Books shelved under “Plays”

4 reviews found

  1. Book cover for Arcadia


    by Iain Pears

    5 out of 5 stars


    Every so often, you read a novel that knocks it out of the park. And I’m not talking about the obvious classics, or the much-hyped new releases that also deliver on what they promise. I’m talking about the ones that sneak up on you. Arcadia is one of the best time travel stories I’ve read in a long while—more than that, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a year already burgeoning with…

  2. Book cover for The Vagina Monologues

    The Vagina Monologues

    by Eve Ensler

    3 out of 5 stars


    Hmm … tricky.

    The Vagina Monologues is the February book for the Banging Book Club, run by Hannah Witton, Lucy Moon, and Leena Norms. It’s also the first book I’ve read for the book club, because I ordered January’s pick, Asking For It, on January 1 … and it only arrived from the UK yesterday.

    Anyway, this is a tough one to review, for a few reasons—not all of them having to do…

  3. Book cover for Arcadia


    by Tom Stoppard

    4 out of 5 stars


    This is one of the plays I could have selected to teach my sixth form students this year. I ultimately decided to go with Kindertransport, also excellent. (I realize now as I write this that I haven’t written a review for it. I will eventually rectify that.) Having read both now, that was probably the right decision. I quite enjoyed Arcadia, and I think my students would have as well. But Kindertransport is…

  4. Book cover for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts

    by Douglas Adams

    5 out of 5 stars


    I first fell in love with h2g2 through the books, then the movie, and finally these radio scripts--I'm too young to have ever heard the original radio series. I tried listening to the BBC "Quaternary" phase, but it just wasn't the same.

    Reading the scripts can never fully approximate the feeling of a radio show, of course. From what I've read of it, the entire affair was zany. At times, apparently, the end of the…