Who Killed Iago?: A Book of Fiendishly Challenging Literary Quizzes

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A masterful collection of mindboggling questions guaranteed to have bibliophiles wracking their brains.

This engaging and stimulating book of quizzes will test readers' knowledge of classic and contemporary literature. From Charlotte Brontë to Chinua Achebe, hidden double entendres to famous opening lines, Who Killed Iago? runs the gamut and challenges even the most avid ...

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Overview

A masterful collection of mindboggling questions guaranteed to have bibliophiles wracking their brains.

This engaging and stimulating book of quizzes will test readers' knowledge of classic and contemporary literature. From Charlotte Brontë to Chinua Achebe, hidden double entendres to famous opening lines, Who Killed Iago? runs the gamut and challenges even the most avid readers.

Readers can flex their literary muscle with questions such as:

• In Pride and Prejudice, what is Mr. Darcy's first name?
• Which classic novel of the Second World War begins: "It was love at first sight"?
• In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, how many times has the Wife of Bath been married?
• In the Harry Potter novels, what are the first four names of Professor Dumbledore?
• In Othello, who kills Iago?

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It is the subtitle that pertains here; the challenges in this book are fiendishly difficult. Walton has hosted BBC Radio 4's The Write Stuff, a literary quiz show, for more than a decade. This book contains ten quizzes, each consisting of five rounds, for which Walton provides annotated answers. The first, third, and fifth rounds are rapid-fire rounds, where a quick answer will suffice. The second round involves identifying extracts and their authors, and the fourth round is the most devious of all: given four literary people or things, the reader must tease out what links them. Although the book is based on the show, the knowledge required to navigate these quizzes is not solely based on British literature. A solid acquaintance with American literature is necessary, too, and children's and young adult books feature as well as adult works. VERDICT Those who wish to challenge themselves will find this an enjoyable read, but it calls for healthy arguments and group interaction. For this reason, it's especially recommended for book clubs or groups of literary friends. Be prepared to find that you know much less than you thought!—Audrey Snowden, Cleveland P.L.


—Audrey Snowden
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399534997
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Walton is the television critic for the UK's Daily Telegraph and has been the writer and host of Radio 4's "The Write Stuff" since 1998. His first book was The Faber Book of Smoking, which was published to great critical acclaim when people could still smoke in pubs.
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