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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: SelfMadeHero (21 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955816998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955816994
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text is abridged so things fairly rattle along [giving] Nana Li's perky, vibrant pen something to play with. --The Guardian

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pippin VINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
My 12-year old daughter has this. I bought it for her a year ago, before we saw the RSC production of Twelfth Night. A big fan of graphic novels, she loves it. Doesn't seem too bothered by the differences. She has re-read it several times and quotes chunks of the dialogue she particularly likes (without associating this with school work!). Wants Romeo and Juliet now, which I have just ordered; hope they are all as good. I would recommend this highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE on 16 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
Well illustrated and using the conventions of Manga expression to bring out the nuances in Shakespeare's text this is a great introduction to Twelfth Night for anyone who finds reading a play text difficult. Li brings to life the comedy of the play, graphically showing the anarchic sense of fun that was current in Shakespeare's time. The drawing is achingly beautiful, I'm not sure who I'm more in love with!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raynor phinnemore on 25 Dec 2012
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a useful play cllection to be used by the director and production team in the local amateur drama group, next year
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A Charming Adaptation of a Wonderful Play 26 July 2011
By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Published on Amazon.com
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Usually, I give manga versions of classics a wide berth. Though I love classics and manga, I find that the combination does not generally flatter either. However, Twelfth Night is my favorite play and the cover art looked promising, so I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did! It is completely silly and entirely delightful.

This version of the play has a steampunk feel to it, which just takes something awesome and makes it better. Orsino has a car, Antonio wears a pirate's eye-patch and the clothing is completely wild. Most of the men go about either shirtless (with an open coat of course) or with tufts of chest hair coming out the top of their low cut tops. Malvolio, when cross-gartered, looks like some sort of crazy S&M guy. Olivia wears a dress that goes down only to her knees.

So yeah, it's kind of ridiculous, but so is the play really. I mean, there is crossdressing, cases of mistaken identity, absurd sword fights, tempests and sudden declarations of love (despite supposedly having been deeply in love with others). Actually, all of these ridiculous, but hugely delightful plots, are what make this play such perfect fodder for manga. If you've ever read manga, you know what I'm talking about.

Nana Li did a great job with the illustrations. I especially loved Orsino with his emo haircut. Too perfect! Maria, one of my favorites, has been drawn in such a manner that her spunk is entirely evident. Shakespeare fans, this is incredibly nerdy and hugely amusing!
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