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I remember when this was first shown on television – I remember the effect it had on me.That television could be like that!Here was something that proved television could be something more than mindless drivel.Of course, I was wrong – and The Singing Detective was just the exception that proves the rule.

This is a detective story with lots of clues and red herrings, but no solutions.A fantastic idea and brilliantly handled.

A man suffering from a horribly debilitating skin disorder refuses to take any drugs to help him cope with the pain and hallucinates his way through remembering a novel he wrote set in the 1940s about a singing detective and instances from his childhood, also in the 1940s, in which his lonely life, his parent’s marriage falling apart and his horrible secret from school are merged together with the nightmare he is going through with his marriage falling apart as his struggles to come to terms with his illness.

There are so many levels to this that getting the chance to read it helps enormously.Potter never minded putting in more in his dramas than his audiences were likely to grasp in one sitting.But this is his masterpiece.Mel Gibson did a film version of this – suitably dumbed-down and set in America for some reason – as if he didn’t have enough to answer for making The Passion of the Christ.One can only hope there is a hell – after seeing what Gibson did to The Singing Detective it is clear no self respecting God would let that go unpunished.

Not as bleak as Pennies From Heaven – this really is something special.But then, I’m a bit of a Potter nut.I even got my daughters to watch The Singing Detective – as one does…

I'm not sure it gets much better than this.

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  • Publisher:Faber & Faber
  • File: 5.9 Mb
  • Ganre: Fiction
  • Release: 01.12.1986
  • ISBN: 9780571145904
  • Pages 300
  • Rating: 4.38 (136 votes)

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