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on 22 March 2013
This is one of those plays that I always think I must get around to reading, so now at last I have done so. J B Priestley's famous play really makes you think and ponder your actions, it is just one of those things that grips you, whether you are seeing it performed or reading it. Set in 1912 in a town called Brumley, in the North Midlands this takes place a week before the sailing of the Titanic; this in itself is one of the little ironies that come up when reading the text.
The story is set in the house of the Birlings, where there is a gathering to celebrate Sheila, the daughter, getting engaged to Gerald Croft. The evening starts off pleasantly enough, that is until they receive a visit from the mysterious Inspector Goole, who is apparently investigating the suicide of a young working class woman, Eva Smith. Whilst Goole investigates this starts to turn into a more secular twist on the old morality plays that were once so popular some centuries back. As we hear all the evidence against the people in the room some of the characters will be shocked and horrified, whilst others deal with it in other different ways.
This makes compulsive and thoughtful reading, really drawing you in and questioning how one person's actions can affect other people. When those in the room start to think that they have been had, they are in for still another shock, one that we can only guess at. In all this is well worth reading.
This nice edition also has a very good introduction by Tim Bezant, which is well worth reading, and as this is for schools and studying you also have a questions section at the back, as well as a glossary. Well produced this is ideal for those who are at school age and are having to study this original, tightly plotted, and well crafted play.