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Manga Classics: Macbeth

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A fine appropriation of a classic Shakespeare tale. The drawings were great and it would be a great resource for teachers who are struggling to engage students. Overall a great resource.

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Sorry, but this book wasn't my cup of tea. I had loved the Manga Classic version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and had assumed this to be written in a similar vein. But this is the original text version and not a modern English version as I had assumed. Shakespeare's original text is too convoluted for my liking and my mind keeps getting distracted. As NetGalley needs me to rate this, I am giving it three stars because I am sure it will work well for the right kind of reader. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

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If you’re looking for a visual representation of Macbeth, this manga is a good source to look into! As with other stories from UDON Entertainment, the graphics are heavily visual and the extra material provides a lot of insight into how this story came to become a comic book.

Special thanks to NetGalley, UDON Entertainment, and the editorial team for giving me the opportunity to review the ARC, and to you, my reader, for taking the time to read this honest personal book review.

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How I wish I could've had access to something like this when I was studying Macbeth during my university days! This is a great adaptation, and it was no small feat! The dialogues and rhyme elevate the manga part and the black and white of the drawings is absolutely perfect for this original story's aesthetics. This is perfect for Shakespeare connoisseurs and newbies, and I can't wait to read more Manga Classics after this one.

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TW// murder, implied off-page suicide

If you’re going to engage in any Macbeth adaptation, I highly recommend reading a synopsis of the story online first. It’s a unique play because of how it deals with guilt, paranoia, and someone essentially losing their mind, but it’s also very dense with dialogue and it’s extremely confusing. I’d seen one of the film versions of Macbeth last month and was thoroughly confused. I paused the film and started laughing halfway through because I had no clue what was going on. I was hopeful that this adaptation would help me understand the story better, but unfortunately it didn’t do that for me. I think I really need to spend some time researching Macbeth adaptations and find one that’s written in modern English so that I can finally understand this story more.

The illustrations in this manga version were beautiful. The character drawings and backgrounds were phenomenal. It sucks that I just couldn’t understand the majority of the text because I feel like understanding the text could’ve helped me appreciate the illustrations more.

The only major thing that I got out of this adaptation was the realization that Double Trouble from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban used lyrics from a song in Macbeth. It was really interesting to make that connection and realize that a song that I adore was partly inspired by this play.

I would only really recommend reading this manga classic if you’re good at understanding Shakespeare’s writing. If you struggle with Shakespeare’s writing, then this manga will unfortunately be a struggle to get through.

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Title: Macbeth
Author: William Shakespeare

A manga retelling of the classic Macbeth.

What an interesting premise. Who had the idea of retelling classics in a format and genre that will attract younger readers? It is absolutely brilliant!

I am not a fan of classics, I find them extremely overbearing, too long and drawn out and it requires too much of my attention for me to ever finish one (I did end up finish one or two and I do have a classic or two on my shelf at home which I thoroughly enjoyed). Yet, which this new format and genre I actually ended up finishing the book and now can at least pretend to know what is going on when speaking to my more cultured friends.

Although I probably won't go out of my way to read any more Manga Classics retellings, I really did enjoy this book and I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this story in a new form. This was also one of the few Manga -type books I have read and it is a style I really enjoy and will seek out when I have the opportunity (just not necessarily classics).

Definitely would recommend for high school aged children or people who dislike reading classics but still want to be able to keep up in 'cultured' conversation.

*Thank you to NetGallery and the publisher for the making the ARC available to me.

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Manga Classics: Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a stunning new manga adaptation of a classic work of literature. This book is literally tailor-made for classroom use. The classic work of literature is here in a trimmed-down form that will hold the student's interest while maintaining the integrity of the plot. Meanwhile, the cool and stylish manga-style artwork is sure to attract the attention of reluctant readers.

As a teacher myself, I am definitely happy to see this book and this series in general. I often have to teach classic works of literature to students who are reading below grade level, who are still learning English, or who have no interest in reading books without pictures. These books are a life-saver for teachers like me. If you're intrigued by the description, or if you're a fan of manga, I highly recommend that you check out this book, which is available now!

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Macbeth is a great play, so getting to see it in manga form had me excited. This didn't fail. I think the artist depicted the story well and gave each character the right appeal.

