Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) SparkNotes

ISBN: 9781411498747

Published: January 25th 2008


216 pages


Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)  by  SparkNotes

Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) by SparkNotes
January 25th 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9781411498747 | 10.74 Mb

This graphic novelization of Shakespeares most famous -- but maybe not his best -- play absolutely stunned me. Ive already read the play twice and seen I-dont-know-how-many recreations on stage, in film, and on television, and so I confess my expectations for this newer interpretation were quite low.

What fresh air could a graphic novel possibly breathe into a story so common its become a cliche? Youll be surprised. Or at least I was.For one thing, the artwork is fabulous: beautiful, inventive, playful, modern. For another, the novel uses modified English that communicates Shakespeares themes clearly but doesnt water them down. This version of the play will be an exciting tool in my classroom -- already I wish I had bought thirty copies instead of just one -- but more than that, it is a piece of art in itself. When I hit the last page, when the Capulets and the Montagues finally reconciled their age-old rivalry, I felt my eyeballs burn with tears, as though I were reading Romeo & Juliet for the first time.

Its that good. Highly recommended, even if youre not an English teacher who, like me, is just looking for stuff to help him teach the play for the first time.

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