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review 2017-01-04 16:29
Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter Softcover - SunNeko Lee,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan,Nathaniel Hawthorne

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.*

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

 

I was first interested in this book, because I’m starting to branch out to reading more manga and I wanted to see how a classic story like The Scarlet Letter would translate to a manga. Overall, I think it’s a huge success. The story itself stays true to the original and the overall main points are still hit, which was a concern of mine when I started it. The pictures are beautifully done, and while I think there were a few too many panels of the priest “clutching his chest,” overall, it works out to be a quick read for a classic, captivating story.

 

Its strength really lies in how the novel is written in the first place. Hawthorne is someone who likes to be wordy and include a lot of description that is able to simply be shown in the drawings — no need to worry about five pages of foliage, when the foliage is right there in the pictures; it cuts down a lot on the slog and lets the reader focus on the story and characters in general. For people who don’t find Hawthorne’s style to be engaging, but who might like this overall story, reading Manga Classics would be a great way for them to be introduced to this story.

 

I can also see this as an amazing addition in the classroom, since it can be used as a tool for lower-level readers or those who have a problem with reading a lot of words stay engaged with the story and be able to participate in overall discussions on theme, characters, etc. It can also be used in a lesson where students can compare different story-telling formats and analyze the differences of manga versus prose. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? Which do they personally prefer? Tons of possible lessons if you introduce a book like this to your classroom.

 

The Manga Classics version of The Scarlet Letter is a great read and definitely something to check out if you have a struggling reader who wants a bit of help getting through the story, or even if you just want to experience this story in a new format. Very well done — I recommend it.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2438
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review 2015-05-23 16:48
Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter Softcover - SunNeko Lee,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan,Nathaniel Hawthorne

Read full review at: http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr/2015/05/review-manga-classics-scarlet-letter-by.html

 

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

 

Another Manga Classics of another amazing classic novel! After reading Pride and Prejudice, I just needed to read other adaptations that this series included. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a tragic novel and I was curious to see how it would work out. As it turned out, there wasn't any reason for me to worry, as the manga did justice to this touching story.


The adaptation of this novel was as good as the one in Pride and Prejudice. Every important scene was included, giving us the chance to witness not only the progression of the story, but the changes in the characters as well. Sometimes the dialogues felt less heavy than in the actual novel, but this fact made it easier to get through, so I wouldn't say that it bothered me. I also thought that some of the dialogue was transformed in a way that would be easier for the modern reader to digest. So, even if someone hasn't read the original novel would be drawn to the story. Of course, if you are a purist you may find this disturbing.

 

Judging only from the cover I suspected that the illustration would be beautiful. And I was absolutely right! The faces of the protagonists were so expressive that even without reading the dialogue I could guess what they were thinking. The expression Hester had on her face when she was holding baby Pearl, during her public shaming, was astounding. The angry and defensive face transformed into a tender one, just by looking at her baby. The change on Arthur's face, the husband of Hesther, from the beginning of the novel, also showed what he felt and how his need for vengeance transformed him into a different and malicious man, a fiend as he called himself. Baby Pearl was just so cute, and even a little older she was cute as well, with those big innocent eyes and the bright smile. Another aspect that I really loved about the illustration was the letter A. Most of the the manga are black and white, but in this one the A was always painted red. This not only underlined the letter that gave its name to the novel, but also stood as a constant reminder of the significance it had on the lives of the protagonists.

 

The Scarlet Letter confirmed what I thought about Manga Classics and now I seriously need to find and read any other adaptations there are in the series. If you are an old fan of the classic novel, or a new reader, I believe you will enjoy greatly this version. It's a different take on the story, but without losing any of it's essence.

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review 2015-02-17 21:08
The Scarlet Letter
Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter Softcover - SunNeko Lee,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan,Nathaniel Hawthorne

Expected Publication: March 10th

 

Last year I read the manga-ization (I know that's not a word, but how would you call it?) of Les Miserables and enjoyed it a lot more than I had expected. I found it a very clever way to introduce people to classics, especially so with classics that might seem a bit daring (like my two-year-and-counting struggle with the 'real' Les Miserables). So, when I saw this new so-called Manga Classic on Netgalley I really wanted to give it a try, even though I was not familiar with the story of The Scarlet Letter.

 

I was not disappointed. Just like my earlier experience, this felt like a great introduction to the actual book. I now plan to read the original book, which I think must mean this book was a success. Since I haven't read the original book yet I can't discuss just how well the manga follows the book, but I didn't feel like I was missing out on a lot of extra information that was withheld. The artwork is a bit sober perhaps but it fits great with the Puritan setting (though I can't believe they wouldn't have the whole genre labelled as sinful).

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2014-12-04 21:34
TBR Thursday #17 - Part 2
Coral & Bone - Tiffany Daune
Zhukov's Dogs - Amanda Cyr
The Messenger - Pamela DuMond
Dziewczyna z pociągu - Paula Hawkins
Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter Softcover - SunNeko Lee,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan,Nathaniel Hawthorne
Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale - Marina Warner

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

Part two of the gigantic pile of new books for this week. I'm going to keep this post short. I feel very tired suddenly and I've got a headache. Feel free to ask me about the books, I'll answer later!

 

 

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review 2014-08-09 07:31
Les Misérables (Manga)
Manga Classics: Les Miserables Hardcover - Victor Hugo

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

 

I've been struggling for years to read Les Misérables (the book, that is). When I'm reading I really like the prose, but somehow, I never read very much or long, as I'm still not finished. I started over two years ago. I've since watched the musical and the newest movie-adaptation, so I'm familiar with the rest of the story, but when I came across this manga classic I was very curious to see what they had made from the story.

 

I was not disappointed, I'd dare say I really liked it. I haven't read enough manga to be able to judge the artwork, but I felt it quite fitted the story. I think they did a good job translating the story into manga, as far as I can tell.(The passages in the book I believed were unnecessary long, like 'Waterloo' are luckily only half a page in the manga).

 

I think this is a good way of bringing literary classics to people who otherwise might not have read them, (and also for people who, like myself enjoy reading classics). Unlike the book, this manga can be read in a single evening. For now, I feel renewed energy to tackle Mt. Les Mis (I still need to read the last 900 pages, so I better brave myself). I saw they were starting a new series of these manga classic, I'll definitely check out some of the other titles...

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