Love. Sex. Violence. Vengeance. The themes in William Shakespeare's plays feel timeless, even if his centuries-old texts such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream do not.
Shakespeare Made Clear brings Shakespeare to life with:
• Complete original text of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
• Line-by-line modern-day translation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an easy-to-read format
• Detailed analyses of the characters and themes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• Synopsis and scene-by-scene summaries of the entire play
• Useful notes on Shakespeare's life, relevant history, and Elizabethan language
Coville follows up his version of The Tempest (see p. 84) with a retelling of another of Shakespeare's most popular plays. The fundamental story of magic, mischief and the trials and tribulations of love is preserved through well-chosen use of the original language and Coville's heady prose ("The queen... saw the ass-headed monstrosity through magic-drenched eyes"). Major plot lines are clearly and concisely rendered, but it is the portrayal of the various levels of humor-from Bottom's buffoonery to Puck's gleeful magic-making-that really captures the essence of the play. Nolan's (Dinosaur Dream) sumptuous, painterly watercolors highlight the theatrical setting of the spellbound wood. Gnarled, mossy trees provide the backdrop for a cast of unusually youthful lovers, gossamer-winged fairies (which nod at Rackham's famous interpretations) and a truly puckish Puck. A first-rate entree to the Bard. Ages 7-up.