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One down, Bard.

26 Nov

Othello (The New Cambridge Shakespeare)Othello by William Shakespeare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decided to start my mission to read all 38 of The Complete Plays of Shakespeare with Othello. It turned out to be a good decision to start with the New Cambridge edition.

I was considering this reading as an academic reading of the bard and it generally took me almost 3 hours of constant reading to get through one average sized (10-15 pages) scene! Even after reading every scene three times – once aloud and twice normally – I still never felt I had enough of it, and moved on to the next only due to the suspense. What genius, what lovely wordplays and what sense of drama and malice. I can’t believe I never had this joy in shakespeare till now.

All in all, it took much longer than originally planned… But then that is the drawback of reading annotated works – had to read every scene three times… But these New Cambridge Editions are gold mines of information, will stick with them for the other plays also. I hope my mission will not take years to complete at this rate…

One closing statement: Iago is my favorite literary character after Don Quixote.

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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in Book Reviews, Books, Thoughts

 

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12 responses to “One down, Bard.

  1. saychelle

    November 26, 2011 at 14:08

    My Hero! I was an English major in college and of course Shakespeare’s reading was mandatory. I really didn’t appreciate them until after I graduated and appreciated the different translations of them. Every year I read one of his classic after seeing someone’s interpretation on the big screen. Did you see Othello with Lawrence Fishburne, excellent! I love Lago and studied his character. Good luck!

     
    • SuperTramP

      November 26, 2011 at 17:04

      saychelle, I was just talking to a famous theater artist who was speaking about Iago being the quintessential evil character… How could I love him so then? Will try to see the one with Fishburne

       
  2. Latanya

    December 1, 2011 at 00:48

    Had to tweet this. I ride when I can – but will have to do this all next week. More people certainly should.

     
    • SuperTramP

      December 6, 2011 at 20:51

      thanks for the tweet and the comment 🙂

       
  3. saychelle

    December 10, 2011 at 20:25

    I believe that the characters respresent something that is hidden within us. So to love Lago is one thing but to become him is another. Think about Taming of the Shrew, now think about the females you know who fit that character. What female doesn’t act stubborn lol? My own grandparents could have played those parts.

     
    • SuperTramP

      December 10, 2011 at 20:33

      Very true! The reason we can connect to these great works is precisely because they touch something elemental in us. I liked your last sentence 🙂

       
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  6. Jillian ♣

    March 1, 2012 at 15:31

    I love Iago! This play is one of my favorites so far by Shakespeare. I definitely prefer the tragedies so far…

     
    • SuperTramP

      March 1, 2012 at 15:59

      Am so glad to discover your site. Will come back to it more often as I read more of the plays

       
      • Jillian ♣

        March 1, 2012 at 16:20

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