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The ultimate parody of the stage and literary convention of the country-house mystery. 'It's an object of pure, virtuoso craft and display, as luxuriously self-sufficient as a netsuke or Faberge Easter egg. But it's as nearly perfect in its kind as a P.G. Wodehouse plot; tiny, ludicrous and beautiful as an ivory Mickey Mouse...It's time we stopped dismissing comedy as an iThe ultimate parody of the stage and literary convention of the country-house mystery. 'It's an object of pure, virtuoso craft and display, as luxuriously self-sufficient as a netsuke or Faberge Easter egg. But it's as nearly perfect in its kind as a P.G. Wodehouse plot; tiny, ludicrous and beautiful as an ivory Mickey Mouse...It's time we stopped dismissing comedy as an inferior genre.' Observer...

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ISBN : 9780571047277
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Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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The Real Inspector Hound Reviews

  • Gerlinde
    2018-11-26 00:40

    I have no clue what just happened, but I think I enjoyed it?

  • Emad Attili
    2018-11-29 04:46

    This play is truly a maze. Sure, it is hilarious, but it leaves the reader with a peculiar sense of loneliness and strangeness! Just like life itself! I think that this play is meant to represent reality. “MOON: Does this play know where it is going?BIRDBOOT: Well, it seems open and shut to me”While reading this play, readers cannot figure out where it is going. We, humans, actually ask the same question regarding life: Where is it going?[image error]In my opinion, I think that Moon is the most important character in the whole play. He is the honest and true representation of the real helpless human being. His burning desire for a promotion reflects our different burning desires as human beings. Whenever he reviews plays, his theater colleagues inquire, “Where’s Higgs?” a question that diminishes his own sense of self. Every one of us experienced such a thing many times in his\her life, and that is why I think Moon is a genuine character despite his many faults, or even crimes maybe![image error][image error]I really enjoyed reading this play. And I think that Stoppard showed us, through the shape of his play, how one man’s fate is another man’s fiction. Stoppard leaves us begging the inevitable, logical question: Whose illusion is our reality?I recommend this play to all of my friends 

  • Cindee
    2018-12-03 07:21

    Hilarious and clever! It was a parody of Agatha Christie's famous 'The Mousetrap'. Every scene, character and action of the genre was wroughtly exaggerated and overstated to play on the traditional conventions. Stoppard played on everything to make it comical and humourous. It also shows how the 'cosy' murder mysteries are sometimes a little bit illogical and too coincidental (especially where Mrs Drudge comes in) but it is also how mysteries work. The little coincidences in mysteries are often the most important pieces of the puzzle, but sometimes, like in 'The Real Inspeactor Hound', it is too coincidental that it makes absolutely no sense at all. Everything was blown out of proportion but in a way that works. Absolute ludicrous.

  • Stas
    2018-11-25 04:41

    Suggested to me by my gf. Glad I listened to her: A very short but very entertaining read. Puckeridge, you cunning bastard!

  • Mi
    2018-12-15 05:44

    I feel rather bad – it does not seem particularly fair to give a low rating if you know from the start it is not your cup of tea. I doubt it was bad, but I could not care for it at all. One of its main issues is certainly the fact that it is a play. I simply cannot enjoy plays the same way I enjoy novels. But then again, The Importance of Being Earnest was not entirely lost on me. So perhaps my rating is not all that unjustified? The stage play itself, though, might be interesting as the actual setting and the double plot that eventually intertwined seemed interesting and unique. But just as a reading experience I could not have cared any less. I am certain this is a good book/play if read by the right audience – if you enjoy plays and crime this might be for you.

  • MacK
    2018-11-24 07:23

    I like Tom Stoppard. I really do. Shakespeare in Love and Rozencrantz and Guildenstern, really inventive takes on the Bard.But this blows everything else out of the water. To take your standard blase muder mystery and explode it into a post-modern absurdist reflection of modern society and aesthetic idiocy (much like my phrase "post modern absurdist reflection of modern society") is pure genius. You can really tell that it's excellent though because even without delving into the figurative depths of the piece my drama students were about ready to mount their own production of it, only, as one girl said: "the rest of the school wouldn't want to understand...but once you do...this is HILARIOUS."18-year-olds grooving on Stoppard. Yet another reason why I love teaching.

