Sunday, March 23, 2014

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for. (Goodreads)

This one had my husband's name written all over it.

Sean's Guest Review:
I blazed through this book in one day. It is exactly what you think it would be, the basic story of Star Wars A New Hope, written in the parlance of the Bard. Though I had difficulty comprehending the real Shakespeare, I found this tale most enjoyable and understandable, as I am overly familiar with the movie, so was able to extrapolate the meaning of the archaic terminology employed herein. At times funny, at times sad, always an adventure; I really enjoyed this book.It helps that there are many parallels between some Star Wars characters and some Shakespeare characters. Knights, good hearted scoundrels, complex father-son relationships and student/mentor relationships, even fate and destiny. All in all a fun, light hearted romp "in time so long ago begins our play, in star-crossed galaxy far, far away." Genius.

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Lisa said...

I've been thinking I needed to pick up these books for my boys - glad to hear that they will enjoy them.