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The "Star Wars" Trilogy (A Del Rey book) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1993
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* The 25th anniversary edition of the bestselling original Star Wars novels: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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More than twenty-five years after the groundbreaking movie "Star Wars: A New Hope first hit the silver screen, "Star Wars remains one of the most beloved sagas ever told. Together, the three original "Star Wars movies-"A New Hope, "The Empire Strikes Back, and "Return of the Jedi-told one epic: a heroic tale of innocence lost and wisdom gained, of downfall and redemption, of the never-ending fight between the forces of good and evil. Read the story of the movies-all three in one trade paperback volume-and rediscover the wonder of the legend that begins:
"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . .
Luke Skywalker lived and worked on his uncle's farm on the remote planet of Tatooine, but he yearned to travel beyond the farthest reaches of the universe to distant, alien worlds. Then Luke intercepted a cryptic message from a beautiful, captive princess . . . and found himself catapulted into the adventure of a lifetime.
Luke Skywalker, proud Princess Leia, and headstrong Han Solo . . . merciless Darth Vader, wise Obi-Wan Kenobi, loyal droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, and the inscrutable Yoda . . . Chewbacca the Wookiee, shifty Lando Calrissian, and the vile Jabba the Hutt . . . all the vivid characters from the "Star Wars universe spring to life in these thrilling pages.
The" Star Wars Trilogy is a must-read for anyone who wants to relive the excitement, the magic, and the sheer entertainment of this legendary saga-now and forever. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first novel - entitled "Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker" (1976) - was ghost written by Alan Dean Foster, with George Lucas taking the credit. I'm amazed that Lucas continues to have his name attached to this novel, as it's well-known that he didn't author it. Even so, recent editions now state it's written by 'Visiting Distinguished Research Professor George Lucas' - which is certainly a grand title! Unfortunately this isn't a very well-written story, and Foster's attempts to inject life into the narrative often fail. It is, at best, a run-of-the-mill novelisation that poorly rehashes the screenplay. The film - written and directed by Lucas - is so much better!
The second novel - "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) - is by Donald Glut, and it's a major improvement over the first. We're presented with a fun and exciting read, which closely adheres to the film while also adding greater depth of narrative. Likewise, the third novel - "Return of the Jedi" (1983) by James Kahn - is well-written and entertaining. Indeed, we're presented not simply with an engaging and fascinating story but with quite a bit more dialogue as compared to what's featured in the film. We learn, for instance, more about how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader (including details about the lightsaber duel on a volcanic world), and about how Palpatine became the Emperor.
Since the latter two novels make-up for the flaws in the first, this trilogy is worthwhile. Indeed, even the first novel is interesting in its own way - as it demonstrates an early conception of what Lucas intended for the story of the film. Overall, this rather large book (over 600 pages in length) is certainly worth a read.