A taut adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterwork by Gareth Hinds — the standard-bearer of graphic-novel retellings of literary classics.
In a graceful adaptation, Gareth Hinds transforms Shakespeare’s timeless tale of pride and defiance, loyalty and ambition, betrayal and revenge into graphic-novel format, packing it with visual drama and providing accessible notes. This artful edition — like an extraordinary stage performance — offers a striking new perspective on one of the most powerful and beloved tragedies in the English language. Incorporating excerpts from the bard’s own language, Gareth Hinds’s inventive format opens the experience of King Lear to students and fans of graphic literature.
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Gareth Hinds says he sees the graphic novel form as “a perfect bridge between the printed word and theatrical performance.” He is currently at work on a graphic novel edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. He lives in Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This version of King Lear is a Graphic Novel adaptation of the original story. Obviously, it will be an easier read since you have pictures to look at and shortened text. The pictures in this book do a wonderful job expressing the action in the story.I am not a fan of graphic novels, and I am not a fan of Shakespeare (gasp!). That combination did not make for an enjoyable experience with this book. Needless to say I read as quickly as I could just so I could get it over with. However, I think this could be an enjoyable book for anyone who likes Shakespeare.If I were to use this book in class, it would have to be at t a high school level. I think it may be a good introduction for students before reading the actual novel of King Lear. It would give them some background knowledge as to what to expect in the story.
I love Shakespeare. I love the Paul Scofield version of this play on video and I loved watching the RSC with Ian McKellan several years ago. I've read some fabulous graphic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. This is not one of them. While Hinds is definitely a talented artist, the choice to use mostly pastels in a dark play is off-putting. The characters are very hard to distinguish and it took me a while to follow the dialogue. Hinds explains why he selectlvely edited text portions, and, while I know every production of the play is edited in some form, some of Hinds's choices seemed arbitrary.
I'm all in favor of adaptations of Shakespeare; graphic novels do a great job showing readers who is speaking, who is in a scene, facial expressions, etc. I also LOVE the fact that the reader isn't constantly interrupted by footnotes, as one is when reading most Shakespeare texts. The artwork in this version is very well-done. The comic conventions of sound effects ("Shkkk!"--two swords cross; "Whock!" --Edgar takes out Oswald) in particular add a lot to the understanding & enjoyment of the reader. However, there were a few problems. Most characters' appearances are very consistent, but the artist couldn't remember from page-to-page what Cordelia was supposed to look like. In the first scene, she's shown wearing her hair in braids. Turn one page, and she now has sausage curls. And a hat. I also couldn't decide in what period the novel was set--Lear is dressed in his customary fashion, with a Zeus-style robe; Queen Cordelia dresses in Elizabethan style, though the doctor she brings to attend her father is wearing a Victorian-style coat with a capelet, à la Sherlock Holmes. Edmund looks extremely young--about 14--when we first encounter him; it's hard for us to believe that a skinny little stripling such as he attracts the attention of powerful women like Regan and Goneril.