Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), SunNeko Lee (Art) & Nathaniel Hawthorne
My Rating: 5 Stars
A classic represented perfectly in another great manga adaptation. Even though I‘m not a fan of dramas, I read the Scarlet Letter in my Bachelor and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
The original novel takes place in Puritan Boston in the 17th century. A young woman, Hester Prynne, stands accused of adultery. Her husband, a scholar much older than her is claimed as dead and while waiting for his return Hester takes a lover and has a child fruit of that affair. Refusing to name the identity of the father, Hester’s punishments are to carry a scarlet letter A on her breast and public shaming. Amongst the crowd, Hester’s missing husband, calling himself Roger Chillingworth, observes and swears to take revenge on the unknown man that ruined both their lives.
Once again the artwork is amazing and it represents perfectly the emotions and the meanings of the original novel. The adaptation is perfect, the characters have depth and all the emotions that I felt when I read The Scarlet Letter for the first time, resurfaced. I could practically see the tension between Hester’s husband and lover! Hester proves to be a very strong and passionate female character. She endures her punishment and after she is banished from the Boston community, she makes intelligent and accurate observations on the social behaviour that makes this period of history. Roger Chillingworth is, for me, the villain of this story. His thirst for revenge and his obsession make him a very dangerous character. I think of him as being arrogant and self-absorbed. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, Pearl’s father, it’s not the strongest male character. The young theologian is tormented both physically and psychologically by his sin of having an affair with Hester.
I really liked the original novel and its depth and this brilliant adaptation deserve all its 5 stars! Can’t wait to read more Manga Classics!
Thank you to Udon Entertainment and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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