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Sylvie and Bruno was the last novel completed by Lewis Carroll and was published in two parts. The first volume, which is the subject of this recording, appeared in 1889. 

The story is presented by an unnamed narrator, who oscillates between two worlds: a fantasy fairyland, populated by characters similar to those in Alice in Wonderland, and the real world environs of a small village by the sea, in which the narrator has taken up temporary residence for health reasons. 

The main characters are Sylvie and Bruno, fairies who are sister and brother, and Arthur Forrester and Lady Muriel Orme, who are romantically linked. 

The book contains episodes which recall the hectic nonsense of Carroll's best-known work, but also serious commentary on many social and religious issues. Because of its unusual structure and a strong tendency toward Victorian sentimentality, the work has not been held in high regard. However, it is of particular interest in that it reveals much more about the author and his attitudes than do his more popular works.  


Noel Badrian - Narrator 

Leanne Yau - Bruno 

Becca Maggie - Sylvie 

Graham Scott - Arthur Forrester 

Elizabeth Klett - Lady Muriel Orme 

Peter Tucker - Warden 

Mark Crowle-Groves - Chancellor and Eric Lindon 

Ron Altman - The Professor 

Ben Stevens - The Other Professor 

Denis Daly - Earl of Ainslie 

Alan Weyman - Gardener 

Craig Franklin - Sub-Warden 

Linda Barrans - Sub-Warden's Wife  

Also featuring the voices of Amanda Friday, Andrew Coleman, David Stifel, Grace Keller Scotch, Phil Benson, and Sarah Mitchell.  

Audio edited by Denis Daly

Public Domain (P)2019 The Online Stage

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