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An Inspector Calls [Paperback]

J. B. Priestley
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December 1965 Hereford Plays
One of a series presenting a wide choice of 20th-century drama. The books offer scene-by-scene analysis, structured questions and assignment suggestions for GCSE. In this play, a prosperous family's party is interrupted by a caller (apparently a police inspector) about a girl's suicide

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Priceless Allegory Dec 28 2001
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J.B. Priestley's classic drama "An Inspector Calls" has a sturdy allegorical ring that reminds me of another great British author's work, "A Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan. The Birling family, prominent society figures of Brunley, a North Midlands town, are celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila to the son of a prominent local family when a man calling himself Inspector Goole arrives unannounced.
Whatever triumphal joy they earlier felt is soon washed away as the Inspector informs them that a young woman by the name of Eva Smith has just died in the local infirmary, a painful suicide victim prompted by taking disinfectant. Gradually he draws everyone in the household into the picture. All are implicated in the tragic downfall leading to Eva's suicide. Mr. Birling fired her after she was a leader in a strike at his factory, resulting from her asking for a fair weekly wage. His daugher Sheila caused a dismissal from Eva's next job at a department store in a jealous rage over the young woman's good looks. Sheila's husband to be Gerald found a room for her temporarily, had an affair with her, then let her go. Eric Birling, Sheila's brother, impregnated her, after which she sought help from the charity committee headed by Mrs. Birling, who coldly spurned her.
The only two members of the Birling household who feel appropriately contrite are Eric and Sheila. When it appears that the incident might be a hoax the others are relieved, ignoring their abominable behavior toward the girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A profound book with an important social message Oct. 18 1999
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This book was a dramatic masterpiece. Its profound message forces all of us to re-examine how we act towards people and the consequences of our actions. I read an Inspector Calls for school and have also seen the play. In class we read the book aloud and the content of the story certainly led to some interesting debates about society. The message behind the book is very powerful, and yet concealed behind a tense mystery with no real conclusion. We do not know the identity of the Inspector, just as we do not know if all the events happened to one girl, or to various girls. The reactions of the characters are very interesting, and serve to make this book a dramatic masterpiece containing a profound analysis of human nature and a strong moral message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GCSE study Oct. 2 2003
By mel
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goodness! having just written up my essay on an inspector calls, i have found these reviews! a little late, but better late than never. the review pages are fab, thanx amazon. an inspector calls is set in the industrial revolution about a family who all, without knowing it, participate to a young girl's death. but there are lots of twists and turns to be exposed! enjoy it xmelx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector calls July 4 2001
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I am currently studying this book at school and am thourly enjoying it it is a great book and as i am doing an essay on it i thought im would come and get some review on it this has helped me a lot and thanx to Amazon[.com]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical murder story. May 27 2001
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I really liked this book.
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An Inspector Calls is a play for the thinkers in our world.Who love to ponder on the actions and consquences of every person. This book is clever, mysterious and thought provoking. Anyone who reads it will be captured by the Inspector and his inquiry into the death of the character Eva Smith! This makes you think (if only for the few hours after reading it) of your own actions and there possible consquences in life and perhaps of the better world we could live in IF we only went through life constantly thinking of others!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it, you'll learn a lot from it! Feb. 21 2000
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As many of the other readers, I read it at school, and we got the chance to see the play as well. It's a book that deserves to be analysed as the message is one to be learnt by all. Although I myself do not completely agree with the message, it is an interesting and readable book and I suggest that you read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply an excellent book!! Oct. 17 1999
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Iam, yet again, another student studying this set text at GCSE level. To be honest, I don't enjoy reading, but this book is different! It is the kind of book that you can't put down! Also, the way each individual character is in someway responsible for 'Eva Smiths' downfall is extrodinary. A super book for everyone! (even people like me, who aren't so keen on reading!)
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