Monday, February 20, 2012
David Snodin has written a whimsical tale about what might have happened to Iago after the play ends. Iago is on the run and being hunted down. He is fighting back and befriends an unlikely young man. Snodin runs us around Venice and surrounding vistas. He includes the Venetian Inquisitors, feuding families, war, love, and salvation in the depths of a prison. The unlikeliest of young men becomes a pupil of Iago's in matters of sword play, love, and more. Snodin's Iago is a well written and suspense filled novel that probes the evil of Iago further, adds humanist thinking from a tutor, provides a glimpse of the Inquisition, and grand family dynamics of aristocratic Venice. I enjoyed John Updike's Gertrude and Claudius so much it made me rethink and enjoy Hamlet. Snodin's novel is the same sort of adventure that spins from Shakespeare. It is a fun and good read.