The Merchant of Venice, one of the Bard's most enduring plays, explores themes of forgiveness, prejudice, and fairness, all of which remain vital topics today. In the Manga Shakespeare version, the setting and themes of the play take on new meaning as adapted by the artists guiding the series. Whether readers are fans of the Bard or of manga, this is a story that will captivate and engage, even after four hundred years.
About the Author
Faye Yong left Malaysia to pursue an illustration degree in the United Kingdom. She has a weakness for shoujo manga and anything with a happy ending.
Date of Death:2018
Place of Birth:Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Place of Death:Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought the manga copy of "The Merchant of Venice" because we were studying the play in class. I found that have the pictures depicted the emotion of the characters. This insight aided answering the weekly questions, made the original more enjoyable to read and was able to ace the quiz. Definately recommend getting this instead of cliff notes or sparks.
With gorgeous manga-style illustrations, this version of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is a compelling representation of the Bard's famous play about the Jewish moneylender. The three intertwined plots - Antonio's bond with Shylock, Bassanio's suit, and Jessica's escape from her cruel father - are all brought together in an undoubtedly less intimidating way than Shakespeare's original play. Having read and thoroughly dissected almost every single word of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE as a student recently, this manga still managed to provide me with new insights and details that might not have been noticed from reading the actual play. An interesting aspect of the volume: word choice. It reads like Shakespeare's original, although it isn't quite the same - yes, I dug out my copy of the play and compared the two. The manga uses the same writing style, vocabulary, and similar sentence structure, but is slightly more condensed. I vastly prefer this method to a simple rewrite of the great Bard's words, as most of Shakespeare's lyricism was not lost. This is a great introduction into Shakespeare for those who feel the urge to curl up in a fetal position each time the Bard's name is mentioned. And for Shakespeare fanatics, the volume is a fresh new look at greedy Shylock, self-sacrificing Antonio, and beautiful and cunning Portia.