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The Waste Land & Four Quartets | [T.S. Eliot]

The Waste Land & Four Quartets

These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.
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Publisher's Summary

These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

"The Wasteland", first published in 1922, is one of Eliot's most influential works and has long been on the syllabus for A-Level English Literature.

"Four Quartets" consists of four long poems, first published between 1935 and 1942. They are linked by common themes, and are individually "Burnt Norton", "East Coker", "The Dry Salvages", and "Little Gidding".

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What the Critics Say

"Complex, erudite, cryptic, satiric, spiritually earnest, and occasionally lyrical, ['The Waste Land'] became one of the most recognizable landmarks of modernism....['the "Four Quartets'] were the first of Eliot's poems to reach a wide public and they succeeded in communicating in modern idiom the fundamentals of Christian faith and experiences." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)

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    Judith Pittsburgh, PA, USA 08-14-08
    Judith Pittsburgh, PA, USA 08-14-08 Member Since 2008

    I believe in global warming, re-cycling, using less. I like making things, painting and reading. And eating. Yes.

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    "Exquisite!"

    Paul Schofield's reading of these two poems is nothing short of masterful. Even after years of reading and loving "The Four Quartets", I found my appreciation of the rhythm, language and structure growing. There is nothing better than listening to poetry read aloud by a master. I highly recommend this selection.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Lexington, MA, USA 05-19-10
    Louis Lexington, MA, USA 05-19-10
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    "Help -- I can't stop listening to this"

    Especially Four Quartets. Is there some kind of Four Quarterts recovery group for addicts?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Johnson Victoria, BC 04-12-09
    Mike Johnson Victoria, BC 04-12-09 Member Since 2004

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    "None Sharper!"

    T.S. Eliot delivered by an excellent reader/interpreter. Highest praise for two aspects. Clear vision of our continuing decline - hard to imagine this was once dismissed as well as a quantum perspective also upheld by the repeal of "localism". One of the few works of Art that resonates in the consciousness.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Penrith, Australia 01-03-12
    David Penrith, Australia 01-03-12

    I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.

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    "A breath of understanding"
    Would you listen to The Waste Land & Four Quartets again? Why?

    I have studied the work for many years; Scofield's reading has given new meaning to this amazing and at times puzzling poem I have heard things that it would seem I have never read and reached a new understanding of the work.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert PARIS, France 05-05-12
    Robert PARIS, France 05-05-12
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    "Superb interpretation."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enthusiastically. It brings meaning to a difficult text.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meaningfulness of the reading.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Scofield – was your favorite?

    Not relevant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me understand.


    Any additional comments?

    The best download on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Western, WA 11-18-13
    Betty Western, WA 11-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Beautiful and Moving!"
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    This audio performance by Paul Scofield delights and brings a tear to my eye every time I listen. It never, never, never becomes old and stale. T.S. Eliot is a mini holiday! So lovely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gunnar Benckert Täby, Sweden 03-23-12
    Gunnar Benckert Täby, Sweden 03-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "My favorite poems"

    The Waste Land is my favorite poem and it is beautifully read by Paul Scofield. I don't know how many times I have listened to this book, and I just keep returning to it all the time. Non ultra plus!

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    "The 20th century"

    Paul Scofield's reading of these masterworks is wonderful, incomparable - do not even think of buying Eliot's own dull, flat renderings unless you intend to get both versions.

    Even as I type this short review, I feel impatient to play through the poems again...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
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    12/23/12
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    "A must for all literature lovers"

    Whatever your feelings about poetry, it is an undeniable truth that it has so much more impact when it is heard than when it is read. What a joy therefore to come across this excellent audio-edition of these two complex and meaty poems by T. S. Eliot. The beauty of the audio-recordings lie in the way that you can listen to the poems as a whole again and again and discover more and more about the central truths they offer about life and what it is to be human with each listening. Not a choice for the fainthearted, but if you like literature and poetry, you will not regret buying this! An audiobook that stands an infinite number of re-readings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    2/17/12
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    "Wasted on the young"

    There is a bit of an Eliot renaissance going on at the time of re-reading The Waste Land and Four Quartets with the launch of an app which gives access at the touch of a screen to the final draft, the Ezra Pound-annotated version and early drafts, various audio recordings of eminent readers and a video performance by Fiona Shaw together with hyperlinks to all of the background references on which the poem is built. It all makes me envious and inevitably I think back to the hours and hours that I spent in the University chasing one reference to the next moving from shelf to shelf and reading around and losing the overall sense of where I was in the poem. Oddly, I think the act of physically walking around a library is a good metaphor for the approach to The Waste Land - an app is a little too straight-forward. Yes, you immediately get access to all of the relevant information. But, more to the point, what is not ‘relevant’ does not appear on the screen in front of you. Having the time to get lost in literature is one of the great pleasures of being a full time student. I never left the library without my full complement of six books to be taken out at any one time. Reading from start to finish and following the complete works was a particular discipline and a diminishing pleasure - but following up a particular reference on a particular point was - and still is - the source of real excitement. Knowing that any reference can be entered on Google and fully explained narrows this and I’m not sure that the result is nearly as satisfying. Given that we live in an age of closing libraries is it too much to link the rise of the app with the decline of the inter-library loan? Best always to get back to the original text which, as a reader now at the age at which Eliot as the writer was when he wrote - only serves to broaden and deepen the emotional response to the words.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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