Saturday, July 5, 2008


Othello (Folger Shakespeare Library) Othello by William Shakespeare

rating: 3 of 5 stars

I haven't read Shakespeare since high school--sad but true. I'm glad that Corinne's book group decided to read Shakespeare though, because I think it is good for me to get out of my comfort zone every once in awhile, especially reading a tragedy!

Iago is Othello's right hand man, and is jealous that he was passed up for promotion by Cassio. Iago decides to get back at Othello by making him believe that Othello's new wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. I seriously wanted to strangle Emilia, Iago's wife, for her part in unwittingly helping Iago to pull everything off.

Reading Shakespeare, for me, is like reading Old Testament scripture. I was actually pleased that I knew what was going on, but I know I definitely missed a lot of nuance.

They also reviewed it: Corinne and Melissa


Kelly said...

One of my personal aims this year is to read some Shakespeare because like you I haven't read any since school! But I got a cheap collection his works recently so I am going to create myself a personal challenge!

Corinne said...

I'm so glad you joined us, friend :) Even if I don't LOVE it, I think it's worthwhile, even so I just understand when Shakespeare is referenced :)