Synopses & Reviews
With elegant, contemporary artwork and a faithful but succinct adaptation, this graphic novel casts a classic drama in a provocative new light.
Here is the tale of young Bassanio, who, to win the love of fair Portia, entangles his dearest friend, Antonio, in a dangerous bargain with the moneylender Shylock. Only Bassanio's heartfelt efforts and a clever intervention by Portia will save Antonio from paying Shylock a pound of flesh.
Moody and mesmerizing, this graphic novel adaptation of one of Shakespeare's more controversial plays boast a chic modern cast, high drama, and all the dark, familiar beauty of Venice.
"Hinds's beautiful new offering now sets the standard that all others will strive to meet....Easily on a par with his stellar adaptation of Beowulf, it's a captivating, smartly executed work." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"[A] powerful visual showcase for Shakespeare's work..." Booklist
"[R]eaders looking for an accessible introduction to the plot, major characters, and themes of The Merchant of Venice will enjoy this visually appealing book." School Library Journal
Moody and mesmerizing, this graphic novel adaptation of one of the bard's more controversial plays boasts a chic modern cast, high drama, and all the dark, familiar beauty of Venice. Elegant artwork and succinct yet faithful adaptation cast a provocative new light on The Merchant of Venice.
About the Author
Gareth Hinds is the creator of Beowulf and other graphic novels based on classic works. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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