I hope that this is the return to regular reading updates. I really, really hope so.
Pygmalion (1912/1916) by George Bernard Shaw was a re-read this week. I found an audiobook of oa production with Stephen Fry as Higgins, so I could not resist revisiting this story.
I’m really glad that I did because I had forgotten many of the details of the original story that gave rise to My Fair Lady. One of the differences I forgot, because My Fair Lady is just so much more visible (and it features a young Jeremy Brett as Freddy), is that Eliza does not end up with Higgins and that Freddy plays a bigger role. I also liked that the production included Shaw’s postscript of 1916 in which he explains and describes “What Happened Afterwards”.
I didn’t think Fry made a good Higgins, but it was not horrible, and that really is my only and minor complaint. Other than this, I really liked the discussion at the end of the play as to why Eliza’s elocution lessons leave her as inept to cope with the real world of business as Freddy’s formal education.
Murder Before Evensong (2022) by The Rev. Richard Coles.
I have only really known Coles from his tv appearances on QI and some of his radio programmes, but I was intrigued enough to want to read what kind of murder mystery he would write.
Murder Before Evensong started off with the great premise of a congregation being thrown into turmoil when plans are unveiled to install a lavatory in church. That sounded fab. And for the first two or three chapters, I was happy reading the story.
After that however, the stroy seemed to have lost steam, and I have to admit that my lack of knowledge of the workings of the CoE and its related terminology left me quite a bit bored.
I liked the ending, or rather, the solution to the murders, but overall, I am not sure that I will continue with the series.
The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works – William Shakespeare (see The Will’s World Project)
The Best Detective Stories – Cyril Hare
Marple: Twelve New Mysteries – various authors
Lady Joker, Vol. 1 – Kaoru Takamura
When Christ and His Saints Slept – Sharon Kay Penman