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4.0 out of 5 stars A slightly unrevised edition, 13 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: The Complete Inspector Morse: From the Original Novels to the TV Series (Hardcover)
After reading the 2002 edition three years ago, I emailed the publishers to notify them of some errors and misprints and also ask them for the author's email address, but they never replied. Having received my copy of the revised edition this morning, I was disappointed that only some mistakes have been corrected. Below is a list of the errors that still exist in the new edition.

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. The Mozart aria isn't from 'Don Giovanni' but 'The Marriage of Figaro' ('Porgi amor'): the DVD subtitles identify this correctly. 'Chopin's "Don Giovanni"' should read 'Mozart's...'. (There's a piece not mentioned by Bishop and which I don't recognize, heard when Lewis calls on Morse in his office and switches off the radio.)

6. p. 116 The snippet heard isn't Mozart's E flat 'Sinfonia Concertante', though at first it does sound like the second movement: it could be a Handel, and if it is, Bishop identified it correctly in the 2002 edition, here most probably adopting the mistake from the DVD subtitles.

7. p. 119 'awash was' should read '...with'.

8. p. 120 The aria heard is not from Verdi's 'Falstaff' but Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' (Manon's 'Sola, perduta, abbandonata'), though we see the record cover of Verdi's opera (this error also appears in the subtitles of the DVD, from which - like the Handel, Haydn, and Mozart above - Bishop may have copied it).

9. p. 135 'The inspector...switches it off at Jane's request': it's she who turns off the music, not Morse; the work heard in the scene with Mrs Warbut at the end isn't Bach's 'St John Passion' but Alain's 'De Jules Lemaitre' (identified on Helen Roulston's site).

10. p. 153 Bishop misses the 3rd Schumann String Quartet heard when Lewis visits Morse: this piece is identified on Roulston's site.

11. p. 163 'Justorum Anime' should be '...animae', and the anthem isn't 'Tudor' but by Orlande de Lassus.

12. p. 208 Lady Emily plays Mozart's Piano Sonata in D KV 311 when told of Harry's death, not Beethoven's Piano Concerto 4, which is heard earlier (when she and Jessica first meet): this error also exists in the subtitles.

13. p. 211 'Nicole' is misspelt as 'Nicola'.

14. p. 213 'Signora Ascolta' should read 'Signore...'.

15. p. 222 'Che Faro Senza Eurydice' should be '...Euridice', and 'Orfeo et Eurydice' (a Franco-Italian title?) should read '...ed Euridice'; 'Misere' should be 'Miserere'.

16. p. 226 '(91st movement)' must be '(1st...)'.

17. p. 234 Though 'Traume' from the 'Wesendonck-Lieder' was recorded and is included in Volume 3 of the 'Morse' CD (Virgin), it doesn't appear anywhere in 'Twilight of the Gods' which I watched so many times in order to track down the moment when the song is supposed to be sung: Gwladys Probert sings only from Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene, not the song (why 'Traume' was recorded in the first place is a mystery: this song - rather than the GOTTERDAMMERUNG finale - should've been used to conclude the episode).

18. p. 254 'a Mozart' should read 'Mozart's'.

19. p. 259 'Knappertsbusch' is misspelt as 'Knappertbusch'.

PS I think reference should be made in the 'Identity Parade' section to Patricia Hodge's most famous TV role Phyllida Trant (Mrs Erskine-Brown) and Peter Blythe's equally famous portrayal of Samuel Ballard in the popular courtroom show 'Rumpole of the Bailey' (the former appears in 'Ghost in the Machine', the latter in 'The Death of the Self').

PPS The third edition, which features material on the sequel LEWIS, will be released during the first week of February 2008.

A. Bahbahani
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