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Exposure Paperback – March 8, 2011
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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
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.Read more ›
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
Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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