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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Aug. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743482824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743482820
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #545,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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What is more inticing than a story involving war-like patrons and scandal? This book has been absolutely entertaining and suspensful to read. It was stunning how many false stories, insinuations, and accussations the character "Iago" had set up from the beginning to the end. There were also so many other character types such as the pawn-like Roderigo, the seemingly calm yet furiously jealous Othello, the bleeding-heart of Desdemona, the honorable Cassio, and more! It was amazing how Iago had actually set up his false stories from the very beginning of the novel where he first employes Roderigo as his foolish pawn. The only factor of this book that was somewhat unsettling was how easily swayed Othello had gotten from Iago's insinuations. To a certain point, it almost seemed unrealistic. For example, towards the end of the play, when Iago retrieves the seemingly precious and invaluable handkercheif and uses it to make it seem that Cassio had recently been with Desdemona, that seems to be a little bit illogical. Just because Othello finds that Cassion has been holding the precious handkercheif doesn't abosuletly mean the Desdemona has been unfaithful. However, some could argue that the heavy pile of insinuations and false stories/accusations that Iago has placed on Othello could be seen as reason enough for Othello's furious rage and jealous behavior. All in all, though, this book has been quite pleasing. The amount of scandal (scandal as in the falsness of Iago) has been enough to please anyone looking for a suspensful tragedy to read.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Shakespeare's best Villain June 25 2005
By R. J. Marsella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is there any other character in all of literature who is as calculatingly evil as Shakespeare's Iago? His jealousy over being passed over in favor of Cassio engenders a revengeful scheme that turns jealousy into a weapon used to destroy the noble Othello. Here innocence and trust is contrasted with pure manipulation and evil in what is one of Shakespeare's most revealing tragedies. The characters act exactly as they would be expected to based on the overriding quality that they represent. Othello is wonderful Shakespearean drama that ranks among his greatest works.

The Folger Library editions are my favorite. Each page has a facing page that explains obscure terms and helps as a handy reference to make reading the plays pleasurable and educational. These paperback editions of Shakespeare's works are a great value and fit in your pocket.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent copy of Othello July 17 2008
By bookrabbit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been using the Folger library series for years now, and although the Norton Critical edition has its place, the Folger edition cannot be beat for clarity and accessibility. Pay the extra couple of bucks for the 5.5 x 8
paperback rather than the smaller mass market paperback. The paper quality and illustrations are far superior in the larger version.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An Astounding Listening Experience March 30 2002
By Nicholas Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the 1944 studio recording of the legendary stage production of "Othello" which starred Robeson & Ferrer.
Both of their interpretations may be a little more declamatory than modern tastes are accustomed to, but there is no doubt as to their effectiveness, variety and power. As to Uta Hagen's Desdemona: wonderful. The recording itself is of excellent quality - the balance captures the full mid-range and depth of Robeson's formidable bass and Ferrer's sinuous baritone. The mastering more than does justice to it and is from nearly pristine sources. In brief: If your curiosity is at all piqued by this disc you should get it, no question. Listen to it with the lights out and bask in the sheer glory - especially Act II, scene III and the final scene.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For my students April 17 2013
By Rocco Dormarunno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As I have written in previous reviews of editions of Shakespeare's plays, the Folger Shakespeare Library is the most accessible for my students to use and for me to teach from. This "Othello" is no exception.

Of course, there is the play itself which students enjoy more than most of the Bard's works. It has a little of something for students to discuss and to analyze for their papers: racism, power, jealousy (Othello's), jealousy (Iago's), good, evil, love, intrigue... What makes this edition preferable for students is the face-to-face footnoting and explications. Students appreciate not having to flip to the back of the book or have the bottom of the page (and, therefore, the flow of the reading) cut through by footnotes.

And finally, there is the price. The Folger Shakespeare Library is always reasonably priced. This is a huge factor when you consider what students are already paying for their education.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Paul Robeson still rocks! April 24 2011
By Native Texan - Published on Amazon.com
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To say that Paul Robeson's life was remarkable is an understatement. To say that his voice was remarkable is equally an understatement. There isn't much you can say about this man that lives up to the truth of his life and this recording is a good example. I've read reviews about this recording, saying that the acting is old-fashioned and out of date. Particularly in light of some of the more recent original pronunciation recordings, some of the actors do sound artificial. That, however, was the acting style of the time. Paul Robeson's performance stands the test of time, in my opinion. He could easily hold his own on any stage today. And anyone who has studied acting has heard of Uta Hagen. (Strangely, there are times when her delivery sounds like no one more than Marilyn Monroe.) This is a hard-to-find recording worth listening to if only for the symphonic beauty of Robeson's voice.

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