The Merchant of Venice
A stylish, modern adaptation of Shakespeare's dark comedy, with backgrounds drawn on location in Venice.
The text is adapted for clarity, and transitions from simple, modern prose to original Shakespearean verse as the play progresses.
In a starred review, Kirkus calls it "the standard that all others will strive to meet" for Shakespeare adaptation.
This is probably my most underrated book. It doesn't have much action, but it's an extremely fun read, and yet people often overlook it. I blame the cover.
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