Top 5 is a weekly bookish assessment by Gingerreadslainey and today’s feedback is favourite diverse characters.My list includes some characters who are my favourites and some which are the best I have read. One more thing, you can get access to the topics on the Goodreads Group, come join us making Wednesday alive :P.
Othello in Othello by Shakespeare
There are many analysis on the race of Othello, debating what type of dark, he featured. Was he dark as in a shadow European shade or was he black? Since, I have not come across a definite proof of either, I will focus on his Moor identity because it is enough. I do not believe there is another Moor who graced Elizabethan and Jacobean stage in a heroic capacity as Othello. He is a great general, noble and respected by everyone he worked with excepting Iago. Othello is passionate and loyal, characteristics Iago used to slowly poison the Moor’s mind about his wife. Iago language to describe Othello such as barbarous and an outsider, shows the perception for Moors at that time in Europe.
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At first, the novel felt strange but as I continued reading, I realized that because the storyline was new to me I felt hesitant. I cannot remember ever reading about gagû or naditu before. At the end, I appreciate the author’s effort to keep reader’s interest in that aspect of the Ancient East. Mission accomplished because I am very much inspired to read more on naditu. In addition, the information provided at the end of the novel connects the story to the History of Ancient East to law writing and gagû. Maybe you should read the author’s notes first if you feel that Ancient East historical fiction will suck you in and lost you. However, you do not have to, if you feel it may act like a spoiler for the story. Although, I had a problem remembering the names of certain characters (because they were in an unfamiliar language), the events within the plot flowed. I was not confused about the life of a naditu because the author did a good job in explaining.
Furthermore, I like the character development in Iltani (lead woman), her journey becoming a naditu reads like a young woman entering a world independent of marriage. It reads like the little I know about women and marriage in that time period. I love the budding friendship that Iltani developed and that she gets challenges in her quest to succeed. I love how the author introduces the romance between Iltani and Marduk-musallim; it was a gentle budding love one suiting a woman so involved in the gagû. The ending of the story left some unanswered questions and it hints at a second novel.