Multcolib Picks: Villains have feelings too
Annotation:Aaron Burr is mostly remembered as the man who shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel. However, though he's been stricken from the pantheon of the Founding Fathers, Burr influenced our burgeoning nation in innumerable ways.
Annotation:Her sister gets killed and, before she can even start grieving, the magic slippers which are rightfully hers, are given to the murderer. How is it fair that the Wicked Witch of the West is the one who got the bad rap?
Annotation:Along with the Medicis, the Borgias are inextricably linked with the most corrupt time in Italian history. Sex, murder, intrigue and naked ambition were par for the course. But in treacherous times, only the strong survive.
Annotation:Shakespeare created one of literature's most inscrutable villains in Iago. This villian never explains his actions, nor does he ever show remorse. In I, Iago, Galland offers a glimpse into the mind of this enigmatic fiend.
Annotation:After committing fratricide and the first murder in Judeo-Christian history, Cain is left to wander the earth shunned by all. This novel, told in reverse chronology, shows Cain dealing with the aftermath of that act as well as the events leading up to it.
Annotation:Most people are familiar with Frankenstein's monster as he is portrayed in the movies. The original, however, portrays the monster as a highly intelligent creature who is driven to revenge by the ignorant and fearful masses. Part horror story, part cutting social criticism, this classic tale leaves the reader sympathizing with the thing they most fear.
Annotation:Sure, everyone looks like a villain when cast against a handsome young Marlon Brando. But this thoroughly researched book uncovers that much of the villainy surrounding Captain Bligh was a fabrication of the crew members trying to avoid the gallows.
Annotation:Did you know that Euripides was paid by the city of Corinth to write his version of this myth with Medea murdering her children? This modern interpretation is closer to the original.
Annotation:The name Benedict Arnold is synonymous with back-stabbing and treachery. But before Arnold was a notorious traitor, he was a fierce patriot and a war hero trusted by General Washington himself. What could make such a man turn?
Annotation:Shakespeare's Hamlet opens in the middle of the action. Relationships have already become complicated and emotions are running high. John Updike tackles the question of how this situation arose and why Hamlet the younger should have just left well enough alone.
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Do you think you know what makes villains tick? Do they do evil just because they're bad? These books take a look inside bad guys, real and fictional, and will make you rethink those stories you thought you knew. - Keli Y.