There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This haunting tragedy has touched audiences for centuries. Now Bruce Coville makes this play the next of his dynamic adaptations of the Bard for the young. Once again, he expertly incorporates essential lines from the play into his own rich prose to tell the tale of the ill-fated Prince of Denmark.
Acclaimed artist Leonid Gore adds intense, dreamlike images in acrylic and pastel. His depictions of Hamlet, Ophelia, and the rest of the kingdom are revelatory and unforgettable, helping to make this masterful volume a treasure for Shakespeare enthusiasts old and new.
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Hamlet is a tale of betrayal. Hamlet is haunted by what he believes to be his father's ghost. I know when I read this in high school, I had difficulty reading it because Shakespearan language is very different from ours. Coville does a marvelous job translating Shakespeare's play, making it easier on the reader. The illustrations help the visual learner and give the story added character (after all, Shakespeare's plays were meant to be seen not heard).
This book is a credit to Shakespeare, deeply beautiful in the sad telling of the tale and in Leonid Gore¿s dark, nebulous illustrations, in acrylics and pastel. In all the darkness and expressive melancholy, it takes hold of the humor and lightness in the play. Hamlet¿s jokes against Polonius are explained, Hamlet¿s dialogue with his schoolmates, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are there, shortened, but in all their witty glory. Shakespeare¿s text is embedded in the prose of this story and reading Coville¿s prose is rich and beautiful through the gems it holds. At the end of the play, as Hamlet is dying, he begs Horatio to tell his story, and as this book closes the last page shows Horatio bending over his dear friend, bidding him, ¿goodnight sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.¿ The text then explains that Horatio does indeed tell Hamlet¿s story, and even this book is a telling in that tradition.