Jim Killavey's interpretation of the rip-roaring comic novel The Wrong Box by beloved Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, is delightful. Joseph Finsbury, one of two surviving members of a tontine, is facing financial ruin. His two nephews, John and Morris - whom he raised - are banking on his victory. When a train wreck appears to have killed Joseph, the younger two men are reluctant to relinquish their uncle's claim to the tontine. Their devious plan? Ship the body home and pretend that Joseph is still alive and well. Comedy ensues.
(P)1987 Jimcin Recordings
This was one of my mother's favourite books, and she often told me how funny it was, and I have to agree with her - it is genuinely funny, even after all these years.
However, I found it a distraction having an American accent reading the story, in particular because of the mispronunciation of some place names.
But generally - great fun, and very good value!
"Perfect Halloween comedy, amusing any time"
It gets off to a slow start, because the plot is complicated and all the characters must make entrances. They it becomes a romp. Well written and well read.
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