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Morality Play By Barry Unsworth

Morality Play by Barry Unsworth

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Summary

The national bestseller: A medieval murder mystery full of the wonders of the time-and lessons for our own time-by a master storyteller.

Morality Play Summary

Morality Play by Barry Unsworth

The time is the fourteenth century. The place is a small town in rural England, and the setting a snow-laden winter. A small troupe of actors accompanied by Nicholas Barber, a young renegade priest, prepare to play the drama of their lives. Breaking the longstanding tradition of only performing religious plays, the groups leader, Martin, wants them to enact the murder that is foremost in the townspeoples minds. A young boy has been found dead, and a mute-and-deaf girl has been arrested and stands to be hanged for the murder. As members of the troupe delve deeper into the circumstances of the murder, they find themselves entering a political and class feud that may undo them. Intriguing and suspenseful, Morality Play is an exquisite work that captivates by its power, while opening up the distant past as new to the reader.

Morality Play Reviews

"A historical novelist of rare talent. . . . A spare and disquieting tale that, like a morality play itself, urges us to question the allure of Murder One, Prime Suspect 3, and our most recent trial of the century." -- Linda Simon - Boston Globe
"In Morality Play, [Unsworth] has created an entertaining, thought-provoking work of remarkable scope and detail." -- Rick Quackenbush - Houston Chronicle
"A perfect novel. . . . This book dazzles on every level. Its lyrically surprising, unforgettably credible, darkly challenging. You succumb happily on page one and stay in thrall right up to the quick, bruising end." -- Julie Myerson - Independent on Sunday [London]
"Morality Play is a book of subtlety, compassion, and skill, and it confirms Barry Unsworth's position as a master craftsman of contemporary British fiction." -- Charles Nicholl - Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Morality Play is a bravura performance. . . . The novel is a thought-provoking comedy on the eternal sameness of disaster and the recurrent uses we put it to in art. On the way we toy with morality and also play our way to the truth." -- Janet Burroway - New York Times Book Review
"A gem. . . . Morality Play resonates with meaning for our own time." -- Dan Cryer - Newsday
"The entire novel is brilliantly imagined. . . . It is a dramatic meditation on the relationship between life and play." -- Brian Finney - San Francisco Chronicle

About Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth (1930-2012), who won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, was a Booker Prize finalist for Morality Play and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for The Ruby in Her Navel.

Additional information

GOR006933558
9780393315608
0393315606
Morality Play by Barry Unsworth
Used - Very Good
Paperback
WW Norton & Co
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224
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