An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics)

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An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics)

An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics)

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I don’t really know how I evaded reading this throughout my whole school career but I’m glad I’ve finally had to read it. The play isn’t merely a period piece either, though it’s set in spring 1912, shortly before the sailing of Titanic, which is mentioned as imminent, and (we know) not long before another calamity, that of the First World War.

Starting on 5th June 1940, Priestley built up such a following that after a few months it was estimated that around 40 per cent of the adult population in Britain was listening to the programme. And I tell you the time will soon come when, if men do not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish". And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.

It is the record of man as a spiritual creature, with a whole world of unknown continents and strange seas, gardens of Paradise and cities lit with hell-fire, within the depths of his own soul. The idea is slowly revealed and elaborated in great detail among six characters over the course of three days at a country inn.

The main story is an enjoyable one to read and teach though and I think particularly with the incredibly switched on class I had added to the enjoyment of it. His prolific output continued right up to his final years, and to the end he remained the great literary all-rounder. Please note we do not offer discretionary exchange or refunds on Gift Vouchers, Sale Items, or damaged products.It’s not strictly a murder mystery, yet the offstage suicide from which its plot springs might just as well have been a murder. B. Priestley’s masterpiece is joined by three other powerful plays – Time and the Conways, I Have Been Here Before and The Linden Tree.

It's about changing our fate, and the hope that comes with changes that we consciously make to end cycles, both ones we are currently stuck in and ones we are stuck in throughout time. Priestley manages to capture the moral complexity of our everyday lives and just goes to show how our behaviour could affect others. This modern play includes class conflict and differences, the selfishness of individuals, capitalism vs communism, and greed being the root of all problems. It's once again Kay's birthday party, this time the fortieth, but the occasion is far from pleasant: the Conways have lost their wealth, relationships have formed and broken down, and most of the family (except Alan) have become disillusioned and embittered.I needed this book also asap as it is a text I am teaching a home tutored pupil and schools don't have the resources usually to supply a home tutor a text. The concept of seemingly insignificant events of the present which can have lasting impact on one's life examined in the previous play is used here too, but with the question asked: if we knew what could happen, can we change it?

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