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Morality Play

by Barry Unsworth

WW Norton | September 1, 1996 | Trade Paperback

Morality Play is rated 3 out of 5 by 2.
Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, Italy, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has written a witty and illuminating work of contemporary manners and morals. The region where Hannibal defeated the Romans is now prey to a different type of invasion: outsiders buying villas with innocent and not so innocent dreams. Among those clustered along one hillside road are the Greens, a retired American couple seeking serenity; the Chapmans, whose dispute over a wall escalates into a feud of operatic proportions; and Fabio and Arturo, a gay couple who, searching for peace and self-sufficiency, find treachery instead. Add to this mix a wily and corrupt British "building expert", and a lawyer who practices subterfuge and plans his client''s actions like military strategy, and you have a sharp, entertaining, and satisfyingly bittersweet work.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.55 in

Published: September 1, 1996

Publisher: WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393315606

ISBN - 13: 9780393315608

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a (Booker) winner Why this book was short-listed for the Booker Prize, I'll never understand. This short novel of group of 13th Century players who re-enact a true murder story was incredibly dull, and at the end I sped through the pages in order to just be finished with it. I also found nothing realistic or drawing about the characters.
Date published: 2004-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hidden Gem Unsworth isn't very well known in Canada, and the fact that he co-won the Booker Prize with Michael Ondaatje (Ondaatje for English Patient and Unsworth for Sacred Hunger) often goes unnoticed. Morality Play is an excellent literary mystery set in medieval England. The narrator is a disaffected young priest who joins a troupe of actors who stumble across England performing morality plays in different towns. In one of the towns they arrive in, a murder has just occurred, and the troupe of actors decides to act out the murder and in so doing - in investigating their roles, they discover that the wrong person has been convicted of the crime. Morality Play is one of the best books that you've never heard of.
Date published: 2003-02-02

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Morality Play

by Barry Unsworth

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.55 in

Published: September 1, 1996

Publisher: WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393315606

ISBN - 13: 9780393315608

From the Publisher

Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, Italy, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has written a witty and illuminating work of contemporary manners and morals. The region where Hannibal defeated the Romans is now prey to a different type of invasion: outsiders buying villas with innocent and not so innocent dreams. Among those clustered along one hillside road are the Greens, a retired American couple seeking serenity; the Chapmans, whose dispute over a wall escalates into a feud of operatic proportions; and Fabio and Arturo, a gay couple who, searching for peace and self-sufficiency, find treachery instead. Add to this mix a wily and corrupt British "building expert", and a lawyer who practices subterfuge and plans his client''s actions like military strategy, and you have a sharp, entertaining, and satisfyingly bittersweet work.

About the Author

Barry Unsworth is the author of "Losing Nelson", "After Hannibal", "Morality Play", the Booker Prize-winning "Sacred Hunger", & many other works. He lives in Italy.
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