The rules are:
- Grab your current read.
- Let the book fall open to a random page.
- Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
One report describes a 'faint drizzle of applause at the end, and at a party afterwards the opera was jokingly described as 'Boriana' or 'Yawniana'. The journal Musical Times quipped 'Sic transit Gloriana'from Humphrey Carpenter's biography of Benjamin Britten describing the premiere of Britten's Gloriana which celebrated the coronation, it was inevitable that the audience of the high and mighty were rather over-challenged. The biography doesn't avoid the darker side of Britten's character, someone of extraordinary generosity and yet, and yet... I acquired this book shortly after publication back in 2003 and this is a re-read, deliberately for the centenary of his birth and not sparked by the hoo-hah over a recent new biography. After my initial read I kept away from the Turn of the Screw for a few years I think now I can treat it in a more measured way.