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Iago by David Snodin
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Although the events of Othello provide the impetus for this story of the villainous, Iago, it's not necessary to be more than conversant with the play to enjoy the stories that David Snodin weaves around it. There are two heroes trying to discover Iago's motive for creating murder & mayhem in Othello's life - one is the inquisitor and the other is a teenage boy who's been pressed into service by the inquisitor. The story is engaging and well-written enough that I kept reading even when the plot meandered in to some improbable situations. The novel, Iago, has many of the attributes of Shakespeare's plays; comedy mixed with tragedy, adventure, young love, & surprising plot twists. And, like Shakespeare's plays, the plot does not withstand skeptical examination and the characters motivations are ambiguous. A worthwhile and engaging read.
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