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|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Gareth Hinds is the creator of BEOWULF and other graphic novels based on classic works. Of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, he says, "I find the fairy-tale symbolism and ethical dilemmas of this play compelling, and I wanted to use the graphic novel form to present them to a modern audience." He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The artwork is dark and monochromatic. The flow of sequence is sometimes hard to follow because of the lack of bolder dividing lines and irregular box sizes. The characters are quite similar in facial features, so unless the reader is familiar with the original play, character development is hard to follow; even using the character list as a reference piece. In all, the artwork, set in a modern setting, helps the reader to visualize the events. The language used, as noted in the author¿s note, does not follow the original poetic format. The book is more of a summary with a few quoted lines used near the end of the play. This choice can also be described as a cunning way to get readers to read Shakespeare and not inundate with iambic pentameter until the end of the play, which by then, the reader will not want to stop reading the book. Overall, this rendition is a great supplemental read or a pre-read to the original play, especially for the high school student.