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The Story of the Ring Hardcover – 2 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840029382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840029383
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,141,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Birkett was Assistant Director at Ealing Studios where he worked with Peter Ustinov and Sir Peter Hall. He has been Director of Recreation and Arts at the GLC, on the council of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and involved with the National Theatre. Elizabeth Bury is an illustrator and set designer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kriemhild on 5 Oct. 2010
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The story of Wagner's Ring Cycle is well told as a grown-ups fairy story by Michael Birkett, with naive rather cartoon-like illustrations by Elizabeth Bury, which depict some of the principal characters as superficially simple folk, thus failing to convey the true nature of complex individuals like Brunnhilde, Wotan and Siegfried. A distressing flaw is the translation of the title of the second opera, Die Walkure, as 'The Valkyries', when it is about just the one dominating Valkyrie, Brunnhilde herself. There are small typographical errors, some unfortunately in key words, such as the 'adultry' of Sieglinde and Siegmund. Nonetheless, this re-telling of a fascinating story may prompt some Wagner-virgins to sample the operas, perhaps starting with the most popular one: 'The Valkyrie' (not least because of the 'Ride of the Valkyries'), and being sufficiently thrilled to want enjoy the whole cycle, either on DVD or on the stage.
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