Manga Shakespeare; Julius Caesar.

Author:Galuschak, George
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

Manga Shakespeare; Julius Caesar. Text adaptation by Richard Appignanesi. Art by Mustashrik. Abrams, Amulet. 208p. illus, c2008. 978-0-8109-7072-4. $9.95. JSA

Manga Shakespeare: Julius Caesar tells the story of the Roman military and political leader's assassination. Brutus is Caesar's friend, but plots his death because he is afraid that he will abolish the Senate and crown himself king. The conspirators lure Caesar to the Senate and stab him 33 times on the Ides of March. Alas, Brutus's nobility is his downfall: he lets Mark Antony--a Caesar loyalist--live and even allows him to speak at the funeral. Antony enflames the crowd to riot and seizes control of Rome; Brutus and fellow conspirator Cassius flee. After a clash of armies at the plains of Philippi, Brutus is defeated and runs into his own sword.

This is a fine adaptation of one of Shakespeare's best historical tragedies. The text retains the flavor of the original language...

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