Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else)
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.
Like a majority of people in school, I had to read Shakespeare. Specifically Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet and I HATED it! The language didn’t mean anything to me and the situations were bazaar. At the time, I assumed this was the stuff I was supposed to think was brilliant. Why else would people be reading it so many years later? Then, I was able to read C.E. Wilson’s version of Othello and everything I ever thought was turned on its head. I strongly dislike the Shakespeare I’ve read thus far AND I have mature and clear reasoning to support my opinion. I genuinely find his story lines tedious, filled with teenage angst, and annoying to read. Did I know this in school? No! I just thought I wasn’t educated enough to enjoy it yet.
This book is a great learning instrument for those teachers and students who want to go the extra mile to explain the necessity of reading Shakespeare. I’m not an expert in literature nor am I a teacher of any sort, but having read the Shakespearean language and then Wilson’s interpretation I was able to understand and assess each character more fully. While I understand some of the restrictions and limitations of our educational system, I do think that using sections of Wilson’s writings would greatly improve a students understanding of Shakespeare. It is important to be exposed to as many different things in life, but it is also important to take the time to process them and formulate an individual opinion. C.E. Wilson’s Othello has given me that opportunity.