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Witty and amusing - even for Wagnerians,
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This review is from: Expecting Someone Taller (Paperback)
This is an enjoyable novel based on Wagner's Ring Cycle, although it certainly takes liberties with its presentation of characters and plot. Despite that I thought it nicely balanced - being sufficiently ridiculous and extreme that most Wagnerians will find it amusing (rather than sacrilegious). All in all however it is pretty light fiction and I sense that often the author is laughing at himself; but towards the end there is some powerful writing and I was impressed. Don't buy this if you just want the Ring Cycle explained but do buy it for a lighthearted escape from reality with some old friends - Rhine Maidens, Wotan and his daughters etc. If you don't care tuppence for Wagner this is probably not the book for you.