Barry Unsworth | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Sybil S. Steinberg

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Barry Unsworth.
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Critical Review by Sybil S. Steinberg

SOURCE: Review of Morality Play, in Publisher's Weekly, August 21, 1995, p. 43-44.

In the following review, Steinberg praises Morality Play as a "gripping" examination of the tension between appearances and reality.

A portentous opening sentence—"It was a death that began it all and another death that led us on"—sets the tone for Booker Prize winner Unsworth's (Sacred Hunger) gripping story [Morality Play]. Indeed, a larger spectre than those two deaths hangs over this tale set in 14th-century England. The Black Plague is abroad in the land, and here it also symbolizes the corruption of the Church and of the nobility. One bleak December day, young Nicholas Barber, a fugitive priest who has impulsively decamped from Lincoln Cathedral, comes upon a small band of traveling players who are burying one of their...

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