Twelfth Night Manga Shakespeare Book Review

5 years ago

A great combo of Shakespeare and Manga!

I was looking to read some Shakespeare today at the library when I came across Manga Shakespeare. There was a whole section of Shakespeares classics retold in the manga style. How interesting! I borrowed a few of them to see what they
were like.

I read Twelfth Night first. This version included Shakespeares original prose set in a steampunk ish 19th Century setting. For those unfamiliar with this particular play, it is about intrigue, romance, mistaken identities, and general mayhem when a set of nearly identical twins wash ashore on the beaches of an unfamiliar land.

I read the play quite quickly; it is full of quirky characters and memorable moments. Seeing them drawn into manga form truly added to the amusement. I think the manga format really adds something special to the content. Shakespeares works are, after all, meant to also be a visual treat- acted upon a stage. I only read two of Shakespeares plays in high school, but I think they would have been vastly more entertaining if we could have read them in the Manga version instead of watching our fellow, awkward classmates act out the scenes in front of the class.

I didnt find the new setting to be distracting. In fact, their goggles, clothing, and planes led to quite interesting and pretty pictures. I think the text may have been abridged, but Im not sure. The story flows well, though.

Overall, I would recommend this to others and Im looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the collection.

Have you read Manga Shakespeare?

(Picture is mine.)

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