In pursuit of the find of a lifetime, an academic confronts an old rival
Once visited by the likes of Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and George Eliot, the London Library is a maze of books - a jumble of first editions and forgotten texts. For Tony, it is a refuge from the failure his life has become - and it is about to be invaded by a destructive old friend.
Adam is a world-renowned novelist who spends so much time writing articles and appearing in documentaries that it seems impossible he actually has time to write books. He visits the library to research a nearly-forgotten English poet, Francis Youlgreave, who just happens to be Tony's obsession. Tony has staked his career on the long-dead clergyman, and will do whatever it takes to keep Adam from stealing his research. In this ghostly library, scholarly conflict is anything but academic.
Narrated in Cameron Pow's snide alto voice, The Long Sonata of the Dead is a library drama. In other words, it is the intriguing story of two academics - rivals, who were once upon a time roommates. Their shared goal: information on the long dead clergymen and poet Francis Youlgreave. While the story spins out into the streets of London and the homes of the character's families, the heart of the drama is inside the book-packed, ghost-ridden London Library. Listeners will enjoy Pow's wry presentation of this unique and unconventional drama.
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Fun Short Story - Would have made a nice novel
A very fun, short listen. I love this author and his book The American Boy. I also enjoy biblio mysteries, and this one is enjoyable. I could see this as a book.