Here's Chapter 12 - (length 08:02)
In which we get some brief updates on how Lester and the kids are keeping house.
KevinS wrote: ↑
March 1st, 2021, 6:22 pm
Your reading is wonderful, of course, but I can't put my finger on why I'm enjoying the content so much. It's a bit like watching a pleasant movie from the 40s, I guess, without the melodrama.
Kevin, thank you for such a kind remark on my reading. I wasn't sure about tackling a long work of fiction, not my usual material, wondering if I'd sound as dry as though I were reading a government report. It gives me confidence to hear that one listener is finding it engaging.
As to the content, I'm also finding it enjoyable. It's like a time-capsule of a particular moment in history, when people were questioning gender roles in the aftermath of WWI, and asking questions that still seem relevant almost 100 years later. Your remark that it feels like a 1940's movie got me started wondering whether there had ever been a 1920's movie of it, when the book was first out, and sent me off to search for the answer. To my delight, I discovered that - Yes! There was a 1925 movie! Directed by King Baggot, and starring Clive Brook and Alice Joyce as Lester and Eva. Even better, the movie has survived, when so many silent movies have been lost. And judging from this review
, it was actually a pretty good and faithful adaptation of the book. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a copy of the movie available on line, but I am hoping it will crop up somewhere eventually, so I can watch it.