Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 2003
CS ISBN 0754083799 $84.95 Ten cassettes
Jonathan Firth's portrayal of Richard, an artistically obsessed son, is masterful. Firth moves with grace and elegance through du Maurier's exploration of what it means to be the disappointingly ordinary offspring of a world-renowned poet. Richard's mentor, Jake, who saves him from suicide, seems to embody the voice of God, good, or the alter ego, speaking with wisdom, experience, and authority as he leads his pupil to a more fulfilling life. Partnering with du Maurier, Firth takes us on a profound journey from the self-obsession of childhood to the lonely but accepting world of adulthood as Richard grows to understand that he will never be young again and that the spirit can be murdered, as well as the body. M.D.H.
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