The Hired Man: Musical (Tallentire Trilogy 1) Paperback – 1 Oct 1986
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An intensely moving, deeply worked book...There is beauty, humour and a strong sense of reality in the descriptions of an ever-present landscape, whether rural or urban (Sunday Telegraph)
It is an extraordinary blend of delicacy and harsh simplicity which makes Melvyn Bragg a remarkable novelist...deeply unsetting and moving (The Times)
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Bragg's acclaimed story of one family's experience of the social and cultural upheaval of England as it moves into the twentieth century --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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John Tallentire is the hired man. He is a farm labourer who does as he is asked but is rewarded with mere subsistence. He accepts his lot. But then, in an attempt to improve his life, he becomes a coal miner in pits where the workings stretch out under the sea. The First World War comes, and goes, but not without wreaking its own dose of havoc on the family. John lives through attempts at trade union formation. And there is an accident in the coal mine that traps several miners.
And so John's life unfolds, working its way towards a goal one feels that he never chose. He is a hired man, a seller of labour in a market that, by definition, undervalues what he does. It is his lot to respond to the demands and commands of others. His own preferences, his own motivation must always be kept firmly of secondary importance because, as a hired man, he has no resources to apply to his own ends until he has satisfied the demands of others. And, inevitably, those demands are as great as his willingness to fulfil them. Consequently, the rewards of his labours are never enough to raise his life above satisfying the needs of today.
Emily, his wife, lives a dutiful life alongside him. They marry with their lives ahead of them and Emily makes do, happily, with her lot. The children come - and go, since not all of them survive. Neither do the surviving children seem to have much of a chance of their own to break out of the dependency that is their life.Read more ›
The journey has begun.
I performed in this play and the songs were original, the script simple and beautiful. i suggest that if you can not see this play, get the sound track to give you some idea of the epic nature of this production.
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This is history presented in a truly simplistic and absorbing form. This man is underestimated.Published 18 months ago by diannevalerie