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Grade 9 Up—South America's star soccer player, Otello, has just signed a very lucrative contract to play with a team in the southern part of his country. Despite his legendary status as a black northerner, he faces racial discrimination from both the fans and his teammates. His fame is launched to a frenzied level when he marries Desmerelda, the white pop-star daughter of the wealthy and powerful politician who funded his soccer contract. Guided by his self-serving agent, Diego, Otello and Desmerelda become a superstar couple with advertising deals, endorsements, and their own clothing line. Meanwhile, a subplot involving three homeless teenagers climaxes with Otello being accused of inappropriate actions when one of the beautiful and flirtatious teens, Bianca, turns up dead. The plot, characters, and names bear a close resemblance to Shakespeare's masterpiece. While teens will need no familiarity with the original to enjoy Peet's version of the tragedy of betrayal and the isolation of fame, the subplots and entanglements may seem confusing to readers unfamiliar with the play. At 430 pages, the pacing is slow at times, which will deter some teens from reaching the long-awaited ending. However, teachers could add this title to the list of Shakespeare adaptations that can be analyzed in whole or in part by individual students or a small group.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
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"Clever, funny, moving and superbly well written." (The Times) "In a vibrant modernisation of Othello, and with a strong South American setting, Exposure brilliantly explores the inequalities within society and the dangers of success." (The Guardian)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763652911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763652913
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Harvey on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Exposure reworks Shakespeare's Othello in a modern day South American soccer context .Othello is transformed into "Otello" ,the star name in his un-named South American country -handsome ,athletic and by far the nation's best known black man .He plays for a club in the impoverished Nothern half of the country and controversy arises when he is transferred to "Rialto" ,a wealthy club in the Southern region owned by a man named Nestor Brabanto who is prominent in the new Conservative ( in other words reactionary) government of the nation.Brabanto's daughter is a pop music icon in the country -the beautiful and headstong Desmerelda .She and Otello marry ,to the disgust of Brabanto ,who is racist to the core ,and to the delight of the media who enter intom a feeding frenzy .

Stirring things up is Otello's agent ,the Iago figure ,Diego ,who hates Otello and sets out to destroy him ,first by stirring up jealousy against his white bodyguard Michael Cassio and then by instigating false charges of child pornography and complicity in the murder of a street kid ,Bianca ,a model for his sportswear range.
Running parallel to the main story is that of a group of street urchins ,especially Bush who scrapes a living by running errands and cleaning cars .He is helped by the journalist Paul Faustino-returning from other Peet novels ,such as Keeper and Penalty

The book is bleak in a way that even the source play is not .Nobody dies but their fates are to live in remembrance of what could have been and the overall tone is cynical and despairing .It is not a novel about soccer in the way Keeper was and I think this book may struggle to find an audience -too depressing for kids and not really sharp enough fior adults

It is an ambitious misfire but worth reading if you want something out of the ordinary
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Format: Hardcover
Award-winning author Mal Peet has written three books about Paul Faustino, a soccer reporter for the newspaper La Nacion. His previous titles, KEEPER and THE PENALTY, utilized a blend of sports realism and magical elements to create a new kind of soccer novel. In EXPOSURE, Peet takes a somewhat different approach, continuing to explore the cultural undercurrents of the game while incorporating classical elements in this loose retelling of the Shakespearian tragedy OTHELLO.

In the southern regions of an unnamed South American country, the whole area is abuzz with news that the local professional soccer franchise, Rialto, has just signed the continent's most talented and valuable player: Otello. Otello, whose signing has been coordinated by his crafty agent, Diego Mendosa, and by the powerful politician Nestor Brabanta has been warned that he will likely face racism and resentment on the team and in the South in general. But the prospects of fame --- and the size of his contract --- sway the talented black man's decision.

Soon, Otello discovers another reason to celebrate his good fortune: Desmerelda, Brabanta's beautiful daughter and a popular singer/celebrity. Otello falls for Desmerelda immediately, and within weeks of meeting each other, the two elope. It turns out that the white Brabanta's gregariousness toward his star player might not persist when that player becomes his son-in-law. Meanwhile, the media sensationalizes Otello and Desmerelda's relationship (think Posh and Becks), not least because of the difference in their skin colors.

But distrust and betrayal lurk not only in the tabloids but also closer to home.
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By Kenneth Bicknese on June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Exposure is a great book to read. It tells two different stories, one of a rich soccer player who has the life, and the other a poor kid who lives on the streets. Otello, the rich man, marries a very rich and famous woman named Dezi. They are surrounded by drama and the book is interesting in the way they display it. Bush is the poor kid who lives on the streets and you see the struggles he goes through each and everyday just to survive. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book to read. It will grab your attention and it also has very good detail and you can picture all the images in your head. Good book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews on March 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Otello is a great soccer player recently recruited to play
for a team in an area known to discriminate against black
northerners like himself. He meets and soon marries a
white pop star, Desmerelda, the daughter of a right-wing
politician, which quickly starts a frenzy. Desmerelda and
Otello encounter problems because of the media attention.
An experienced soccer reporter observes how the media can
affect lives, in both good and bad ways.

When I got this book I was excited because I thought it would be a good
book. I enjoy sports and the cover made me think it would
be something I like. When I started reading it, however,
I absolutely hated it. My teacher made me read, and
read, and finally I got it done. It took me much longer
to read this book than most books that I read. Towards
the end, it started getting really good though and I
finished the last 150 pages in just one day. That part of
the book almost makes me want to read a sequel, if there
is one.

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