Saturday, March 31, 2018

Me? Listen to Audio?! #12

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers. Adapted for radio in six (thirty minute) episodes by Chris Miller. Produced by Simon Brett. First broadcast in 1975. Starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey.

I do love, love, love Peter Wimsey. And I will say this, I think I enjoyed listening to this one more than reading it. It really was a good listen. It reaffirmed this whole idea of listening to books as I'm working on the computer. I think what I found disturbing about the book--and the radio adaptation--is the ending. How everyone in the book applauds the 'justice' of it all.

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The guilty person--I won't say if it was a man or a woman, or if the person is young or old--takes his/her own life instead of being arrested and standing trial. This idea of suicide being poetic justice sits wrong with me. The fact that the 'good guys' of the book know what is going to occur, and in fact support and applaud it, just is all types of wrong. How much do they support and applaud it? Well, one leaves a gun in the room, tells him where it is, then excuses himself to go for a jolly old walk. A gun shot is heard. And we hear him talk about how wonderful everything has turned out in the end.

Changing subjects....

I am also continuing to listen to Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. I have only listened to three or four episodes. I'm caught up listening. I've finished the first twenty episodes--all that are available up to this point. This one has so many NASTY, unpleasant characters. And the "good" characters are always in peril. I guess that is how papers kept selling--back in the day--but it's not enjoyable.


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1 comments:

Joy Weese Moll 11:23 AM  

I've been enjoying radio soaps -- I'll have to see what kind of access I have to these kinds of radio dramas.

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