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Victorian Rickmaniac

Alan Rickman's reading of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy is truly wonderful. I never would have discovered Hardy's gentle, funny, deadly honest, fabulously observant mind otherwise, and I would have been the poorer for it.

One of the reviews at Amazon described Rickman's narration as "austere." Hahahaha. Like taking a bath in warm chocolate is austere.

And he sings!

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pir_anha
May. 1st, 2003 12:59 am (UTC)
Re: Victorian Rickmaniac
*grin*. sounds delish. is this an audio book?
firecat
May. 1st, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)
Re: Victorian Rickmaniac
Yep, on cassette. amazon writeup
supergee
May. 1st, 2003 04:48 am (UTC)
I had the book as assigned reading in high school, and I enjoyed it.
firecat
May. 1st, 2003 09:17 am (UTC)
Have you read any other Hardy? I'm tempted to try, but I also read somewhere that Return of the Native was his best book.
supergee
May. 1st, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
I also liked The Mayor of Casterbridge.
mac_arthur_park
May. 1st, 2003 08:18 am (UTC)
I think Alan Rickman could read the list of ingredients of a box of laundry detergent and make it sound decadent.
lavendargrrl
May. 1st, 2003 08:25 am (UTC)
Hear, hear!~ I'm agreeing with you...~sigh~ his voice is positively Delicious...
firecat
May. 1st, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
For sure.

Note, I wouldn't say his reading was decadent per se. It was rich and nuanced and melodious (OK, we've lost the chocolate metaphor)
kyubi
May. 1st, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
speaking semi-metaphorically
I guess bittersweet chocolate might be thought "austere" by folks more used to Nestle's Quik...
firecat
May. 1st, 2003 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: speaking semi-metaphorically
Yeah, I suppose you're right. And I definitely meant bittersweet chocolate. :-)
chorus_of_chaos
May. 1st, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
he's officially been added to the list of people who could just sit and read to me forever. I don't care what, classics, poetry, cereal boxes, laundry labels...just read! He's there with Sean Connery james Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, damn, whose that other guy, with the really DDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEPPPPPP voice....sigh...I've actually got this written down somewhere....
marykaykare
May. 1st, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
Alan Rickman. Singing.



MKK
firecat
May. 1st, 2003 10:38 am (UTC)
That was a delicate invisible swoon! (It showed up in my email copy, but not on the web, because you used angle brackets so it thought it was html.)

Shall I revive you long enough to mention that he sings one of the songs in French?
elynne
May. 1st, 2003 02:47 pm (UTC)
Mrowr. Oh, thank you for this... I will have to get this as soon as my check comes in, so I have something to listen to when I'm driving around town. Though it may tempt me to sit in the car for a while after I get wherever I'm going. Mrorw. Mmmmm...

And I've been having Snape dreams again. :]
firecat
May. 1st, 2003 02:55 pm (UTC)
Rickman for free
I originally got it from my local library. Yes, I did rather enjoy driving while I had it.
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