Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Riddle of the Sands - Forgotten Classics (2)

On Forgotten Classics, Julie Davies discusses podcasts and other subjects, but the main content is dedicated to her excellent reading of books from the public domain. She offers a wide variety and on occasion I choose a title to follow. When I do, I am always captivated until the end. Previously I was caught by Uncle Tom's Cabin, right now Julie has me hooked on The Riddle of the Sands

I have extensively written about it when I took up listening (The Riddle of the Sands) and the simple reason I want to pay attention to this series again is that it is coming to a close. The plot is unraveling, the drama is getting to a maximum and I want to say: this is worth your listening time.

The Riddle of the Sands is a pre-WW1 spy drama which pitches the British against the Germans - which was unusual at the time. As such, the meaning of the book is to be the novel that warned the English of a German naval threat as well as to be a first spy genre novel. Other than that, it is also a very charming tale to listen to. Even if Julie has a hard time getting the pronunciation of German, Frisian and Dutch names right.

More Forgotten Classics:
The Riddle of the Sands (1),
The message of Uncle Tom's Cabin,
Cooking with Forgotten Classics,
Forgotten Classics - podcast review.


Julie D. said...

Thanks Anne! Yes, it is sad how hard I try and, evidently, how far I fall from getting those darned names pronounced right. But at least the story comes across ok. :-)

Julie D. said...

Hey Anne, just noticed ... Davies in the book and Davis in the podcasters name are pronounced identically but spelled differently. :-)

The Man called Anne said...

Isn't the ie in Davies a tad longer than the i in Davis? Like DavEEs as opposed to DavIs?

Julie D. said...

You'd think so but my husband's family lived in England for a while. He said that everyone consistently spelled their name wrong as "Davies" was the usual spelling of Davis. Seems it is a Welsh spelling of Davis.

I did manage to get most of the English pronunciation right.

And if you are from New Braunfels, here in the Texas Hill country where many a German settled long ago, it may be that my German is more accurate! :-D