☆ The Real Inspector Hound || ✓ PDF Read by ☆ Tom Stoppard

By Tom Stoppard | Comments: ( 192 ) | Date: ( Jun 17, 2019 )

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 MouseIt 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 MouseIt s time we stopped dismissing comedy as an inferior genre Observer


  • Title: The Real Inspector Hound
  • Author: Tom Stoppard
  • ISBN: 9780573614675
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, FRSL, is a British screenwriter and playwright.Born Tom Straussler.See enpedia wiki Tom_Stop



Comments The Real Inspector Hound

  • Gerlinde

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


  • Emad Attili

    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 m [...]


  • Cindee

    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 [...]


  • Stas

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


  • Mi

    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 actua [...]


  • MacK

    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 depth [...]


  • Alborz Taheri

    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 من [...]


  • Christina Packard

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


  • Rachael

    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

    wonderfully metafictional.


  • Judith Graham

    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

    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

    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

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


  • Kirsta

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


  • Laura

    “Puckeridge, you cunning bastard.”


  • Anne

    wp/p484Rp-hJd


  • Cam H

    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 d [...]


  • David Bonesteel

    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 a [...]


  • David B

    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 a [...]


  • Dan Clarke

    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 rea [...]


  • Ben

    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 bec [...]


  • Pan Alchemist

    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

    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 doilliant read!


  • Adam Highway

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.


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