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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 2019-09-11 18:30
Benighted
Benighted - J.B. Priestley

A group of strangers have to seek shelter from a storm in an old, creepy house in the Welsh mountainside.

 

If this sounds old-school to you, it definitely is. This was nostalgic in the best of ways. This booked reminded me of old black and white horror movies and I was just waiting for Boris Karloff to come down the stairs (Karloff played the character of Morgan in the movie adaption of this book) and it simply oozed atmosphere.

 

It is a slow burn of a read and I found the discussions of the characters and their philosophising about life a bit off-putting. But in the end I really cared for these poor people, who had to stay for the night in this house. And for the last 40 pages I was sitting on the edge of my seat, the tension towards the end of the story was excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2019-09-11 17:45
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 172 pages.
Benighted - J.B. Priestley

Yep, on page 130 all hell has broken loose. 

 

 

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