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Ritual | [David Pinner]

Ritual

Police officer David Hanlin is asked to investigate the presumed murder of a child in an obscure rural village in Cornwall. During the protagonist s short stay, he is slowly subjected to a spectacle of psychological trickery, sexual seduction, ancient religious practices and nightmarish sacrificial rituals.
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Police officer David Hanlin is asked to investigate the presumed murder of a child in an obscure rural village in Cornwall. During the protagonist's short stay, he is slowly subjected to a spectacle of psychological trickery, sexual seduction, ancient religious practices and nightmarish sacrificial rituals. Shrouded in the same brand of mystery and contradiction that forms its tangled plot, Ritual, the 1967 debut by playwright David Pinner, is commonly recognised to be the basis for the 1973 film, The Wicker Man, which has enthralled and inspired generations of film enthusiasts throughout the world.

©1967 David Pinner (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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  • Allan
    merseyside, United Kingdom
    3/20/14
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    "So bad I could not finish it"
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    A total re-write. Story is superficial, full of cliches and writing smug, constantly drawing attention to how clever the writer believed himself. It's all yarn and no substance.


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    Narrated to slowly which made it even more painful to listen to. Had to play it double speed before giving up after hearing the first third of the tale


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    The Wicker Man is a great film, supposedly in part based on The Ritual. Thankfully Anthony Shaffer's screenplay didn't take too much notice of this book.

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