Reviews for I, Iago

Booklist Reviews 2012 April #2
Giving voice to one of Shakespeare's most reviled villains, Galland (Revenge of the Rose, 2006) attempts to show why and how Iago came to be regarded as an iconic force for evil and leads readers to question whether the reputation is justified. Galland's Iago comes from a wealthy family, with a father who cared nothing for him. His formative years are spent in loving union with his wife, Emilia, and in service to General Othello. The first section of the book shines, as Galland goes to great lengths to show a softer side of the villain, illuminating his loyalty and wit. The second section, however, holds so closely to Shakespeare's work that it is a challenge to find innovation or nuance in Iago's actions and thoughts. For those readers who love to relive and rethink the work of the Bard, this may satisfy an itch, but it offers no great revelations in our understanding of the character. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.