Allen & Unwin, $49.95 hb, 440 pp, 9781741756425
Lawyer Nicki Greenberg spent six years converting The Great Gatsby to graphic novel format, an interesting project that was universally acclaimed and respected. It took half that time for her to render Shakespeare’s Hamlet (is the author’s name really necessary?), which she has ‘staged on the page’ for stalwart Australian graphic novel publisher Allen & Unwin. An ambitious task, Greenberg’s latest opus is an imposing volume. It is physically huge for a start. More than four hundred glossy full-colour A4 pages bound in hardback lend it the gravitas of an atlas or dictionary. This is a book that wants to be noticed.