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There is a real excitement in stumbling into a writer that you’ve only vaguely heard of, of whom you hear little and, on reflection can’t quite remember why you’ve started to read...only to find that within a couple of pages you know that you’ve made a lifelong find.
I can’t really understand why Thornton Wilder is not better known and more widely read here. This book has the refreshing smack of an Umberto Eco, with the humour and authority of a James Joyce and the invention of Haruki Murakami - and yet this book is nearly one hundred years old? Quite unbelievable - unbelievably good from start to finish. Really, really give it a try - here’s a novel that delivers on a breadth and depth with no indication in the biography as to where this might come from. Peru? A collapsing bridge? July 1714 I mean, come on.....
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Sadly, I did not get a chance to review the story due to the narrators highly irritating voice.
Would you ever listen to anything by Thornton Wilder again?
Not if this narrator is chosen.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrators voice was terrible! Schreechy and irritating characterisations.I could only listen for a very short time before giving up.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful
A great tale. Wilder brings you to love his flawed characters, and mourn their untimely ends. Some issues with pronunciation were distracting in the performance, but still a good way to enjoy the drive to work.