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Morality Play by Barry Unsworth
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it was amazing
bookshelves: little-known-gems, modern-lit, booker-shortlist, read-2015

Sometimes the best discoveries start as chance events. I saw this book in a second hand shop and thought little more than "oh Barry Unsworth, he's the one who wrote Sacred Hunger, that might be interesting". As it turned out this was an inspired choice.

This is on one level a tautly plotted murder mystery, secondly fourteenth century social history, and thirdly and perhaps deepest an investigation of the birth of modern theatre.

The narrator, a fugitive monk bored with his work, stumbles upon a group of travelling players whose trade is in religious mystery plays, and joins their company to replace a dead man. Their need for money in a strange town leads them to improvise a play based on the murder of a local boy, and as the play and the story evolve, a dark truth emerges.
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Reading Progress

May 16, 2015 – Shelved
July 18, 2015 – Started Reading
July 21, 2015 – Finished Reading

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