Macbeth. The ELT Graphic Novel [Review]


As I was ordering easy readers for our English section at the bookstore, I was unsure whether I wanted to have graphic novels as well. The representative of Helbling Languages, which distributes the readers in Austria, kindly offered me a sample copy. This does in no way affect my opinion of this book.

At the moment Helbling Languages has stocked four different graphic novels, all of them for levels B1/B2. I was torn between ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Macbeth’ but in the end I settled for the story with the witches and daggers.

Synopsis: King Duncan would have a united Scotland but it has been divided for centuries. In order to have peace, he sends his armies to subdue those clans who would not pledge their loyalty to him. Amongst the noblemen leading Duncan’s army, is Macbeth, Thane of Glamis. Three witches predict that Macbeth will be made Thane of Cawdor, then king. This promise slowly drives the power-hungry yet loyal Macbeth insane.

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Fingersmith [Review]


Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger for Historical Crime Fiction

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize & the Orange Prize

Synopsis: Orphaned shortly after birth, Susan Trinder grows up amongst thieves and swindlers in 19th century London. During a stormy night the conman Gentleman makes Sue an offer she cannot refuse. She is to pretend to be a maid and befriend Lady Lilly Maud, heiress to a great fortune. Gentleman takes the place of Miss Maud’s teacher and will ask her hand in marriage so the money will be his.

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