This is a dramatization of the story. I have neither read nor listened to the original story.
There are no people like the Brits for putting books to TV, radio, or other cinematic endeavor. They stay true to the author, unlike Hollywood folk who have the brass to think they can improve on the original. True to form, this cast is excellent! As always, the BBC has done an excellent job!
I am sorry that other reviewers were unable to get beyond "yuck, it is a romance". Of course it is; it is a story about alchemy - the metaphysical marriage of chemicals to create other compounds. I enjoyed the story very much. It reminds me of struggles within my own life - searching for my "magic", accepting myself as both dark and light, learning that love is far more than lust, and struggling to communicate with and to trust a life partner. There is a lot of wisdom in the book - if one is willing to go beneath the surface.
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