This beautiful manga retelling of Hawthorn’s classic American novel is faithfully adapted by Crystal S. Chan and features stunning artwork by SunNeko Lee which will give old and new readers alike a fresh insight into this tragic saga of Puritan America.
About the Author
Crystal S. Chan is an award-winning author and television screen play writer. She holds a degree in language and literature. Crystal is a huge fan of authors such as Jane Austen and she is equally passionate about Sailor Moon. Her passion for classic literature combined with her love of the comics medium allows her to strike a solid balance between preserving the depth of the original content while adapting the language for a younger generation.
SunNeko Lee is a talented artist who works in two worlds: comics, and animation. At an early age she made her professional debut as a comic strip artist before moving to character design and storyboard work in the animation industry. SunNeko’s work for the Manga Classics project allows her to celebrate her passion for the comic arts. Lee’s artist alias, SunNeko, combines her love of cats and the warmth of the sun (Neko is cat in Japanese).
Date of Birth:July 4, 1804
Date of Death:May 19, 1864
Place of Birth:Salem, Massachusetts
Place of Death:Plymouth, New Hampshire
Education:Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824
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2016 Selection for Texas Library Association's Mavericks Graphic Novel Reading List.
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It's amazing how they've interpret this classic story into a manga. Truly epic. I can't wait for the next wave of manga classics to come . I hope they'll do manga version of Jules Verne 20,000 leagues under the sea or Miguel Servantes Don Quixote.
What happens when a woman breaks the foundational rules of the Puritan beliefs? As a part of the Puritan community, she is forced to wear the letter “A” in scarlet on her chest at all times, to represent the adultery she committed. She refuses to expose both the child’s father and her own husband, despite the township’s demands. But secrets run deep and even the best in the community may yet be revealed as hypocrites to the faith they so strongly uphold. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter is a classic rewritten. It takes the renowned The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and illustrates it with gorgeous manga. This version of the tale keeps to the original as much as it is able, including the most important scenes, characters, and plot. The tone of the story and the characters from the classic version are upheld well, showing the impishness of little Pearl and the stoic bitterness of her mother. The dense, descriptive prose that nearly defines Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter could not be communicated in this Manga version, however. Manga is known more for its illustrations and plot, making the descriptive prose nearly impossible to communicate. The speech of the characters was also written in a more modern style to accommodate the younger readers the creators hoped to draw with the Manga adaption. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter is a beautifully crafted Manga perfect for readers who wish to experience a classic without wading through the dense prose. But I would still recommend reading the original to get the full effect of the story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions shared are expressly my own.
What a great way to introduce kids, teens etc. to a classic story. This graphic novel sticks pretty close to the original story. Hester Pryn gives birth to a beautiful baby girl, the problem is that she is not married to the father of the child and she will not give the name of the father. She actually ends up in prison with her daughter, Pearl and must wear the scarlet "A" on her chest for the rest of her days. It is easy to figure out who the father is and why she will not reveal the name. The illustrations are wonderful and in the true manga style. A book that should be in every school library to introduce older youth and teens to these classics. Who knows, they might search out the original after reading this. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.