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William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back [Format Kindle]

Ian Doescher

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The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas's enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian—can our heroes escape the Empire's wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child.

What light through Yoda's window breaks? Methinks you'll find out in the pages of The Empire Striketh Back!

Biographie de l'auteur

Ian Doescher the author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars®: Verily, a New Hope. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Editeur : Quirk Books (18 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Wonderful Blend 18 mars 2014
Par C.R. Hurst - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am new to Ian Doescher's reworking of Star Wars a la William Shakespeare, and despite some initial skepticism, I must admit that I am very impressed. Doescher creates a wonderful blend of George Lucas's classic story and the great dramatist's style. In William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back we once again meet the principal cast of Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, and secondary characters such as C-3PO, R2-D2, and Yoda. And their familiar story is organized into prologue, acts, and scenes, as well as with many of the trappings of a Shakespearean drama: iambic pentameter, choruses, asides, soliloquies, and the elegant language of the Bard. Even those who have not read Doescher's first installment, Star Wars, should easily follow the plot--all is needed is a working knowledge of and a fondness for Star Wars and a love of Shakespeare and parody. I recommend The Empire Striketh Back wholeheartedly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 These are the books you're looking for 22 mars 2014
Par Evelynne Robertson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher is the sequel to William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, a retelling of George Lucas’s space saga in the style of William Shakespeare. I would strongly recommend picking this up as an audiobook rather than ebook or hard copy – Random House Audio’s production is top notch with an excellent cast. It is far more like a radio play than an audiobook and the excellent cast does a wonderful job of telling the story.

What I liked

The source material. The original Star Wars trilogy is a darn good story. It contains a lot of strong themes which would have been as relevant in Shakespeare’s time as today: love, betrayal, youthful impetuousness, struggle against tyranny. Doescher therefore has a strong base on which to base his adaptation. It also isn’t too jarring, for example, when Han rails against Lando’s betrayal in Shakespearean language as it is a theme and emotion found in many of Shakespeare’s works.

Yoda. On my first listen through I was a little disappointed that Yoda didn’t sound too different from the other characters. In the movies, he has a unique speech pattern and I was hoping that this would be reflected in Empire Striketh Back. It was only on reading Doescher’s commentary that I realised Yoda was speaking in haiku! Darn I wished I’d picked that up first time. This is intended to reflect Yoda’s role as Luke’s master – or sensei – in the mystical force giving an eastern feel to it. Brilliant. Appropriate and brilliant.

The production. Random House Audio has gone full out to make this a radio play rather than an audiobook. We have a strong cast, sound effects (including the iconic swish of the lightsabres) as well as snippets of John Williams’ memorable soundtrack. It all combines to make it a wonderful listen.

Doescher’s Notes and Commentary. I the ebook edition I also possess, Doescher adds some commentary explaining some of the creative decisions he made while writing Empire. This, combined with the teachers notes provides a fascinating new insight into the book.

What I didn’t like

There was nothing, I tell you, nothing i disliked about The Empire Striketh Back. I already have The Jedi Doth Return on pre-order. As the trailer says “these are the books you have been looking for.”
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Trust your instincts, there are no Jedi mind tricks here, only great reading! 29 juin 2014
Par TrinityTwo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
(Trinitytwo’s Point of View from the Qwillery.blogspot.com *Reviewed the 3 books in the series together)

I am forgoing my usual short synopsis of the stories I review because in this case I think I am justified with assuming that most people already know a little something about the original Star Wars trilogy.

I’ve loved Star Wars since I saw the first film in 1977. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to review these books. However, I will admit to being a bit nervous about the “Shakespearean” component. Honestly, I admire the Bard and absolutely love Shakespearean theater, but given the choice it is not the first (or even second) book I would pull from a shelf to read. If you have similar fears, let me put them to rest: Ian Doescher’s triple combination of the beloved bard, George Lucas’ classic Star Wars saga, and a few of the author’s own secret ingredients creates one of the most enchanting and delightful series imaginable. This well-loved story written in Shakespearean style made the material fresh and exciting.

