I certainly appreciate Guinness's reading of TWL - this was a real inspiration to me in the 80's only equaled by the stage performance in London with Fox, Gough & Aitkens - some of the latter was also on VHS but no longer on U tube, I believe.
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Chokh Raj
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Subject: Re: Poetry in 'The Family Reunion'

I don't think Guinness is enacting any character in the play. And if he is not doing that, he is not supposed to be reading the lines after any character. Apparently he has picked up lines from the play which appeal to him as poetry, and he renders them as as poetry after his own fashion. Taken independently of the play, I can visualize Eliot reading them in the selfsame manner.

From: Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, September 1, 2011 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: Poetry in 'The Family Reunion'

I didn't like it much.  Guinness read it as if it were poetry.
He was supposed to read it like an ordinary person would speak
if ordinary people spoke poetry.

    Rick Parker

On 9/1/2011 1:53 PM, Chokh Raj wrote:
> There is poetry in the play.
> Sir Alec Guinness reads an excerpt from TS Eliot's verse play The Family
> Reunion:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdPuADVTdk&NR=1
> <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdPuADVTdk&NR=1>
> Enjoy, s'il vous plait.
> CR

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