Iago stole the show for me. A formidable foe that plays with the desires of all characters while having a facade of honest and trusty man, I have read stories with demons but no one seems to be on par with this delicious character. I love how Shakespeare makes everything inevitable, as if he himself would not exist but the world he writes would be so real and the characters, despite their best efforts, cannot avoid to be crushed by a doom heavy as an ocean. There is in the background a war with Turks but the story is so intense that that war pales in comparison with the passions of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, Roderigo and Iago. An excellent reading that I am happy to have not been spoiled to read at school, institution that would ask us to memorize dates or analize names but not to enjoy the reading.
Also I found something curious. I have noticed in English speaking countries persons have the idea that Moors were a kind of black kingdom in Spain. Certainly the noble but unfortunate Othello is black, but he is not from Spain but from Morocco. The Moors were not an African culture but an Arabian one, over a native Spaniard population that mostly was Arrian rather than Catholic, so they felt closer to the Muslim world than the Catholicism that look them as heretics. Until this beautiful book I didn't know why that misunderstanding, of course being Othello such an amazing reading is natural that fantasy would alter the perception of reality.
In reference to the AmazonClassics edition it has X-Ray, mostly about the identity of the characters. It is not a book populated with footnotes and data; but I prefer it thus. There are no obstacles between the book and the reader.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: The Arden Shakespeare; 2 edition (25 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472571762
- ISBN-13: 978-1472571762
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 798 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)