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  • Paperback: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French Ltd; Acting ed edition (Dec 1948)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573012059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573012051
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.4 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By sam stone on 27 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
A Review of "An Inspector Calls"
By J.B.Priestly
An inspector calls is a play set in 1912. It is written by J.B. Priestly,who considered himself a spokesman for the average person.
The book is about an inspector who goes to the Birling family'shouse about the sudden death of a girl who has just committed suicide. Theinspector goes round each and everyone of the family asking what linksthey had with Eva Smith. The family reveal secrets which could have playedleading parts which led to the suicide of Eva.
It starts off with theinspector knocking on the Birling family's door. The next thing they knowis that is that they are all sitting round the dining room table withquestions being thrown at them by the inspector. The book starts off quiteslowly but once all the pieces have been put together it really getsgoing.
What make this a really good book are all the twists. They allinterlink with each other and you never know when the next twist is comingup! I have never known such a book to finish in such shock even threeparagraphs before the ending, totally unexpected.
This book did nothave any particular exciting characters. They were just normal averagepeople like you and me. I think this is what Priestly was trying toachieve and he did this well, it could of happened to anyone!
If you read this book, you will need deep concentration becausedespite its easy language all the characters interlink with each other,and have unexpected twists. The message this book is, don't take anyonefor granted and try to not regret anything do everything you can to helpsomeone.
Sam Stone
Sutton Valence School
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Nelson on 10 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the second audiobook in the BBC Classic Radio Theatre series to feature a play by J B Priestley and is a distinct improvement on the first (Time and the Conways). Originally broadcast on Radio 4 in May 2010 it boasts an ideal cast with Toby Jones absolutely right as the mysterious Inspector Goole. It is he who exposes the well-heeled, middle-class Birling family headed by industrialist Arthur Birling (David Calder) as complicit in the suicide of a young working-class girl. Priestley's classic morality play has never sounded better on radio and the director, Jeremy Mortimer, is especially good in establishing the cosily complacent atmosphere of the opening scene and in controllng the essential dynamics of the play. A special word of praise to Morven Christie, who is perfect as Sheila Birling. For some reason the running time is given as 2 hours 40 minutes when it is actually no more than 1 hour 30 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hula hoops...... on 14 Mar 2007
Format: Hardcover
i am reading this in my class for gcse english it has got such a twist in it its fab i love the character eric i am a little bit squiffy! the inspector is such a good character how he is so aburpt and stern and makes nearly all of them regret there actions the play preformed on stage is also amazing i would reconmend this to anyone who loves a good moral mystery murder well suicide and to have all there ideas how they thought the play would end out of the window

read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Wright on 19 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a school or college edition in English with notes in German, but you just need to ignore the footnotes - it is perfetly good for acting purposes and much cheaper than alternatives (it doesn't have stage diagram, props or effects list etc - but it's otherwise complete text and stage directions.) It's about A6 sized and handy for the pocket, yet the type size is reasonable; binding is basic but stronger than some.
Very good value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By helenseymour on 2 May 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Had to order for son for his English lessons it was the correct copy required by school and my son likes it
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
An Inspector Calls A play set in 1912, you need to understand the historical context if you are to understand issues raised in the play, through looking at life in England at the time. It was written by J.B. Pristley (1894-1984), he was a man of social convictions who considered himself to be a spokesman for the common sense of the common man. Class system What is the class system and how is it structured? What are the different classes functions and positions in society? Theme 1 - Class System People were expected to know their place in society and stick to it and moving from one section of the class system to another was frowned upon by those in power. Workers were beginning to let it be known that they wanted to have a say in what happened to them and did so through strikes and the formation of trade unions to co-ordinate these actions. The story starts at the wealthy family's dinnertable, celebrating Sheila and Gerald's engagement. I decided to write about these three persons in the book, because I think they plaid more than the other actors
Character Profile - Arthur Birling Mr. Birling is almost a stereotype/caricature of the capitalistic businessman its inherent callous heartlessness. Note references to capitalism, business and profit. He is proud of his status and reminds other of it, especially when trying to put the Inspector in his place. He is so uneasy about these matters that he is uneasy about Gerald marrying Sheila (. At the end of the play it is the possible loss of his knighthood that bothers him most, not his conscience.
Character Profile - Eric Birling Eric can be seen to be hostile towards his parents, especially his father, in the comments that he makes which undermine them. This contrasts with Sheila, whose comments are more balanced and considered.
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