I received an ARC of Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter from NetGalley provided by Udon Entertainment for an honest book review.
Adapted by : Crystal S. Chan
Artist : Sunneko Lee
Dialogue editor: Stacy King
“The Scarlet Letter”
This is a novel based on the infamous classic The Scarlet Letter.
In the puritan community of the seventeenth-century Boston was ruled by religious laws. Anybody who was found guilty of sin was executed or exiled from the community. In walks Hester Prynne who just gave birth to a beautiful baby. The problem? The father is not Hester’s husband. The consequences of this adulterous act result in Hester to be branded with the letter A on her chest. From an unknown lover to a very outraged husband, this story is a classic that has been retold for years.
This was the first novel I have read that was redone in manga style.
I devoured it and I’m hungrily searching for more.
Even though I have not read the actual piece of literature, I was immediately sucked in by the story. The story was told in vivid pictures evoking sympathy outrage and empathy for Hester.
I was absolutely enthralled by the manga style. This is probably because of my love for anime but I obsessed over every single block with Hester. On some of the pages, I was lightly struck by a picture and it would trickle through my veins and leave me frozen in an ice block of roaring emotions.
Religion VS God
Love VS Hate
What I Liked:
I loved the illustrations. I can not emphasize how much I related to the drawings. I did not need the book to tell me how the characters felt because it was reflected in their eyes screaming from their entire being.
What I did not like:
There were a few times that a set of frames were missing that was needed for the transition of emotions. Since sometimes there was an immediate transition which made it a bit confusing to understand/relate to the scene completely.
Rating for this manga novel:
As this is my first rating for a manga novel I am giving this a 3/5.
* * */ 5
A really good book with fantastic illustrations but I do feel some of the strings to attach the story were missing. Especially the story of the scorned husband.
I would recommend that (unlike me) to first read the actual book so you can appreciate the manga more and have a bit more background about the characters.
I recommend this book for anybody who has been intimidated by The Scarlet letter and other classics before but that always wanted to read it.
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