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Presented by The Online Stage
Sylvie and Bruno was the last novel completed by Lewis Carroll and was published in two parts. The first volume, which is the subject of this recording, appeared in 1889.
The story is presented by an unnamed narrator, who oscillates between two worlds: a fantasy fairyland, populated by characters similar to those in Alice in Wonderland, and the real world environs of a small village by the sea, in which the narrator has taken up temporary residence for health reasons.
The main characters are Sylvie and Bruno, fairies who are sister and brother, and Arthur Forrester and Lady Muriel Orme, who are romantically linked.
The book contains episodes which recall the hectic nonsense of Carroll's best-known work, but also serious commentary on many social and religious issues. Because of its unusual structure and a strong tendency toward Victorian sentimentality, the work has not been held in high regard. However, it is of particular interest in that it reveals much more about the author and his attitudes than do his more popular works.
Noel Badrian - Narrator
Leanne Yau - Bruno
Becca Maggie - Sylvie
Graham Scott - Arthur Forrester
Elizabeth Klett - Lady Muriel Orme
Peter Tucker - Warden
Mark Crowle-Groves - Chancellor and Eric Lindon
Ron Altman - The Professor
Ben Stevens - The Other Professor
Denis Daly - Earl of Ainslie
Alan Weyman - Gardener
Craig Franklin - Sub-Warden
Linda Barrans - Sub-Warden's Wife
Also featuring the voices of Amanda Friday, Andrew Coleman, David Stifel, Grace Keller Scotch, Phil Benson, and Sarah Mitchell.
Audio edited by Denis Daly