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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Unabridged edition (22 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571244041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571244041
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of twenty-six of Larkin's best-known poems, read by the poet

About the Author

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922 and was educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, and St John's College, Oxford. As well as his volumes of poems, which include The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows, he wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and two books of collected journalism: All What Jazz: A Record Diary, and Required Writing: Miscellaneous Prose. He worked as a librarian at the University of Hull from 1955 until his death in 1985. He was the best-loved poet of his generation, and the recipient of innumerable honours, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and the WHSmith Award.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Abdool on 17 Aug 2009
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'This is the first time I have read before such a large audience,' Larkin once said on Radio 4. A tiny pause. 'And if I have anything to do with it, the last.' He seemed to prefer the smallest audience possible whether it was George Hartley, his tape spools turning slowly as Larkin recited his verse, swallowing both his stammer and annoyance with the noisy recording conditions; or here after Sunday lunch in a converted garage with only his sound engineer friend John Weeks for company.

We too are an audience of one for any poet we read, but the complicity between reader and writer is where Larkin particularly thrives. It's implicit in his reasons for writing ('I suppose the kind of response I am seeking from the reader is, Yes, I know what you mean, life is like that') and explicit as he invites us inside to share his bleak though never entirely hopeless view ('You can see how it was', 'Think of being them', 'We know beyond doubt'). The rewards for going with him are the vivid journeys and consolations he provides.

'The Sunday Sessions' lifts that complicity to another level. Now Larkin addresses us directly as his gently see-sawing delivery sets the scenes for his poems. These are rendered with extraordinary precision using a wide range of devices. In 'Mr Bleaney', we see 'Flowered curtains, thin and frayed/Fall to within five inches of the sill'. Condensing our waiting-room culture of patience into four brief lines, Larkin shows us, 'There are paperbacks, and tea at so much a cup/Like an airport lounge, but those who tamely sit/On rows of steel chairs turning the ripped mags/Haven't come far.' His pause in the last line of 'Home is so Sad' ensures we catch the god-awfulness of 'That vase'.

Then he gives the occupants of those settings a voice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Borlasian on 21 Oct 2009
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The poems read here just epitomise Larkin's work. To hear him reading such poems as The Old Fools, Church Going and The Whitsun Weddings is wonderful. A collection of 26 poems that takes you back to the written originals to see if you agree with his interpretation!!

Good quality sound reproduction, very little documentation included. A must for anyone who enjoys his work.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gidley on 10 Jun 2009
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Why hasn't this new release had more coverage? I only found out about it because my miserabilist chum who works in the City received it for his birthday recently. It's a joy. Every Sunday, after the pub (one hopes), Pop Larkin went into the garage and laid down a few tracks on the old reel-to-reel. Skip forward a few decades and the tapes are discovered on the shelf, gathering dust and growing a rind. What a magnificent discovery. They're all here - The Whitsun Weddings, Church Going, Toads, The Old Fools, Vers De Societe - around 45 minutes in total. Larkin reads them with a droll, conversational panache that makes you (well, me anyway) laugh out loud at their mordant wit and charm. He is the Dad. Buy this CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gallagher on 28 May 2010
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Beautiful readings from the greatest post-WWII poet in the English-speaking world. This collection is well worth having for any Larkin admirer or anyone who appreciates the spoken word. Pure poetry indeed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Isola on 9 Feb 2011
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The 26 poems on this CD are the contents of two tapes recorded simply in a colleague's garage two decades ago - and what a find! The duration is approximately an hour and includes tracks from 'The North Ship' (1945), 'The Witsun Weddings' (1964) and 'High Windows'(1974); the sound quality is exceptionally clear.

After reading his two novels, I came to appreciate Larkin's work more via a charity performance of 'Down Cemetry Road' - The Landscape of Philip Larkin, with Alan Bennett and Patrick Garland, but I hadn't heard him recite his own work.

At first I was disappointed with Larkin's performance. I found myself listening to a charmless voice with an upper crust accent giving what appeared to be an understated delivery. But there's something about a poet reciting his or her own work which completely disturbs my own inferences (Stevie Smith being a prime example). When I played the CD again, I immediately found the appeal, the droll wit and perfect intonation in every poem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fraser Magee on 20 May 2010
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This is a remarkable collection. Recorded at Larkin's behest and rescued from anonymity in a dusty basement several years ago it is probably the definitive account of his output. The poems contained span his entire career and include the classics "Whitsun Weddings", "Churchgoing", "Toads"' and "At Grass". The track listing gives an idea of the order in which Larkin himself may have wished his poems to be heard. The sound quality is good and Larkin's tone throughout is of the modest watchfulness of an outsider which characterises his poems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ennis del mar on 8 Nov 2010
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Some of the best recordings of a fine poet reading his own poetry you are ever likely to hear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR M on 19 May 2013
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I have just received this CD and am only commenting on the running time
The running time description quotes "approx. 1 hour" i.e. 60 minutes whereas actual running time is 45 minutes.
45 minutes is not approx. 1 hour nor 60 minutes
A bit misleading
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