Hinds, Gareth. The Merchant of Venice.

Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2008.

“Based on the play by William Shakespeare,” it says, so I guess I was expecting a “Classics Illustrated” vanilla version of the story, but I was wrong.

Hinds sticks closely to the original plot, even occasionally using some of the Bard’s own words, but his Venetians are all in modern dress and speak colloquial 21st-century English. He also leaves out a few scenes here and there, to tighten things up, and the comic relief characters of Launcelot Gobbo and his aged father are completely missing. (That’s okay, they didn’t really add much to the story.) All in all, if you haven’t read Merchant in the decades since you left school, this graphic adaptation will bring it all back to you, and in both an entertaining and an educational way.

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