... Deciding that this would also give me an opportunity to improve my mind somewhat, I looked around for more classical titles and one of the first I chose was this recording of Under Milk Wood, first broadcast in 1963 and which the BBC have re-mastered for the digital age.
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"...chose was this recording of Under Milk Wood, first broadcast in 1963 and which the BBC have re-mastered for the digital age.
Under Milk Wood is a radio play, written for broadcast on the BBC, by Dylan Thomas, one of Wales' most famous sons. It details the minutiae of a day in the life of Llareggub,a small Welsh fishing village, reputedly based on Laugharne where for many years Thomas lived with his wife Caitlin. Llareggub, read backwards demonstrates ..."
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<blockquote>To begin at the beginning: it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobble streets silent and the hunched, courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloe black, slow, black, crow black fishing boat-bobbing sea. [...] And all the people of the lulled and dumbfounded town are sleeping now.</blockquote><p>Subtitled "A Play for Voices", Dylan Thomas's best known work, <I>Under Milk Wood</I>, carries the double legacy of the author's extensive work for radio--a medium for which, like the very different Samuel Beckett, he had an almost intuitive grasp--and his skill and ability as a poet. A polyphonic evocation of a day in the life of an imaginary small Welsh seaside town, Thomas's play--"a green leaved sermon on the innocence of men"--visits in turn the inhabitants of Llareggub (read it backwards for the joke) while they sleep, when they wake and go about their daily activities, as the night falls. Balancing a rhythmic, densely poetic language with a nuanced ear for the musical cadences of speech, the play's gentle, affectionate charm and humour resonate to create a deeply textured portrait of a community responding almost mythically to the awakening of spring.<p>The introduction to this new edition details the book's slow genesis and reveals a more serious aspect of Thomas's creation--it was composed in part as a response to the terrible inheritance of World War II--in which the affirmative, redemptive cast of the play carries a moral dimension, an imaginative, lyrical empathy for the regenerative innocence of the average human being and their capacity for grace. Llareggub becomes a space in which eccentricity is tolerated, sin is forgiven and love is nurtured--or at least dreamt about and possible. Thomas has a democratic compassion for the small dramas of the everyday and a belief that what is commonplace unites us, all underscored by the transformative power of the language he bestows on each inhabitant. His characters--Captain Cat, Myfanwy Price, Organ Morgan, Willy Nilly the Postman, Polly Garter, Dai Bread, and others--generously animated and blessed by their author, have entered many people's affection and literary memory. In this light, it is easy to see why <I>Under Milk Wood</I> has remained one of the best-loved works of the 20th century and one of the great plays for radio. --<I>Burhan Tufail</I>