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text 2019-10-13 19:57
Halloween Bingo 2019: Eleventh and Twelfth Extra Square
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley,Toby Jones,David Calder,Morven Christie
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad,Kenneth Branagh

 

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review 2019-10-07 22:58
An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley

I listen to a talk radio show a lot (LBC) and recently they mentioned a story concerning a class of school children who'd been asked to write a suicide note from the perspective of the dead character in this play. I think that was it anyway. I'm not too sure. Anyway, this shocked me a little and I wanted to read the play for myself as I didn't know much about it.

 

I'll give you a quick overview. A family have just had dinner when an Inspector calls over. He relates the news of a death of a young woman who they're all connected too and as the story progresses they each find out in what way they wounded or let her down, subsequently playing a role in her death.

 

The plays great strength is highlighting the human condition; the way in which people minimalise their misdeeds and often don't think about the far-reaching impact of their actions.

 

The play also highlighted how the divide between rich and poor often leads to intolerable conditions for the working classes and how this is often minimalised and forgotten by the rich.

 

There was a nice little twist of sorts towards the end. It gave it a little extra oomph and left me to think about it for quite a while.

 

I read it for:

 

 

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review 2019-10-02 02:07
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley

Forty years since my first reading. It's still a compelling and catchy story. I love the unsolved mystery of it, as well as the solved one. All of the details were lost to me, only the barest plot outlined remained, and yet, it was memorable.

 

 

Library copy

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text 2019-09-16 15:03
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 117 pages.
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley

Inspector [dryly]: I've had that notion myself from time to time. In fact, I've thought that it would do us all a bit of good if sometimes we tried to put ourselves in the place of these young women counting their pennies in their dingy little back bedrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2013-10-12 17:42
An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley

bookshelves: summer-2010, play-dramatisation, published-1945, families, britain-england, suicide, lifestyles-deathstyles

Recommended for: Radio 4 listeners
Read from May 30 to 31, 2010

 

** spoiler alert ** Blurb - The Birlings are celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila when a police Inspector calls. Each member of the family is questioned about their relationship with a young woman, Eva Smith. And they each have to face up to their role in her tragic story.
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