Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street The notorious career of Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street has been endlessly retold But this is the first time the original tale has been reprinted since it was serialized in The People

  • Title: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
  • Author: Anonymous Thomas Peckett Prest James Malcolm Rymer Robert L. Mack
  • ISBN: 9780199229338
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • The notorious career of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, has been endlessly retold But this is the first time the original tale has been reprinted since it was serialized in The People s Periodical in 1846 7 A sensational story of murder and pie making, Sweeney Todd is a classic of British horror writing, widely adapted in print and on stage, most famouslyThe notorious career of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, has been endlessly retold But this is the first time the original tale has been reprinted since it was serialized in The People s Periodical in 1846 7 A sensational story of murder and pie making, Sweeney Todd is a classic of British horror writing, widely adapted in print and on stage, most famously by Stephen Sondheim, whose unlikely musical thriller won eight Tony Awards This edition offers the original story with all its atmospheric Victorian trimmings The story of Todd s murderous partnership with pie maker Margery Lovett at once inconceivably unpalatable and undeniably compelling has subsequently set the table for a seemingly endless series of successful dramatic adaptations, popular songs and ballads, novellas, radio plays, graphic novels, ballets, films, and musicals Both gleeful and ghoulish, the original tale of Sweeney Todd, first published under the title The String of Pearls, combines the story of Todd s grisly method of robbing and dispatching his victims by way of Mrs Lovett s meat pies with a romantic sub plot involving deception, disguise, and detective work, set against the backdrop of London s dark and unsavory streets Editor Robert Mack fleshes out the story with a fascinating introduction touching on the origins of the tale, the growth of the legend, and a history of its many retellings Mack also includes explanatory notes that point out interesting aspects, plus a full chronology of the many versions of Sweeney Todd Since Sweeney Todd first entered the public imagination in mid nineteenth century, his exploits have chilled and fascinated audiences around the world This new edition allows modern readers to savor the ghastly original in all its gruesome glory.

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    1. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο είναι ένα κλασικό δείγμα "δεκάρικης φρίκης" (penny dreadful), δλδ φτηνών περιοδικών φρίκης και τρόμου που κυκλοφορούσαν στην Μεγάλη Βρετανία στην διάρκειά του δεύτερου μισού του 19ου αιώναΟυσιαστικά η ιστορία του φονικού κουρέα είναι ένας αστικός μύθος της [...]

    2. Poštujući vreme i način nastanka romana,koji je postao kamen temeljac žanra,zanemarujući nezgrapnu narativnu liniju,četvorka.

    3. The String of Pearls is quite simply, pure reading pleasure, if a story about murders, enslavement, cannibalism, and a demented barber floats your boat. In this case, it certainly floats mine. The four stars I've given it here indicate my RFQ, or reading-fun quotient. I have a wee bit about plot (and Mrs. Lovett's delicious pies) atmy reading journal; anyone who doesn't want to know ought to skip it and keep reading here. Here's the thing. I read this book primarily as an example of the penny dr [...]

    4. 3,5/5 Το τσίμπησα πρόσφατα πιο πολύ επειδή ήταν φθηνό. Η ιστορία δεν είναι κάτι το τρομερό, μια ιστορία δεκαρικής φρίκης όπως λέγονταν στην Βρετανία οι φτηνές ιστορίες τρόμου. Είχε ένα κάτι όμως που δε μπορώ να προσδιορίσω. Απλά με κράτησε και το διάβασα σε ένα απόγευμα.

    5. Nonostante il genere a cui appartiene ed il tema macabro, il libro non si sofferma a tergiversare con sordidi dettagli, bensì mantiene intatto il mistero in modo quasi “pudico”, con perfetta compostezza inglese, riuscendo comunque a renderci partecipi delle crudeltà ed efferatezze tanto di quel periodo storico quanto di quest’avventura. Il non esporre esplicitamente il fattaccio, tranne che nelle ultimissime battute finali, ma lasciandolo intendere al lettore pagina dopo pagina, rapprese [...]

    6. I really wish the writing style were less verbose. This would be a perfect if the pacing were better and 40% of this book were gone. Having not seen any adaptation of this book, I went into it hoping for a sensational story and I definitely got that, but I think the musical will take advantage of the macabre premise.

    7. Contrary to the cover, this book is not the version of Sweeney Todd seen in the Tim Burton film or Stephen Sondheim stage musical. This is actually The String of Pearls, an entirely different portrait of Todd. There are many differences. So, sorry to disappoint, but if you're looking to read that version, this isn't it. However, I strongly suggest you read this book if you are a fan of Sweeney Todd. The story is well-written, and I loved the well-rounded characters, especially Tobias Ragg. If I [...]

