Cover, Arthur Byron, adapter. William Shakespeare's Macbeth.COVER, Arthur Byron, adapter. William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Illus. by Tony Leonard Tamai. Penguin, Puffin Graphics. 176p. illus. c2005.0-142-40409-8. $9.99. JSA JSA - Japanese Standards Association.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's nastier tragedies. Macbeth murders his liege liege
In European feudal society, an unconditional bond between a man and his overlord. Thus, if a tenant held estates from various overlords, his obligations to his liege lord, to whom he had paid “liege homage,” were greater than his obligations to the other in his sleep in order to become king, and then enacts a series of bloody deeds that culminate in his own violent death. This graphic novel is set on another planet, "a combination of the settings of Larry Niven's Ringworm ringworm or tinea (tĭn`ēə), superficial eruption of the skin caused by a fungus, chiefly Microsporum, Trichophyton, or Epidermophyton. and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels." Unfortunately, there are places where the SF setting simply does not work. The characters live in Scotland (the planet, maybe?); refer to the dragons they ride as horses; and--despite possessing advanced technology--live in castles under a form
of medieval feudalism feudalism (fy`dəlĭzəm), form of political and social organization typical of Western Europe from the dissolution of Charlemagne's empire to the rise of the absolute monarchies. . There are other issues: when the three witches hall Macbeth for the first time. the line "Hail, Macbeth, that shalt shalt
A second person singular present tense of shall. be king hereafter" is not in the text. Since this is one of the most important lines in the play, its omission is regrettable. The artwork is sketchy, and at times looks like it was done with a computer (some characters/images are obviously cut and pasted onto a setting). This version of Macbeth certainly has its flaws. However, the graphic novel's exotic setting may attract readers who would otherwise skip the play. Macbeth contains violence, and is an optional purchase for libraries with graphic novel collections. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ
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