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Othello

Othello

1995 Story Books
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Julius Lester
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0590419668
Paperback Price: $4.99
Review:
Loosely basing his book on Shakespeare's play, author/scholar (and yes, poet) Julius Lester retells the tale of the powerful African general, Othello, who is loved by the white Lady Desdemona - deeply, ecstatically, devotedly. He returns her caring; his passion is tremulous and tender; his feeling, like hers, is encompassing, albeit more mature. Iago, here a fellow African, who has come with Othello to the great courts of Europe's aristocracy, turns the lovers' story into a gripping tale of jealousy, betrayal, murder and racism. In his effort to make Shakespeare's language comprehensible to today's reader and to retain its elegance, Lester has moments of triumph. The book's a page turner, a work of art, a Jungian's delight and a scholar's treasure.
Review   ©1995 Parents' Choice

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