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King Lear Hardcover – October 13, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0763643430 ISBN-10: 0763643432 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763643432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763643430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gareth Hinds says he sees the graphic novel form as "a perfect bridge between the printed word and theatrical performance." He is currently at work on a graphic-novel edition of Homer’s THE ODYSSEY. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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Gareth Hinds is the author and illustrator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels and picture books based on classic literature and mythology. Through his work he shares his love of literature with readers young and old. His recent adaptation of The Odyssey received four starred reviews, and he is the recipient of the Boston Public Library's "Literary Lights for Children" award. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife. When he's not working on a book he enjoys painting landscapes and practicing aikido.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews on February 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
King Lear is a tale about a king who is slowly descending
into madness. The King decides to divide his kingdom
between his three daughters, but instead of splitting the
kingdom equally, Lear uses a more unique way. Lear tells
his daughters whoever loves him the most will get the
largest part of the kingdom. Goneril and Regan both tell
their father that they love him more than anything in the
world, while Cordelia answers the question honestly,
enraging her father. The stage is now set for the schemes
and plotting for old King Lear's throne.

Shakespeare's plays are hard to read as normal plays. Reading
King Lear in graphic novel format was much easier. Even though some
of the speeches were shortened in the novel, it still had
the Shakespearen feel. The artwork in King Lear is rather
stunning. It shows the setting and reflects King Lear's
state of mind. It is also easy to identify characters by
the colors given to them in their clothing. I feel that
reading King Lear is much easier to read in this format
than reading it from a book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
I’m one of those people who love Shakespeare (as an English teacher it often goes with the territory). I am also a fan of Gareth Hinds other adaptations of classical works, particularly THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and THE ODYSSEY. King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, but it’s also a play that many people have difficulty understanding and following. Therefore, I’m in support of adapting to King Lear into other works so that others can become familiar with the story and the themes it raises. Storywise, Lear is an old, widower king not too far removed from dying. He decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters if they prove worthy. Full of pride, he mistakes the words of his youngest daughter and disowns her, choosing to split his realm between his remaining two daughters. However, both of those women are evil while the rejected daughter was the truly good one. The kingdom becomes caught up in a civil war between the daughters as sides are chosen and those loyal to Lear attempt to help him regain his sanity. Although I have enjoyed Hinds previous work, his adaptation of King Lear illustrates the difficulty in transcribing the text into a different medium because KING LEAR (the graphic novel) is a confusing read. Much of Shakespeare’s text remains intact, but it’s really too much for a graphic novel to handle. While reading the story, one becomes confused about who the different characters are and the details of the plot are not made clear. Hinds should be applauded for attempting to bring KING LEAR into the graphic novel form, but instead of a masterpiece of drama, the readers is left with a hodgepodge of ideas and words. In that sense, the book does resemble the rantings of Lear standing naked and shouting in the storm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Shakespeare is, of course, the backbone of many literary studies. But is there a way to add something fresh and new to the works of the ancient bard? Gareth Hinds has created the graphic novel interpretation of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, KING LEAR.

Although the presentation may be unique, the story holds true. The great king is dividing his realm. Three daughters will receive three portions, but each must prove herself worthy.

Lear's sanity is in question as he makes his demands known. The raging king could very well destroy his kingdom as he tests his descendants' loyalties.

The talent of Gareth Hinds is clearly evident in this graphic-style depiction of KING LEAR. The plot comes through loud and clear as each drawing captures both characters and emotion that words alone on the page often miss. Readers who find Shakespeare a difficult read might want to give this creative presentation a try.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maria paris on March 9, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son loved this graphic version of King Lear, and was lucky to have it signed by the author, who visited his school!
I highly recommend all of Gareth Hinds graphic novels.
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