If people tell you that “Star Wars” is nothing but a low-brow space opera, then direct them to the latest book by Ian Doescher. The Portland-based writer’s “William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Parth the Second” (Quirk, $14.95) offers a very sophisticated look at the story.
The author has taken the second film in the series and written it in the same meter and style as the Bard.
Check out this exchange.
Obi-Wan: Thou lookest sore fatigu’d, young Padawan, And should find sleep, not watch o’er one who doth.
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Anakin: I do confess, I sleep not well of late.
Obi-Wan: Is it thy gentle mother, Anakin?
Anakin: Yea; she is ever subject of my dreams, Though wherefore this should be, I do not know.
This is a fun way to both read a “Star Wars” tale and get acquainted with the way Shakespeare wrote.
Doescher has written four previous books based on episodes IV, V and VI plus “The Phantom Menace.”