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Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Classics (Hardcover)) Hardcover – November 17, 2010
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About the Author
One of England s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen s request, her personal correspondence after Austen s death in 1817. Austen s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
Sonny Liew was born in Malaysia, but he now lives in Singapore. He has worked on comics, computer games, and illustrations for many different comic and game publishers. He has been a featured illustrator in the critically acclaimed Flight series.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
I found myself chuckling over the quirky illustrations that distinguished each character well even in those small frames. Though quirky, there was a definite timeless feel to the art with its soft colors and lighting along with the nice authentic detail work to the clothing and backdrops.
The choice in which scenes to use from the original when it came to the writing was excellent. I felt that I was getting the best highlights and scenes from the original storyline. The condensing of the story into the illustrated version was smooth flowing and easy to follow the plot. In fact there were a few scenes that were a delightful surprise because I hadn't remembered them until reading this delightful book.
I enjoyed it so much that I plan to go back and find the Illustrated Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey now.
I recommend this for all the Janeites out there who want to try something a little different in regard to her work and I recommend this to those who are daunted by thick unabridged novels, but still have a desire to read Jane Austen's work.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nancy Butler adapts Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility beautifully by remaining faithful to the original story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Cute and short comic liked it. I good way to get a child possibly interested in classic literaturePublished 8 months ago by C. Reynoso
You can't go wrong with Jane Austen unless you accidentally stumble across Northanger Abbey.Published 11 months ago by Deborah A. Blood
This graphic adaptation was one of the best I have ever read. If I had not been assigned to read this graphic novel, I may have never known how much I would love it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ashley
They did a great job on depicting the characters as I had always imagined them to be upon reading Jane Austin's beloved characters.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is my favorite Jane Austen novel, which might be surprising since so many people prefer Pride and Prejudice. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Skiff
Am on a classic novel kick and found this book difficult to read. Jane Austen's writing style coupled with the 'Old English' off point language was laborious for me.Published 16 months ago by Cris
Unfortunately it does not have the literary value of Pride and Prejudice. Not even by far. The novel is lengthy and it only gets exciting towards the end. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Iuliana Isac