The Blast of War by Michael Symmons Roberts

bookshelves: spring-2015, radio-4, war, published-2015, afghanistan, play-dramatisation, time-slip, poetry, atonement, lifestyles-deathstyles, metaphor-parable

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from April 23 to 24, 2015

Description: A new drama serial by Michael Symmons Roberts. A British soldier fighting in Afghanistan is sent on a journey of atonement after a comrade is killed in one of the last military actions of 2015. With Sam Troughton as Sam, Hattie Morahan as Bea, Bryan Dick as Eddie and Jordan Bernarde as Evan.
Music by Jon Nicholls.
Director: Tim Dee.

1. Helmand
2. Gallipoli
3. Waterloo
4. Agincourt
5. Home

This is so very clever, a modern day version of ‘Inferno’, with Beatrice as guide instead of Virgil, and written in poetic stanzas. Like I say, very clever, and the bullet-time test is amazing in conception. My choice of music: Done with Bonaparte – Mark Knopfler

4* Crimes of Mancunia
2* The Sleeper
2.5* Edgelands
3* The Blast of War

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