Pay special attention to the asides and soliloquies: they can be funny, poignant or sad but each gives a unique insight into character personality or motivations. I really love Doescher’s books the best when he shares our cherished character’s innermost thoughts. For instance, how does C-3PO really feel about R2-D2, or vice-versa? Haven’t we all wondered what Obi Wan was really thinking when he told Luke his father was killed by Darth Vader? Speaking of Vader, what are the thoughts behind that monstrous mask? Are Stormtroopers people with ideas and hopes, or just faceless soldiers? How did Luke and Leia feel when they found out they were siblings after their infamous kiss? Is the Emperor all bad? Doescher’s narrative resolves these mysteries and more.

I also want to take a moment to gush about the illustrations in all three volumes, drawn by the talented Nicholas Delort. They help readers to visualize their favorite characters in frilly ruffs and doublets and are absolutely brilliant.

Forget the nunnery and get thee to a bookstore (or Amazon) to pick up all three of these delightful tomes. Each one is a “must read,” so whether you are spending your summer in the sands (Tatooine), stuck at work (Death Star) or are on some exotic jungle adventure (Endor), you need to trust your instincts because there are no Jedi mind tricks here, only great reading!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Exit, Pursued By Wampa 3 avril 2014
Par Phil Keeling - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
“Remember,” Ian Doescher says in the afterword of The Empire Striketh Back, “This isn’t scholarship–it’s fun.”

And with sincerest respect to the author of the follow-up to Verily, A New Hope, I disagree. But only because I happen to believe that it’s both. While it’s true that I had my issues with his first installment of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, it was honestly out of love and respect for both source materials. And after reading his second entry, I can say that it won’t stop there.

Doescher has set up two sets of Death Star-sized shoes to fill, and while it’s true that you can’t please everybody, the attention to detail paid by Shakespeare nerds can only be overpowered by the legendary nit-picking of a Star Wars nerd. Being that I’m a little bit of both, I feel properly authorized to examine this new/old trilogy. And to quote the infamous Bill of Kill Bill fame, “I’ve never been nice my whole life, but I’ll do my best to be sweet.”

Right off the bat, we’re given two nods to the Bard–including a speech from the murderous Wampa that is easily 50% flat-out lifted from Snug the Joiner’s “Lion Speech” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is only the beginning of what will end up being entirely too many lifts and “nods” to Shakespeare. Immediately I am not sure what to think. I’m looking for the bleakness of the original Empire Strikes Back, given a firmer foundation through the high stakes gore that a Shakespearean tragedy offers. And throughout the play, it’s clear that it has moments like those. But the vast majority is made up of what I’m forever henceforth referring to as “Talking AT-AT Moments”.

I was truly intrigued at how Doescher would solve the problem of the grandiose AT-AT battle on Hoth in this installment, and was only somewhat amused to find that the AT-ATs would be portrayed by actors who would berate the enemy, give speeches, and shout out death cries. It’s a cute idea, I guess. But a handful of actors portraying wisecracking, skyscraper-tall death vehicles completely and entirely undercuts Empire‘s more sincere moments (we’ll get to them later).

The Empire Striketh Back suffers from a perpetual self-awareness of how cute and novel it is, which ruins any real chance it has of being actually cute and novel. And that’s how we get talking AT-ATs. In Verily, A New Hope, Leia’s “You’re a little short for a stormtrooper” line is replaced with a clever monologue that is well written and does great justice to Shakespeare’s style. In Empire Strikes Back, Han’s esoteric cries of hydrospanners and horizontal boosters only work because they’re quick shouts during a thrilling chase scene. In Empire Striketh Back, they are expanded needlessly into lengthy chunks of asides that can only be described as horribly dull. This mistake is repeated again in the scene during which Admiral Piett witnesses the changing of Vader’s mask, and delivers a monologue that belabors the embarrassingly obvious and over-used metaphor of having masks on both the outside and inside.

Now to be fair, I’m not asking Ian Doescher to reach the heights of literary genius that Shakespeare did–that would insane. But moments like these feel padded and superfluous.

Despite all these complaints, there are moments where Empire Striketh Back is just sublime. Boba Fett’s first speech (written in Shakespearian prose to distinguish him as a member of the lower class) is, to borrow a phrase from Plato, just epically badass. It appears that nearly all of Doescher’s best moments are saved for the villains. The Emperor’s dialogue is truly fitting for this setting, as he already had something of a grand, Elizabethan bent to begin with. His dialogue (what little there is) definitely feels the most natural, and I’m looking forward to how his character is utilized and written in July’s The Jedi Doth Return.

