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Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated) Paperback – April 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Marvel Illustrated
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785148205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785148203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This graphic-novel version of the story of two sisters who live at different ends of the intellectual and emotional spectrum is a success both in its claim to merely adapting Austen and in the visual and narrative apertures it gives new readers of her nineteenth-century prose. The story unfolds almost entirely in dialogue (whereas Austen�s original was carried largely by letters exchanged), and Liew�s artwork is fully colored in soft and luminescent period hues, and his figures have a nearly bobble-headed tininess that makes them a welcome fit in antique parlors. Butler�s introduction is wise, and the story�s vocabulary and syntax are gently updated to make for smooth reading by those unfamiliar with Austen. The genteel poverty, the romance, and the family affairs remain authentic and vivid, with a subtle glaze of humor in the characters� thought balloons and expressive faces. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Nancy Butler is the award-winning author of 12 Signet Regencies and 3 novellas.

Winner of the 1998 Golden Leaf Award for Best First Novel and two Rita Awards.

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Wonderful way to bring intrest to the story to a preteen girl.
Reader
It's an excellent adaptation that is surprisingly thorough by Nancy Butler, and so much money in the bank for artist Sonny Liew.
EZ Read Staffer
The essentials of the story have been preserved, along with the romantic and comedic elements that enable the plot.
D. S. Thurlow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
artwork is adorable. i like it better than the pride & prejudice marvel illustrated. Marianne is cute, Elinor is appropriately still pretty, but more mature. story is written along a similar bend as the Emma Thompson movie version. a great way to introduce the basic story to younger boys who'd rather die than read the actual novel. Wonderful way to bring intrest to the story to a preteen girl. thankfully not detailed enough for a teen to use as a cliffnote-version, so they'd be forced to still read the full novel. considering sending copies to preteen girls for xmas!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EZ Read Staffer on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was blown out of my swivel chair by "Sense and Sensibility", the Marvel graphic novel. The thing is just adorable. It's done in pinks and pastels and tasteful little doll-like characters that warmed up my heart like a toaster. For any fan of the book, or for any person with a beating heart, this book is a must-impulse-buy. It's an excellent adaptation that is surprisingly thorough by Nancy Butler, and so much money in the bank for artist Sonny Liew.

Seriously, Sonny Liew's artwork mak...moreI was blown out of my swivel chair by "Sense and Sensibility", the Marvel graphic novel. The thing is just adorable. It's done in pinks and pastels and tasteful little doll-like characters that warmed up my heart like a toaster. For any fan of the book, or for any person with a beating heart, this book is a must-impulse-buy. It's an excellent adaptation that is surprisingly thorough by Nancy Butler, and so much money in the bank for artist Sonny Liew.

Seriously, Sonny Liew's artwork makes the entire adaptation work. If you haven't heard of him before, I recommend a large dose of Googling to preview some of his characters. The faces and features for all of the characters in "Sense and Sensibility" really stand out and match the personalities in the book; and bonus, you can recognize the characters immediately on every page. The last Marvel adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" has been a disappointment for me in the illustration department; with its 70's-tastic purple-lipped-ladies with menacing eyes and bosoms strewn hither and tither. I think Marvel got it right with Liew, who deeply understands that a sweet story needs pretty pictures.

The story of the Dashwood sisters by Austen is endearing on its own, with the romantic twists and the "coming-of-age" for all its characters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nancy Butler, who successfully translated Jane Austen's superlative "Pride and Prejuduce" into graphic novel format for Marvel Comics, here attempts the same feat for Jane Austen's earlier novel, "Sense and Sensibility." "S&S", as its fans know, might be a more difficult challenge, as much of the story is told through letters, while the plots turns on the very different approaches to romance of two long-suffering sisters. Sonny Liew provides the necessary graphic artisty.

This reviewer thinks Butler and Liew did a good to excellent job. The essentials of the story have been preserved, along with the romantic and comedic elements that enable the plot. Butler has apparently added a little dialogue for transition purposes, but this alteration may be seamless to the average reader. Sonny Liew's artwork resembles caricature in places, but is authentic to the period and more than adequate to convey the action. Readers may sympathize all over again with the struggles of the sensible and duty-bound Elinor and her passionately romantic younger sister Marianne to find suitable husbands among men who may be more or less than they seem.

"Sense and Sensibility" the graphic novel is highly recommended to those Jane Austen fans looking for a way to introduce their digital-age children or grandchildren to a classic romance novel in a form that is apt to hold their attention, and perhaps motivate them to read the original.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think the author did a decent job of adapting a very verbose novel into the graphic type of format. And I applaud Marvel for this wonderful series of books.

Where this particular book fell apart for me was the choice of artwork. The art is lovely - but highly stylized. I always feel that the strength of Austen novels is that her protagonists are very Mary Sue - easily relatable. But the artwork in this book is tiny and the characters admittedly look like a cross between Popeye and the munchkins of the Wizard of Oz. Austen is elegance and I honestly feel that is missing from the artwork. Again, it is well drawn but I just don't feel the style enhances the story in any way. The quiet simple intelligence of Elinor was lost in the "Olive Oyle" caricatures.

Despite a great love for the story, I had a *very* hard time getting through this and finishing it. Edward should never look like a Wizard of Oz Munchkin.
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By Major Movie Fan on May 18, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought the Pride & Prejudice version, now I am waiting for Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Emma.& Mansfield Park! Jane Austen would be proud!
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By kathyw on April 5, 2013
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I bought this for my 10-year-old granddaughter because she wanted to join my Jane Austen reading group. The illustrations are excellent and the prose follows the original work very well. No major plot element was left out. The very beginning was confusing to her (as it is to many 21st century readers), but after I explained the relationships and laws of inheritance she understood (but did not agree). From time to time, I questioned her about how things were going in the book and her answers were accurate. She loves the book. Her favorite character is Marianne. She hates Willoughby.
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