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Othello by William Shakespeare
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Oct 17, 07

bookshelves: classics-lit, college

I can't really give this one a fair rating. Amazing, yes; Iago is arguably the most devious bastard in western literature, yes; great depth & complexity of characters-- all of this is true. My problem is that in graduating from high school and subsequently earning an English degree I had to read this play at least six times. For some reason this was every professor's favorite example of Shakespearean tragedy, villainy, character interaction, storytelling, you name it. I have been intellectually flogged with Othello. Like a whipped dog, I cringe and whimper at its very mention. There is no star rating I can give this-- just a black hole that fun bends around whenever I think of Othello.

I named my bookshop after a line from Macbeth, but I really don't think it was out of spite.
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