    8. Sweeney Todd is a barber at Fleet Street in London. He shaves his customers and polishes them off afterwards, in his own words. Many an unsuspecting customer go in to get a shave to never come out again. A few streets away from the barber shop is Mrs. Lovett's Pie Shop where people throng in all hours of the day to eat the most delicious meat pies in all of London.Reading this story was quite thrilling even though I already know the story. The writing is fantastic. This is from the 1800s, so it' [...]

    9. Two and a half stars. Being a fan of the Sondheim production, I decided to read the original tale. While it had a few moments of dark humor (Sweeney being caught beating a child, turning to a customer and saying he was simply trying to teach the child that he should "devote his few spare hours in reading the Bible.") as well as the general macabre plot (Sweeney the barber kills his customers which are then made into pies and sold by Miss Lovett), this version of the plot was simply lacking. Firs [...]

    10. 2,5/5Sweeney Todd, un barbiere serial killer nella Londra del '700, è un personaggio popolare e una leggenda metropolitana il cui mito trae forse origine da un fatto di cronaca nera realmente avvenuto. Tra le versioni più famose della storia vi è questo romanzo, in originale The String of Pearls, scritto da più autori e apparso prima a puntate nel 1846-47 e quindi (rimaneggiato) in volume nel 1850. Nel XX secolo della storia del barbiere assassino verrà fatto un musical, e sarà a quest'ult [...]

    11. Tralasciando il fatto che ho scelto di leggere questo libro perché ho visto un pezzo del film di Johnny Depp e di conseguenza pensavo che la storia e il film fossero almeno simili e che per di più c’è lui in copertina, questo libro non mi è piaciuto. Per meglio dire, in alcuni punti mi è anche abbastanza piaciuto, ma poi in molti era di una noia mortale e non si arrivava mai al punto. Però non mi è piaciuto perché io sapevo già dall’inizio delle informazioni che qui sono il contenut [...]

    12. Sweeney Todd: 'polishing off' customers since 1846.I read The String of Pearls as part of my PhD research and it is therefore quite difficult to rate my personal enjoyment of the book. Remember how books you had to read for school always felt like a chore? Turns out, that niggling feeling never completely goes away, even if you love what you do!Regardless, The String of Pearls was a pleasant surprise. The story is a so-called "penny blood", sensational tales that were published in cheap newspape [...]

    13. To be clear: I have never seen the movie versions of Sweeney Todd or the musical ones. My review is based solely on the novel. Sweeney Todd is one of those stories that everyone is familiar with, whether you have read it or not. It has dripped its way down into the collective consciousness so that before ever opening the book you know that Sweeney Todd is a murderer and Mrs. Lovett bakes human meat pies. Just want to get that out of the way. That being said, this book has a lot of technical flaw [...]

    14. 19ος αιώνας, Λονδίνο, σκοτεινά, υγρά και βρόμικα δρομάκια, εξαθλίωση, αίμα, φρίκη… αυτά είναι μερικά από τα συστατικά που συνθέτουν την ιστορία του «φονικού κουρέα». Αν και η ιστορία είναι φρικιαστική, ο τρόπος με τον οποίο είναι γραμμένη την κάνει να φαίνετε όμορφη και λυρι [...]

    15. In Victorian England, a customer steps into Sweeney Todd's barber shop and appears never to step back out. Edited and standardized, this volume presents The String of Pearls, a 1846-7 penny dreadful which was the literary debut of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Don't let the movie tie-in cover fool you into thinking this is a film novelization or a quick and dirty imprint. It's a classic text, and while it may aim to feed off the popularity of Burton's version of Sondheim's play [...]

    16. فیلمش را دیدم تقریبا نزدیک به نود درصد مکالماتشان شعر و ترانه بود میشود گفت یک فیلم موزیکال .داستان در شهر لندن قرن 18 جریان دارد. مرد آرایشگری به نام سوینی تاد بازن زیبا و دختر نوزادش در شهر به خوبی زندگی میکرد. به گفته خودش تمام دلیل زیستنش همسر زیبایش بود اما قاضی ناعادل شهر ع [...]

    17. The movie this time was waaaaay better,watched it like seven times in a row *_* the humanity concept imbodies in this none_human receiving too much love and care and transforming into an idol who holds love Care Simplicity Politeness A human of which you consider and re_think of yourself as a person. The relationship between sweeney And his new family got me It's not easy to accept the idea of a totally stranger semi-alien freak and new guy among a family! Though they all spent so much effort to [...]

    18. I'm cleansing my mind of the filth that I encountered yesterday with some blood. This is the original story, which was first published in serial form under the title "The String of Pearls". Good subway book, especially with the Johnny Depp cover, which keeps people from talking to me. Or maybe it's just that I look really excited by what I'm reading.