But if there’s one thing that Doescher deserves sincere credit for, it’s his development of Yoda’s voice. Yoda’s already-irregular speech patterns have been adapted to the Japanese 5-7-5 of haiku. It’s a simple decision, and it makes all the difference in the world. You truly appreciate the fact that he and Luke are literally from two different worlds. It’s a blending of East and West that I wouldn’t have thought to use, but there’s no denying that it works beautifully here. Yoda’s sincerity and his simple but gorgeous dialogue makes him the absolute best part of The Empire Striketh Back.

It’s not an easy thing to blend two massively popular and important pieces of culture, particularly when they are separated by time and style in the way William Shakespeare and Star Wars are. And the last thing I want to do is discourage or put down a writer who has clearly tried so hard to consolidate the two in such a creative way. Ian Doescher is skilled and talented writer–of that there can be zero doubt. But too much of this series leaves me cold. It’s possible that I’m taking it all a little too seriously (Star Wars nerds are known for that), but all I’m truly asking for is a little more attention to the grand scope of both Shakespeare and the Star Wars universe. Both are massive and beautiful, and it does both a disservice to spend the majority of your work playing the “did you catch the reference?” game.

And therein lies my main problem with this series. I mentioned it in my review of Verily, A New Hope, but there’s just too much “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” in these books. And that’s not to suggest that I don’t want this book to be fun. Shakespeare is fun. Star Wars is fun. But Shakespeare and Star Wars also have elemental levels of high drama and tragedy within them–and when we elbow the audience too much, asking “Get it??” over and over, we quash some of those beautifully high stakes.

And to Ian Doescher’s credit, there are some truly wonderful moments here. But the majority of the books seem so obsessed with the novelty of what they’re doing that they lack serious heart. That won’t stop me from picking up The Jedi Doth Return in July, however, as this remains a series that belongs on every uber-nerd’s shelf.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unforgettable mix 10 avril 2014
Par Emmanuelle Cazabonne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Last year, I posted a few brief thoughts on Shakespeare’s Star Wars, which I found really hilarious and excellent. Eric Smith at Quirk Books noticed, and asked if I was interested in volume 2.

The Empire Striketh Back is of course the same stuff, that is, Star Wars recounted in the style of the Bard, with rhymes, chorus, list of characters entering and exiting for each scene, etc, just like a real play.
But I found it even better. Ian Doescher is getting a real Jedi of the iambic pentameter! It flows, even sometimes with rhymes, like for the very first chorus of the play.

Ever more so than in the 1st volume, you even have here and there hints at some plays by Shakespeare. Had you ever imagined Leia as a new Juliet? I had not, but reading what she says in that style, it made me rethink of the whole story. Between Romeo and Juliet and Star Wars, don’t we have here some very common human archetypal characters and patterns?

LEIA: Thou must not do this to impress me, Han.
[Aside:] Already he hath won my heart, ’tis true,
Yet would I rather live to tell him so!
pp.58-59

R2-D2 is so much like many funny fools in Shakespeare:

My path shall be to play the fool and watch:
I shall maintain my droid like silence and
Bear witness as the boy becomes the man,
The learner doth become the Jedi true.
p.91

There are so many great passages I could quote, for instance the tragic soliloquy by Exogor (pp.85-86), not unlike Shakespeare’s Macbeth or King Lear.

And how about instead of watching Vader and Luke fight with their lightsabers, you hear the chorus tell you all about it? That was a powerful passage for me. Here is just the beginning:

O mighty duel, O action ne’er surpass’d:
The lightsabers do clash and glow like fire.
Darth Vader in the villain’s role is cast,
While Luke’s young temper turneth soon to ire.
They flash and fly like dancers in a set,
Yet never dance did know such deadly mood.
p.151

Our story endeth, though our hearts do burn,
And shall until the Jedi doth return.
end of the play, p.164

And I can’t wait until July, when volume #3 will be available.

I also enjoyed the Afterword, where the author explains some of his choices, for instance why he has Yoda speaks in haiku! Really neat stuff.
The black and white illustrations are also fantastic, not mentioning the awesome cover.

VERDICT: If you are a Star Wars fan, you absolutely have to read this book, reaching now not only to far away galaxies, but to far-gone days when a certain famous man writeth in a style many still acclaim today. The mix is unforgettable, and through it, you may even discover new dimensions to your most favorite interstellar movie.
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