Under Milk Wood is Dylan Thomas's undisputed and unforgettable masterpiece - an affectionate, but hilarious portrait of a small Welsh town. The classic 1954 recording, featuring a perfect cast led by Richard Burton as "First Voice", is rightly considered to be definitive. This collection also includes two earlier radio programs: Return Journey to Swansea and Quite Early One Morning, read by Dylan Thomas and others. Enjoyable in their own right, they also provide a fascinating insight into the process that led towards Under Milk Wood.
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Brilliant, humanistic, witty
This is Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" in a Welsh version. It's suffused with wit and charm. The "plot" is everyday life in a quiet place haunted by the soul of its past, which make the town at Llareggub ("Buggerall" spelled backwards) Hill what it was, is, and presumably will always be. The "foreign" people and setting with their universal lives add up to experiences we can all identify with.
The narrators were excellent, but ignorantly unidentified as to who played which parts.
The "other plays" are unidentified, as are their casts, but they are obvious snatches and early attempts to creating this "radio play." It's a pity their dates and reasons for writing are omitted, as are their names and the dates they were written.
These omissions are why the review didn't deserve an overall fifth star.
My parents owned this on vinyl back in the 1960's and it achieved cult status in our household so I was thrilled to find this full version featuring Richard Burton on Audible. Perhaps as someone who has spent time in South Wales it has more resonance for me but I would be surprised if anyone interested in dramatic prose or poetry couldn't find something to enjoy about this lovely, nostalgic cameo of life in a Welsh village.
"It still send shivers half a century later..."
As a teenager in the fifties I heard the original broadcast; the following day at school my friends and I could talk of little else; our excitement at this magical experience of this new work was palpable. The book became - and remains - a treasured possession and I have heard and seen other productions. Investing in the Audible version so long after I wondered how my experience would stand up to my memories. All I can say is that the original excitement returned and the shivers remained...
This book is an absolute classic from Wales' own Dylan Thomas. It is beautifully read by Richard Burton, who really brings the colours, smells and innermost feelings of the people who are embroiled in the storyline to life; you feel like you are there seeing it for yourself.
If you only buy one Dylan Thomas book, buy this one; you won't be disappointed.
If that wasn't enough, there are other stories and poems that are included with this download, so you get even better value for your money!
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