, hilarious and surprisingly touching insight into the original classic.  This truly is Star Wars as you like it.”—Joe Schreiber, author of Star Wars: Death Troopers and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus
 
“Whether your tastes run to Alderaan or Avon, this reimagining of Star Wars overflows with heart and wit.”—Jason Fry, author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare

VOYA - Beth Green
Taking his cues from George Lucas and William Shakespeare, Doescher retells a story made popular over thirty-five years ago on the silver screen, Star Wars. The twist that makes it both interesting (and maddening for some) is that the story is retold in iambic pentameter, the type of verse in which Shakespeare wrote his plays. Readers who are already familiar with the story of Luke Skywalker and the battle that occurs in a "galaxy far, far away" will enjoy the retelling, as well as the print translation of R2D2's speech, which is rather enjoyable on its own. Classroom teachers presenting the various plays of the Great Bard would benefit from the inclusion of this book, as the language will be easily understood by students who are already well versed in the cult classic movie's story line. The pen-and-ink illustrations featured sporadically throughout are well done, especially when Jabba the Hutt (although spoken of in Star Wars, was not "seen" until the re-release in 1997, so those who are sticklers for detail will most definitely find this a grievous error) wears a Shakespearean feathered cap and leg-of-mutton-sleeved jacket. Humorously portrayed, and more novelty than literature, this nod to Shakespeare will be enjoyed by readers, who will be reliving the various battle scenes in their imaginations. Reviewer: Beth Green

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594746550
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Series:
William Shakespeare's Star Wars , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
131,744
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Ian Doescher has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope was released. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book.

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