The Complete Inspector Morse (new revised edition) Paperback – 28 Oct 2011
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About the Author
David Bishop lectures in creative writing at Napier University. He has written several novels, as well as writing radio and TV dramas for the BBC and having graphic novels published in four languages.
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All of Colin Dexter's brilliant original novels are reviewed and annotated in an extremely intriguing way - for instance, both Morse's love of the demon drink (and Lewis's resistance!) are chronicled together with his love of pornography (not translated to the small screen...) His love life (or lack of same) are there too, together with fully detailed overviews of the stories and cross references to (amongst other things)crosswords and Morse's eclectic musical selections.
The fascinating sideways look continues with a review of each and every television story - some of the previous detail being added to. In particular, I found the annotation of the appearances of Dexter in his progeny's screen life amusing along with the cat and mouse game played throughout both books and tv in respect of Morse's first name. In fact, it could be said that the book is a notable 'endeavour' in this respect!
The tome concludes with a list of references to other material related to Morse - including Internet sites, but, for the most poignant section of the book, you will need to return to the Foreword - a short appreciation of John Thaw, who will remain immortalised as Morse and, of course, much missed.
This desperately needs a proper index or table of contents. As it is, the TOC consists of only:
The Evolution of Morse
and 5 Appendices.
I haven't seen the printed version - hopefully it is better - but I'm afraid the Kindle version is very disappointing in this respect.
It's fine if you want to read through it sequentially, but to dip into, it's hopeless.
1. p. 16 The sentence 'Crowther insists Morse is summoned' sounds awkward ('Crowther insists that Morse be summoned' would make more sense); 'He goes to the hospital and asks Sue asks for a photograph of herself': 'asks' is repeated after 'Sue'.
2. p. 26 The Shakespeare quotation is not from 'Henry IV, Part 2' but 'Henry VI, Part 2': Bishop has copied this mistake from Dexter. It isn't a misprint by the novels' publishers (Macmillan/Pan), since the quotation is misattributed again in the heading to Chapter 34 of 'The Daughters of Cain', where the exact lines from the play (4.1.1-2) are cited. As I guess that his publishers won't help me contact Dexter directly or indirectly (I've given up on publishers), I hope someone close to the novelist here alerts him to this error.
3. p. 42 The murderer is 'Charles', not 'Conrad', Richards.
4. p. 51 Sarah's surname - as spelt in the novel - is 'Jonstone', not 'Johnston'.
5. p. 110 Morse hears Mozart's Piano Concerto 14, not a Handel concerto, a mistake also occurring in the DVD subtitles. The Handel is actually heard in a later scene (when Morse drives into Oxford), at which point Bishop and the DVD subtitles incorrectly ascribe the music to Haydn: curiously, Bishop identified the music correctly - Handel - in his 2002 edition. What sounds like a Haydn quartet is heard earlier at Morse's office while speaking on the phone.Read more ›
Enhances you enjoyment of the brilliant series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought thi was the books. It was only a summary and opinion of the books. Not what I wanted. I felt mislead.Published 3 months ago by Tim Wilkinson
A great book for all morse fans a must read it explains everything and shows the differences between book and seriesPublished 8 months ago by kayemarian
not what I expected. But read through to the end. Not a book I would reread.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is described as a new revised edition, I was somewhat surprised to find out how out of date it is. Other than that it does have a lot of interesting background information.Published 22 months ago by R PAYNE