This varied, well-chosen selection brings onto one audiobook the best of Dylan Thomas. Here is the legendary recording of "Under Milk Wood", with Richard Burton and Richard Bebb as narrators; but here also are two radio productions he wrote before that great classic, and though interesting in their own right, they show how "Under Milk Wood" grew gradually in his imagination.
This collection includes "Under Milk Wood", "Return Journey to Swansea", and "And death shall ahve no dominion" and other poems. It also includes "Memories of Christmas", "The Peaches", "The Outing", "The Followers", "Do not go gentle into that good night", and other poems.
Thomas was a charismatic if idiosyncratic performer of his own poetry and stories and here is a representative selection.
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Dylan Thomas's rampant and enthralling wordplay, dancing impishly through the lives and loves of its characters with a roguish wink at their weaknesses, is here read as well as it was written. It swirls like a bubbling stream with an ebb and flow which matches its substance perfectly. With the lilt which only Welsh accents could give it, it is as close to music as poetry can be, glorying in one of the most musical accents in the English-speaking world, and the one in which it was originally given flesh and form. I cannot imagine it performed with more verve, subtlety and expressiveness.
"close your eyes and spoil yourself"
I cannot tell you how powerful this recording is, how vivid and entrancing are the images it paints.
Play it to your children and let them hear the richness of english, let them hear the townsfolk as they dream. It might just be better than eastenders - innit?
"The Essential Dylan Thomas"
Dylan Thomas Welsh Poet Laureate; any reviewer can but provide a ghostly synopses enough to induce the work to be eagerly devoured. Let no reviewer exhibit the temerity to even indicate of ?better? performances than the authors own.
His ?idiosyncrasies? are his very being, the ear that captures the very essence of his environs the eyes that catch the very soul of its inhabitants and the mind that displays them for our purveyance, to have the privilege to hear HIS own voice is to overhear the original conversation simultaneously viewing the original image.
For an Englishman with Welsh antecedents Dylan Thomas provides an English window into a Welsh landscape, mine own reminiscences of ancient uncle basking on his coal bunker, suppers by aunts grandmothers clock are still as fresh as the childhood long gone, but who will want to hear them?
His recollections provide a prism showing author and subject in bright repose that you might share precious time in their company.
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