    19. آرزوهاي ما درست پيش روي ماهستند ولي ما نمي بينيمشان !ما چيزي را مي بينيم كه تصور مي كنيم حقيقت دارد ولي خشم و نا اميدي چنان انسان را كور مي كند كه حتي يك قدمي خودش را هم نمي بيند . فلسفه خيلي جالبي داشت ولي مطمئن نيستم كه اينهمه صحنه خشن واقعابراي فيلمش لازم بوده باشد !

    20. I find it incredibly hard to rate or review this book, because context on this one is so important. Is the writing objectively subpar, slapdash and technically poor? Absolutely.Is the narrative structure and plot a complete goddamned mess? Hell yes!Are the characters one-dimensional, relatively uninteresting and unrelateable? Utterly.It's melodrama. It's sensationalism. It's slapped together with no care to construction or credible storytelling. It's shoddy, low-brow entertainment to make a fast [...]

    21. commeparenchantements.wordpreUn chef d’oeuvre du XIXe siècle ! Je l’ai lu dans le cours de l’année mais je me suis dit que c’était le moment idéal pour vous faire ma chronique (car oui, elle s’est faite attendre, encore pardon). Alors pour commencer, sachez que ce n’est PAS le film ! J’ai découvert cette histoire avec l’adaptation de Tim Burton en 2007 au cinéma. Et croyez le ou non, je me souviens encore de ce jour. C’est vraiment un film qui m’a marqué ! Et quand je [...]

    22. The demon barber of fleet street, Sweeney Todd. An amazing barber who tries and escapes his past, but ends up going back to the past that he wanted to forget. SPOILER ALERT everyone but, one person dies as the ending of the book. Quite odd, but a good book and musical.

    23. Despite the highly sensational cover, which is taking advantage of the new movie and Johnny Depp's popularity, this book is from the Oxford University Press and it shows. This is not the story from Sondheim's musical, but the original 18th Century romance in which Sweeney Todd first made his appearance. True to form, Mack includes a fairly lengthy introduction discussing the history of Sweeney Todd, up to and including Sondheim and the new movie. The text itself is also heavily annotated. Most o [...]

    24. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Dover Publications!Sweeney Todd is the quintessential penny dreadful: lurid tales published serially for the newly literate classes in the mid 1800's. I know the Sondheim musical well and I had the images of Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury burnt into my brain, so at first it was hard to picture the characters as described by the authors. Like the introduction to this new version says, we are now used to handsome, c [...]

    25. Marvellous, just marvellous! Thsi is my first meeting with a 'penny dreadful', and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Plenty of atmosphere, creepy goings-on and CANNABALISM!What a brilliant cast of characters. My favourite was Sweeney Todd (of course). I can appreciate Depp's translation of him now I have read the actual story he was taken from. The only difference between this Todd and the film version one is that here, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is quite literally demonic. He hasn't an o [...]

    26. OK - I think this book has tons of potential, however, I am having a hard time getting stuck in. It is definitely getting more interesting as I continue but I am having difficulty wading through the extremely verbose language - like 10 pages of text to say that Joahanna is sad.but I am going to keep plodding along as I really do like the history behind the legend.UPDATE! I finally finished it. It did pick up a bit but I have to admit that skimming is of great importance when reading this story o [...]

    27. This book was simply 'alright'. I was pretty much apathetic towards it throughout. After seeing the movie, I thought that the book would be a lot more impressive and dramatic. Of course, the book is infact 'The String of Pearls' and is different to the film/play. I did find the scenes involving Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett to be intriguing and interesting but I wasn't particularly drawn in or excited by it. I think that the story could have been a lot more exciting or full of suspense. I was disa [...]

    28. I was a little worried about the content of this story and began my reading in trepidation, but there was very little to turn my stomach until the very end.The movie is rated 'R' but I would rate the book at a PG as far as gory detail goes. The main character Sweeney Todd was evil yet comical at the same time. The other characters in the book also had an element of comedy to them and were a bit laughable even in their earnestness. The book was easy to read, entertaining, and compelling. The cove [...]

    29. No cliché is left unturned in this story, and I enjoyed any one of them. Sweeney Todd is not famous in Italy, we know about him because of the Johnny Depp movie and I avoided it because I wanted to read the story first. The connection with the pie-shop is blatant and the revelation comes too late to be a real surprise. Sometimes I felt like there were too many sub-plot, especially in the madhouse. Johanna is a nice girl, but the romance isn't relevant in the story.In my opinion the best parts a [...]

    30. Mack includes at the commencing of this book an introduction of the written version of the story of Sweeney Todd. He also describes how the story evolved into a play and a musical, with storylines much different from the original story published in an 18 part serial, much the same way Dickens published his works. Admittedly, I enjoy the modern play and musical storyline better, as the characters boast more depth and the story is more intriguing. But this grew on me the more I read on.

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