Monday, March 21, 2016

English Digs

Emma Thompson won the Best Actress Oscar
in 1992 for Howards End.
Actress Emma Thompson, on reading for the audiobook of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw: [bold added]
I consider Henry James the most extraordinary writer (well, I almost prefer Edith Wharton, but don’t tell anyone I said that). I know his work very well, and I love it. The Turn of the Screw is extraordinary—the idea of these children knowing, in a ghastly way, stuff they shouldn’t know is so terribly good...

Interviewer: How do you use your voice to evoke a book’s atmosphere?

I think the writing does that for you. It gives you so many clues as to how it should be read.

Interviewer: Well, it does when you’re talking about a brilliant author.

Absolutely. I don’t know what you do if you’re reading Dan Brown aloud. I really don’t.
Bazinga! The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown must have felt that one across the Atlantic.

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