Just finished my re-listen of the novel's adaptation. I had forgotten how MUCH I loved it. You know, having read the original (a couple different editions of it, if I recall--some with a few of the more salacious parts excised or toned down, and then some with extended scenes and much more detail), I really think that David, Scott and Alex got this perfect. It improves on the classic, in my opinion. Is that blasphemy? I remember not liking Dorian as a human being very much when I first read Wilde's novel years ago. This adaptation doesn't soften his edges--he's still an out and out bastard, but the production really makes you feel his pain, as he comes to realize just how terrible he has become.
Listening to the "behind the scenes" at the end, Alex, David and Scott are discussing how the Dorian in "Picture" differs from the Dorian in "Confessions"...and he does, very much so. But it's very ironic that it's his desire to change and be good that is his undoing. I guess he had reached the point of no return.
Interesting characters--I liked Basil, Sybil, and Alan--tragic figures all, and they paid steep prices for loving Dorian. Conversely, I didn't care for Harry--he may have actually had sociopathic tendencies, and I really dislike sociopaths. All were wonderfully voiced!
It's great, isn't it? I will be listening and relistening to this series for many years to come!
Well first there's THAT twist. And then the music at the end. Thank goodness it wasn't in the music suite. I do have to say, on the extras, every one i've listened to has been very very easy light listening.
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