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 ...
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 the 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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I read this book a few years ago, back when I was still in high school and I really loved it. I had seen the musical first (the movie version directed by Tim Burton, my personal favorite artist.) and absolutely loved that, so I thought nothing in the entire world could be a better Sweeney Todd story. I soon found out I was wrong. This book and Penny Dreadful's Sweeney Todd are both wonderful Sweeney Todd items.
However, this isn't about the other Sweeney Todd merchandise. From what I remember of this book, the story actually goes a step deeper than the musical, which involves Sweeney's plan to kill Anthony in order to obtain the string of pearls which were to be given to Johanna (I could be slightly off, since it's been a few years and I have been playing Penny Dreadful's Sweeney Todd again.) so that he could sell it and retire. Also, I believe this version introduces to us a new character- a man who is forced to work in the pie-making room below Mrs. Lovett's Pie Shop and is sick of eating meat pies day after day. In this story, Tobias works for Sweeney instead of Lovett.
This review may not have been the best, but I do recommend you try this book if you love Sweeney Todd, or even if you just love a good horror or thriller story. :)
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