SW4: Verily, A New Hope


Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations—William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I’m not going to lie to you, I thought someone was pranking me the first time I saw it.  Boy was I wrong!  I have to say this is a nerd’s dream come true!!!  To combine Shakespeare (one of the greatest authors of all time) with Star Wars (my heart’s favorite Sci-Fi anything ever!) was just an amazing feat.

First, the conversion of the dialogue into Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter was such a wonderful accomplishment.  This is not an easy thing to do and Doescher does an incredible job with both old school grammar and vocab.  Second, the use of the Shakespearean dialect allows for many things we weren’t able to see in the movie originally.  We see Obi-Wan using an aside to decide whether to tell Luke about his dad or or not, which gives us a glimpse into the “past.”  Han uses asides to show us how great he really is and not just his money grubbing exterior.  Even more importantly, R2-D2 is actually given a voice.  He takes time away from others to stop making random noises and actually tells us what he is thinking.  Last but not least, this book has wonderful illustrations.  They are nice 16th century interpretations of the Star Wars characters.

All in all, this was a great book to read.  I do want to say that this isn’t a book for someone who loves Shakespeare, but doesn’t know Star Wars because you are not going to understand most of what is going on in the story and you are definitely going to miss the jokes that Doescher has built in.  I also don’t think this is a book for a Star Wars fan who doesn’t read Shakespeare because you are going to be lost in the language of the play.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes.  I have bought the original trilogy and am waiting for them to publish books for Star Wars I-III after the last one is published this September.


Genre: Sci-Fi
ISBN: 9781594746376
Rating: good


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