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An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 29 Mar. 2001
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'We don't live alone ... We are responsible for each other'
A policeman interrupts a rich family's dinner to question them about the suicide of a young working-class girl. As their guilty secrets are gradually revealed over the course of the evening, 'An Inspector Calls', J. B. Priestley's most famous play, shows us the terrible consequences of poverty and inequality. The other powerful plays in this collection - 'Time and the Conways', 'I Have Been Here Before' and 'The Linden Tree' - explore time, fate, free will and the effects of war.
'A vastly talented and exceptionally versatile and wise writer' Iris Murdoch
'Priestley was volcanic, fertile ... and never dull' Anthony Burgess
If you enjoyed An Inspector Calls, you might like Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
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- Publisher : Penguin Classics (29 Mar. 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 014118535X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141185354
- Dimensions : 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
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An inspector arrives unannounced at a society house. A girl has committed suicide and he talks to the family one by one, but in the same claustrophobic room, to find out what happened to her and why. Oh when the story unravels and we see how each member of the family have secrets about this girl to spill, then this is like watching lambs to the slaughter. It will also make you think about yourself and how you interact in the world. Every action has consequences - seeing these characters interactions crash into each other, smack them in the face and then pull the rug from under the only one standing, it's delicious to see.
That ending! I still remember how thrilled I was to write about this in my GSCE exam. I could waffle on about this for ages (which was good then as it got my word count up hehe)
Recommended - (book, stage play, two TV adaptations) I've read and seen them all.