With international travel plans becoming ever more uncertain all over the globe and many of us in our respective countries beginning to hunker down in this next phase of virus containment, at least we are offered some nice distraction courtesy of Mr A. Well, or courtesy of Penguin Books who have produced a short interview with Richard on the occasion of his recording of C.J. Tudor’s The Other People.
Finally an interview/Q&A that asks the questions I am interested in. It was exactly the first question that I have been curious about – his process of prepping for an audio recording. Well, we could’ve guessed that he would do a full read-through before he got to work on it. It strikes me that it is a somewhat long process – a whole book isn’t read just in one hour. Nice to hear he goes for the full, personal enjoyment of the paper-copy book first, and *then* jumps into creating voices. I think that process is actually audible in his work – it is a very considered balance of narration and “playing”, a bit like the ongoing “play” that is performed in the reader’s mind when they read a book. Kopfkino – without the element of the fantastical that the term actually implies in German.
I have listened to The Other People and I actually have to say that I quite enjoyed that book. I did also hear The Taking of Annie Thorne, and that subject matter was not *quite* my cup of tea. (It has elements of horror/creepiness and the unexplained, sort-of-supernatural that I just can’t quite believe.) The Other People was not a horror story at all, it was much more of a human-interest thriller – without any supernatural stuff creeping in. I wasn’t quite enamored with the ending (slightly too smooth for my taste), but I did enjoy listening to the book. The storyline did keep me interested, and the main characters were believable and fascinating. Have you listened to the C.J. Tudor books yet?
In any case, a nice interview – in very classy b/w. Hello leather jacket, our old friend!!
Hm, is that a new black number?
Purely for the sake of science, here are some comparison pieces.
Undecided. But leather looks good on him, in any case.
Right, lastly a quick thank you to all of you who commented yesterday on my miserable cancellation post. I have to say that it really, really made me feel so much better to read your support of my decision. Sure, if you had all said “stupid idea”, it wouldn’t have changed the fact. The flight would have been cancelled anyway. But it *did* make it so much easier for me to reconcile myself with my decision, with my disappointment and with the whole situation. Today, I am feeling somewhat vindicated in my decision because the Irish government has just issued the news that all schools and créches are to be closed from this evening until 29 March. A good decision, if you ask me. Moreover, as part of the coronavirus measures they have also announced that cultural institutions are to close, and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people should be cancelled, among further recommendations. That kind of confirms my gut feeling about attending a cultural event in London, so I am feeling fine with my decision to cancel. At the same time I am really pleased that I managed to pass on my ticket for tonight’s performance to a fan who is currently in London. I do not know her, and was put in touch with her through a fan on Twitter. But I am so glad that she gets to put her bum on that seat and enjoy the show from row D. A much better outcome than forfeiting that ticket…
So, once again – thank you to all and lots of love to you, wherever you are. Let’s hunker down for a bit and starve out that virus. I’ll be back with some more posts soon! There is stuff to decide and things to discuss.