Macbeth by William Shakespeare adapted by Crystal S. Chan
Series: Manga Classics
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Published September 1st 2018
Genres: Manga, Classics
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Macbeth, the Thane of Cawdor, is a loyal subject to Duncan, the King of Scotland. At least, he used to be. With tempting words and treacherous images, three witches and his own wife inspire Macbeth to a terrible act of treason and murder. As one murder follows another, Macbeth begins to lose his grip upon both his sanity and his hard-won kingdom – but what could possibly unseat him from his bloody throne?
Featuring lush visuals and the FULL, ORIGINAL TEXT of Shakespeare’s brutal Scottish tragedy, Macbeth is the second title in Manga Classics ‘ Shakespeare line, an unflinching version of this classic tale!
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
I just recently read Macbeth because I’ve been wanting to read it for way to long, and when I saw this, I just decided to go for it. Only to learn this is actually the freaking Original Text!! The synopsis I read didn’t say it and the book’s cover was tiny and I didn’t see it written there… So basically I just read Macbeth twice.
I’ve read only one play by Shakespeare before and to be honest, this one was slightly more difficult to read, although I loved it even more. This is such an intense story and I loved to read it in manga format! My original edition is the Folger Shakespeare Library and it helps to understand some words/expressions. But so did the manga, because by seeing the characters, their actions and emotions it also helped visualizing it more!
This is an incredibly tragic, dramatic and bloody play and I was all for it! I love all the mysteriousness and darkness of it and how crazy everything turned out! It’s not very easy to talk much about this play without spoiling it, but I do have to say this… Those witches give me the creeps! after those prophecies, everything just came down and well… That end was just WTF. I was NOT expecting it and I think it’s amazing. That’s all I’m gonna say.
The manga design was really good and quite detailed like always, pretty much like Romeo and Juliet, but in my opinion even more expressive, which is not one of my fav things, but it does fits the drama quite well. My fav design was of Macduff. I just really liked how he was portrayed.
Overall I really liked reading this and it made me finally read the original classic, which is always a plus. I really didn’t know what to expect before reading the original book’s version, but I’m actually happy I got to experience both and I LOVE that this contains the actual Original Text. I believe it invites more people to read classics and in this case to actually read the full novel in a more enjoyable and accessible way! It’s a great idea and I’m a BIG fan of the Manga Classics collection. I really think you guy’s should give it a try!
Have you read Macbeth yet? What about any of the Manga Classic editions? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!