woensdag 28 april 2010

The Canterbury Tales


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The Canterbury Tales", a work by 14th-century English writer Geoffrey Chaucer, is one of the most important pieces of literature ever. Influential in so many ways, it was the first text to feature a wide range of believable characters. Characters with worldviews completely at odds with the times at that, and historians are still trying to figure out if Chaucer was perhaps an overlooked, brilliant satirist. "The Canterbury Tales" was the first major work of fiction to use prose instead of poetry - indeed, it was the first to be written in English. A landmark then, a truly brilliant achievement by an artist far ahead of his time.

Everything that "Canterbury Tales", this adaptation by 21st-century Belgian comics artist Lük Bey is not.
Lük Bey


The importance of being earnest


The importance of being earnest (Tom Bouden / Oscar Wilde)

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78 page graphic novel (E).
Tom Bouden has turned Oscar Wilde’s best known play into a graphic novel, only this one is set in the present day, and deals with four gentlemen rather then two men and two women. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff both have secret "siblings" that no one really knows the truth of. Whenever Jack decides to head into town, he tells everyone that he's visiting his "wicked brother Ernest", and upon arriving goes under the identity of Ernest. Algernon, likewise, often escapes his social engagements by going to visit his "sick friend Bunbury". When Jack decides it's time to propose to Algernon's cousin Glenn, however, it sets in motion a series of misidentifications and engagements that takes quite some time to finish unraveling...







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