Arthur Miller – The Crucible Audiobook
Arthur Miller – The Crucible Audiobook, or Les Sorcières de Salem in French, is a play. However to those who would have reservations about this genre: the author offers us step-by-step instructions and descriptions so long that the work can be read almost like a novel. The play also begins a bit like a portrait gallery: the playwright takes the time to present each character to us, and above all the issues he represents: such and such are used to trials because they want to assert their rights. So-and-so has quarrels with one of the most powerful families in town, so-and-so has never missed a single church service and is virtue embodied. All these portraits tend to reveal to us in a very sensitive way what could have been the causes of the tragedy which follows, and which still remains today as a dark task in the history of the United States.
The “narrative voice” if we can say so, gives us the context, draws for us the painting, the decor, in a very lively way: it really makes us live The History, and the dialogues between the characters only do reinforce this effect.
As the acts progress, the pace picks up and the reader feels oppressed as the cogs of fatality fall into place: Miller offers us a Tragedy, in the classic sense of the word, but a human tragedy and screaming with truth.
For anyone interested in the witch hunt, this piece is a must read: it presents the facts as they happened, but in a much more overwhelming way than if you were simply reading them in a document with a purely didactic function. So history will mark your spirits.