  • Alborz Taheri
    2018-11-23 05:46

    خودِ مترجم هم به این مطلب واقف است که این نمایشنامه از اون دست نمایشنامه هاست که "ترجمه" قسمتی از بازی ها زبانی تام استوپارد را نمی تواند منتقل کند . و مهم ترین نکته به نظرم همین بازی های زبانی و روایتِ داستان است . ایده های خوبی در نمایشنامه وجود داشت . از میزانسن گرفته تا هجوِ منتقدین تا جا به جایی منتقدان و بازیگران نمایش و ...اما به نظرم مهم ترین نکته همان ساختار زبانی و روایت است ، که خواننده رو به خود جذب می کند .

  • Christina Packard
    2018-11-16 02:24

    A short play that would be fun to watch. Free online to read.

  • Rachael
    2018-12-12 06:47

    Ha! Fantastic. Hilarious. Lighter fare than some of his others, but definitely worth the read. Am planning on remembering the "Stand-ins of the world stand up" speech.

  • Tamara
    2018-12-12 00:24

    wonderfully metafictional.

  • Judith Graham
    2018-11-25 05:30

    Not used to reading a play as a book and part of a book group so found it quite hard going by myself. However, as we planned to read it over a meal I waited and found the humour in it (or was that just the way we acted it out?)It is actually a play within a play and each act becomes more confusing than the last! Not sure what the plot is to be honest - murder, womanising concealed identities. What a laugh we had though. Look forward to reading another play.

  • Ric
    2018-11-22 00:42

    A play within a play within a play. 4th walls broken down left, right and centre; leading to a metafictional mayhem of immense proportion. A who done it were every body knew that nobody did. Confusing but amusing... mad dogs and Englishmen.

  • Raghunath Kalpana-Ananth
    2018-11-26 05:41

    Absurdist. Lot of Meta - elements. Play with in a play and a parody at that. A little confusing to read. Must have been better watching the performance rather than reading it.

  • Elijah
    2018-11-18 03:47

    Not as good as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, but still humorous. In some ways, it feels like it's too short.

  • Kirsta
    2018-12-07 05:39

    One of my favorites. I had forgotten I had read this is college until a friend put it on his list.

  • Laura
    2018-12-12 03:22

    “Puckeridge, you cunning bastard.”

  • Anne
    2018-11-19 05:30

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  • Cam H
    2018-11-23 02:22

    The Mousetrap is undoubtedly one of my favourite books that I had to read for school. Interestingly enough, however, The Real Inspector Hound was not quite my cup of tea. As much as I appreciate Tom Stoppard's witty rearrangement of Christie's original, there is still a sense of clutter within the story that I cannot digest. The only reason I would feel even slightly tempted to give this play a higher rating is because of the depth of the analysis that was applied to it in one of my classes. I do recognize that the characters and their conversations are meant to be clumped into one chaotic cluster, but the intentionally disastrous nature of the play is one that I find difficult to follow. While I did give Stoppard's piece a low rating, I must admit that the lack of liking I feel for the play stems from the general disdain I feel toward parody texts. Sometime in the future, when school is not as heavy on my shoulders and I have more time to let Stoppard's story sink in, I do believe that the genuineness of the comedy will win me over.

  • David Bonesteel
    2018-11-26 04:47

    Tom Stoppard's convoluted farce plays with identity and the nature of reality. There is a play within a play--a marvelous send-up of drawing room mysteries--and a couple of drama critics who comment on the stage action in rather oblique ways that often make it seem that they may actually be speaking of their relations with the actors playing the characters. Then they enter the action of the play and everyone seems compelled to remain in character. I suppose one could read a lot into this, such as the nature of the roles we play in society or the degree to which the reality we experience is deterministic or preordained, but frankly I just enjoyed the humor. It's too clever by half to be a meaningful statement about the human condition, but just witty enough to be a terrific comedy.

