Bruce Wilson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (44 of 51)
Birthday: 10 July


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,533,710 - Total Helpful Votes: 44 of 51
Tales from the Perilous Realm by Brian Sibley
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
"Leaf by Niggle" is the closest JRRT ever came to true allegory, and is something of a spiritual autobiography. The tree that Niggle tries to paint but keeps being distracted by details represents his Middle Earth Legendarium, particularly the Silmarillion; Mr. Parish represents his 'secular' responsibilities as a professor, husband, father, citizen, etc. The Journey is, of course Death. The Workhouse is Purgatory. The valley with the tree is the Earthly Paradise, and the land beyond the mountains is Heaven.

"Farmer Giles of Ham" on the surface seems to be a pleasant Midaeval adventure tale, but there are subversive elements to it. In this sort of story one expects the Brave… Read more
Dylan Thomas - Under Milk Wood ~ Sir Anthony Hopkins
Dylan Thomas - Under Milk Wood ~ Sir Anthony Hopkins
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
My father is a (now retired) professor of speech and drama; he has directed Under Milkwood I don't know how many times. Hence, I am quite familiar with the text.
Anthony Hopkins has a very good reputation as an actor, but his performance as the First Voice left much to be desired. He read far too quickly and did not savour the sound values of the words. ". . .the sloe-black, slow, black, fishing-boat-bobbing sea," for example just calls on the reader to linger over the rich vowels, but he just hurried through them. Some of the other readers had the same problem, but not to the extent that Hopkins did.
Elton John is certainly a talented composer, but his setting of Polly… Read more