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Interesting way to narrate a classic.

This is a manga adaptation of a classic tale by Shakespeare. There are witches, prophecies, murder...

The art is consistent and good to look at, the story surprisingly is also quite interesting.

If you are a fan of the original tale, I recommend to check this one.

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as someone who really enjoyed the book, I think I may have enjoyed this graphic novel a bit more!
Thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for providing me with an Earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Macbeth as a manga was pleasantly surprising and enjoyable, it was a great experience, it made the story a little bit more interesting to say the least.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for a copy of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.

This is the second Shakespeare adaptation I have read in manga form - my last read of 2021 was R&J in manga form, so it seems fitting my first read of 2022 is the Scottish Play in manga form - and I am glad I had the chance to read it. I do enjoy reading the Bard's work, but I forgot that I struggle to read his tragedies - save for Romeo and Juliet because that is just teenagers being dumb. Having this story in manga form definitely helps with understanding a lot of the context, but unfortunately a lot of the characters started to blend together in the way they looked so it was getting difficult to keep track of who was who. Overall, I enjoyed reading this adaptation, and I think if you: A) want to challenge yourself to read the Scottish Play/any of Shakespeare's tragedies'; B) you really love this show in particular; C) you like reading manga; D) need to get a better grasp of Macbeth for school; or E) any/all of the above or something completely different I forgot, you should check this out. 3.5/5

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DNF at page 20. Unfortunately I was not following the story. The old timey writing was hard for me to understand and follow. I am hoping it was just because it was Shakespeare. I am looking forward to trying more Manga Classics.

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I read Macbeth in high school and actually really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it so much in Manga form. It was just so confusing with all the pictures. At times I wouldn’t know what to read in what order because it felt like a jumbled mess. Of all the manga classics I’ve read, this one was probably my least favorite.

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I was really curious how an old classic can be adapted into manga form, so that's the main reason I wanted to read this book, and it didn't disappoint. I wouldn't say it can replace reading the original, but it sure makes the whole thing easier to understand and digest. I wish we had these at school, it would have made things so much more enjoyable.

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Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book! The title and this beautiful cover drew me in and i was excited to read this book! I will be recommending this book to others for readers advisory

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I have been in and out of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The literary one always made me too anxious! I was afraid I wouldn't grasp what it actually stands for.
But this Manga edition made me at ease and was so pleased to enjoy the book!! Also I'm a great fan of Manga's itself so extra happy:)
It's a must read, I must say.
But fyi, the manga version has its own Characteristics!! If you love manga or wanna try out , please read this :))

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A famous story being told as a manga is fantastic to new readers who wants to know Shakespeare's works in a different or simplified way other than his traditional plays. Good job !

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Listen y'all: I am a great big Shakespeare nerd. Always have been. I have a tattoo covering a huge chunk of my arm that is a recreation of text as printed in the First Folio. And I would not have guessed it, but it turns out? Manga is the PERFECT medium for Shakespeare's works, and I will not rest until I have reread them all this way.

I know a lot people I studied with in school turn up their noses at the very idea, but hear me out: Shakespeare's works have the Drama set to an eleven all the time. You know what medium also has that by default? Manga. It's such a perfectly natural fit, especially for something like the Scottish Play, which is so deeply melodramatic from moment one that I can't believe I haven't seen a manga/anime adaptation of it before.

This adaptation does such an excellent job using traditional manga elements to give life to Shakespeare's words that it truly does bring new life to a several-centuries-old story. Part of what I love about Shakespeare is how his works can exist in so many different forms, and I think this one will especially appeal to fans of either genre--or anyone having to read it for school who isn't enjoying it at all! I know a lot of the kids in my high school English classes would've had a lot more fun reading this play if they'd had this version available at the time. I hope teachers today take the opportunity to have their students check out Manga Shakespeare; it can only provide deeper enjoyment for natural readers of Shakespeare, while providing a new access point for students who don't connect with the material yet.

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The manga classics series is the perfect way to introduce reluctant readers to classic novels or introduce classic novel fans to manga. This series has shown to bring vivid expression and detail in a way that fully engages the reader with the work while honoring the original work! Shakespeare would absolutely love this rendition of his work and his fans should pick up their own copy as soon as possible.

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