  • David B
    2018-11-21 05:45

    Tom Stoppard's convoluted farce plays with identity and the nature of reality. There is a play within a play--a marvelous send-up of drawing room mysteries--and a couple of drama critics who comment on the stage action in rather oblique ways that often make it seem that they may actually be speaking of their relations with the actors playing the characters. Then they enter the action of the play and everyone seems compelled to remain in character. I suppose one could read a lot into this, such as the nature of the roles we play in society or the degree to which the reality we experience is deterministic or preordained, but frankly I just enjoyed the humor. It's too clever by half to be a meaningful statement about the human condition, but just witty enough to be a terrific comedy.

  • Dan Clarke
    2018-11-20 02:33

    This is one of my favourite plays - quite possibly my favourite play written post-Shakespeare (or as I told Victoria, "my favourite play written after 1650," which she found very amusing).I love everything about this play's completely meta-absurdist nature, but you have to read it a few times to really appreciate how often it is self-referential in a non-linear fashion.The fact that I can write the above paragraph without meaning any of it ironically will hopefully lead a few people randomly reading this review to check out the play. Just fantastic.

  • Ben
    2018-11-24 01:39

    Another amusing, clever play from one of the greatest playwrights of all time. I won't get too much into it, so as not to spoil the twists at the end of the play, but suffice it to say they are both hilarious and insightful. Although I don't like it quite as much as his two masterpieces (R+G Are Dead, Arcadia), you can clearly see where the brilliance for those later pieces comes from in this earlier work. It can be a little confusing at points--the dialogue/monologues often overlap--but all becomes much clearer as you get towards the end.

  • Pan Alchemist
    2018-11-19 05:34

    I read this almost twenty years ago at university and loved it then. In a quest to find a short drama to do with a class at school, I reread this. I am glad I did.This was hilarious to read. I must admit that I appreciated the critics' voices a lot more now that I am older and have been subjected to a lot mare reviews of that nature. I enjoyed the ending.Not too sure if this would be too advanced for the kids though. Hmmm... Decisions, decisions.

  • Hayley
    2018-12-11 03:27

    the best play ever really. I am the biggest fan of absurdist theatre and this play is just briliant. it is one of those rare plays that is still enjoyable to read before and after you have seen it peformed. Moon and Birdboots consistant double entendres are hilarious and the parody of agatha christies mousetrap is unnoticable if you didnt know of the plays context, but so obvious and commical once you do.brilliant read!

  • Adam Highway
    2018-11-24 06:43

    Well worth a read! Having read Rosencrantz Guildenstern Are Dead years ago, this felt really familiar - without being predictable or boring! Word play, play within a play, social commentary and criticism, it's all there, and crammed into a very few pages! Pick it up - read it.

  • Alaast
    2018-12-09 07:49

    Saw a production of this before I read it - staged by a small but formidable theatre group based in Shanghai. I still maintain that you have to see this before you read this - it is no less enjoyable read, but a good production would use the space they're given and manipulate the props at their disposal (the audience! the seats! the areas outside of the stage!) and really bring the layered metatheatricality of this playful masterpiece to life.

  • Dereck
    2018-11-23 04:41

    Very good. I don't read a lot of plays, so it was a different experience. I very much enjoyed it. It is somewhat absurd in its language, and plays around with the whole idea of theatre. It starts with two critics in an audience watching a play, and carries on with the idea while a murder mystery unfolds. Great fun, I'd love to see it staged.

  • Craig
    2018-12-10 05:20

    When using the play-within-a-play structure, one or two of them needs to be interesting in order to maintain interest. Altman-esque talking over talking between the two plays is where most of the humor comes from, with the rest of it coming from the characters in "the mystery" portion stating the obvious. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Bunny
    2018-11-17 00:46

    Really a great concept and executed rather well but I guess Agatha Christie style novels do not make me feel interested and I don't "dislike" them enough to be intrigued by a parody on them? Sorry Stoppard, I know you really are great, which is why I gave a 3 rather a 2 in hopes I would enjoy seeing the actual play. (Plus the Muppets stole form this play)

  • rabbitprincess
    2018-12-04 02:43

    An amusing send-up of the detective genre, particularly Agatha Christie's locked-room country-house mysteries. I chuckled out loud at some points, notably whenever Mrs. Drudge gave an exposition-heavy speech. The play also does a good job of skewering theatre critics. Overall worth a read if you like absurdist theatre and murder mysteries.