The Jedi Doth Return
(William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #3)

The Jedi Doth Return

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The Jedi Doth Return
By
Ian Doescher

Publication Date: July 1st, 2014
at Quirk Books
Hardcover
Exists also as e-book

Pages: 165
ISBN: 978-1594747137
Genre:
Play / Science Fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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After Shakespeare’s Star Wars, and The Empire Striketh Back, here is volume 3: The Jedi Doth Return, as you would have expected if you know well your Star Wars.
But the fun goes on, as the story is 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.

There were funny passages between C-3PO and Han, and great monologues  about conscience, as you can imagine for Darth Vader and his son.
So if I made comparisons between the previous volume and Romeo and Juliet, here we are closer to King Lear.

LUKE: Methinks I still can save the man who gave
Us life, and turn him to the good once more.
Methinks I must endeavor so to do,
Or else my path is darker e’en than his.
p.97

And:

O, search thy feelings, father. Thou canst not
Do this to me. I feel the conflict rise
Within thee. Let thy hatred go, be free!
p.101

Apart from just having fun with that type of remix, it’s amazing to see how great archetypes work across time and culture. This will definitely make me see Star Wars differently next time I watch it again.

Here are other passages I particularly enjoyed:

C-3PO: O place most barren–I have miss’d thee not.
R2-D2: Beep, squeak?
C-3PO:            –Indeed I am afraid, R2,
And so shouldst thou be, too, for Lando of
Calrissian and brave Chewbacca ne’er
Return’d from here.
R2-D2:               –Beep, whistle, squeak.
C-3PO:                             –Be not
So certain, R2, for if thou didst know
But half of all that I have heard about…
                                             p.12

Luke, after Yoda’s death:

To love with bliss, to fight for righteousness,
To heed adventure’s call, to cry with joy,
To laugh amidst life’s greatest heights and depths:
This is the living that doth conquer death,
So e’en though it shall come, we shall not fear’t.
These lessons let my master’s death teach me,
That my life shall esteem his memory.
p.57

The black and white illustrations are also fantastic, not mentioning the awesome book cover.

VERDICT: If you are a Star Wars fan, you absolutely have to read this book and the whole series. The Shakespeare style used to retell your most favorite interstellar movie will make you discover new dimensions to it and laugh a lot!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes! [provided by the publisher]

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ian DoescherIan is a Portland native, and lives in Portland with his spouse and two children.
He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University,
a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School,
and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.
He is currently the Creative Director at Pivot Group LLC, a full service marketing,
research and web agency in Portland, Oregon.
[FROM HIS WEBSITE].
You can follow him on Twitter @iandoescher

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