The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice

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Series: Manga Shakespeare   

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Annotation: In sixteenth-century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Catalog Number: #52329
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Manga Manga
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Yong, Faye,
Pages: 207 pages
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8109-9717-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-50875-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8109-9717-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-50875-0
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 2010021938
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
APPIGNANESI, Richard , adapt. Twelfth Night . illus. by Nana Li. CIP. ISBN 978-0-8109-9718-9 . LC 2010024429. ea vol: 208p. (Manga Shakespeare Series). Abrams/Amulet . 2011. pap. $10.95. Gr 7 Up&12; These books follow a similar format: initial pages are in color and introduce the characters with a portrait and quote from the play, thus revealing their personalities. An introductory color page contains an image of the setting. Manga is in black and white. Beginning at the front, texts read from left to right. The drama is revealed through brief snippets of actual dialogue, with images supplying the additional information needed to appreciate the story. This format allows the play to unfold as a "performance" rather than relying on explanatory text to convey meaning. Both artists use careful panel placement and point of view, enhancing the pacing and drama. They also rely on the use of chibi to underscore emotions. Imaginative imagery reinforces the unique Shakespearean turns of phrase. Yong's illustrations set The Merchant of Venice in a fairie world with fanciful creatures such as flying dragons. Faces are drawn with sharp-pointed noses and ears resembling Star Trek Vulcans. Readers familiar with Vulcan insistence on logic will appreciate this contrast with the logic used in the courtroom scene. Twelfth Night offers a more traditional manga style. The twins are drawn with large eyes. Emotions are conveyed through tears, sweat drops, reaction "close-up" shots, and other traditional manga techniques. This drama sports considerably more action, complemented by sound effects. The abrupt scene changes, with no advance visual cues, sometimes makes following the plot difficult. Back matter includes a plot summary and brief Shakespeare biography. Additional purchases.&12; Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12

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.

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