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AN INSPECTOR CALLS (HEINEMANN PLAYS FOR 14-16+) Hardcover – 1992


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Heinemann (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435232827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435232825
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,508,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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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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I've read it at school with all the rest of the children. We read it aloud and everyone exposed his opinions.I loved the message the author wanted to give us within this book, it's very important that when we are reading we must try to understand the mood in the room, everyone's position and how the inspector's way of inquiring changes the family relationship... Take in account the time it is written in, the social thionking (the division of classes, etc.) and first of all, imagine all the story and the people acting this script.
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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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By A Customer on Sept. 19 1999
Format: Paperback
I read the text previous to studying it for my GCSE examinations and had always thought it profound, but through careful analytical study, one really can empathise with 'Eva Smith.' It is also easy to see that the Birlings, although rich and perhaps sophisticated, also have no iota of common sense of intelligence as their realisation of the Inspector as a fake certainly made me laugh! An absolute must for any budding capitalist.
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By mel on Oct. 2 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Oct. 17 1999
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on April 1 1999
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I think that this book is great we are doing it for our exams this year and it makes you think about the social divisions and what wall is between the rich and the poor. it shows that a typical rich family isn't perfect i think that everyone who can get a copy of this book should because you learn a lot from it and changes your attitude towards rich people.
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