Monday, 17 March 2014

Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else #2) by C.E. Wilson (*)

Shakespeare’s work features some of the most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.

While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is (thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a wider audience.

In this Young Adult retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Othello, the second book in her series Shakespeare for Everyone Else.

When Archer decides that he’s had enough of Orion and Devony running what he thought was going to be his school he takes desperate measures to ruin everything. Through lies and betrayal, deceit and deception, Archer will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and he doesn’t care whose lives he has to destroy in the process.

Can anyone stop one of William Shakespeare’s most villainous characters in this YA retelling of the epic tragedy of Othello

Having read a previous  C. E. Wilson book i was quite chuffed to spot this on netgalley, a retelling of the tragedy of Othello. I have no knowledge of the story of Othello, so for me it was a great chance to learn the story in a more simplistic way. Telling the story of Orion who is dating a girl called Devony we follow their tale as Archer puts the seed of doubt in Orions mind, causing him to believe Dev has cheated, and gets him to seek revenge. Throw in a cast of characters with their own personalities and reasons and we have the story.
It is very simplisitc in its nature, set in a high school it makes it easier for us modern day readers to relate too. I felt to start with that i would be overwhelmed by all the names, but i quickly got past that, and found i could barely trust anyone. I enjoyed this, it did a great job of sharing the story on a more accessible level. There is alot going on, and a lot of both deceptive and mischievous characters. Yet i found myself flying through it. Well done!


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