Sunday, 13 February 2011

J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls, by Helga Puigdomènech Sanjuán 2º Bachillerato EFL

This story starts with a special dinner to celebrate a girl’s engagement (in the engaged girl’s house). Her family and her future husband appear in the first scene. They are happily having their meals and talking about prosperity in both families when, suddenly, a mysterious police inspector knocks at the door and asks if they can cooperate with some research he is doing. In a few hours the inspector had changed the course of all the family life by just making several personal questions about a girl who seems to have been part of all their lives.

From the very first page, this novel catches your attention and until the last one it really keeps you with the intrigue of what the story will end up with. You can imagine, you can suppose things, but you will never know the real ending until you read the last paragraph. One of the aspects which I have enjoyed the most is the evolution of the situation, the tense environment, the changes in the family's behaviour, especially in each character. It shows the lack of basic moral values such as ethics, empathy, goodness, cultural and widespread opinion about lower class people.

I would recommend the book to all those who like thrillers and detective novels. It uses interesting vocabulary, and the grammar is not too difficult. I hope that the next reader will enjoy this novel as much as I have.

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