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Thirteen years ago Prospero, the Duke of Milan, was robbed of his title by his brother Antonio and sent to die at sea with his baby daughter Miranda. They survived and made their home on a remote island. One day a ship carrying some important passengers passes near the island. Prospero, now a powerful magician, creates a big storm and makes it sink. All the passengers, manage to get to the island safely. The storm is part of Prospero’s plan for revenge.
The Mormons, London in the 1800s
Prospero-like in their artistry, Spirin's dazzling watercolors dominate this retelling of Shakespeare's final play. Shaped like altar panels fit for a Renaissance church or palace, the illustrations are romantic, regal and magical, richly interpreting the play's themes of betrayal, revenge and all-conquering love. A wispy ethereal air pervades island scenes, beautifully suggesting the atmosphere of enchantment, while Antonio and the King of Naples are pictured in brocade and velvet, the stench of power upon them. The other characters, too, are both otherworldly and very much flesh and blood. Especially well rendered is the monster Caliban, shown here as part man, part beast, part mythical creature, a sense of evil glee lighting his features. While this prose adaptation does not, of course, retain the full magic of the Bard's work, Beneduce nonetheless provides an intelligent, gripping story. Several passages from Shakespeare introduced at key points give a taste of the original. Symbols and small pictures integrated into the text further enhance the lavish presentation. All ages.