Book review: Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal


Closely Watched TrainsClosely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From BBc Radio 4 -Drama:
It is 1945. For gauche young apprentice Milos Hrma, life at the sleepy railway station in Bohemia is full of complex preoccupations. There is the burden of dispatching German troop trains; the shocking scandal of Dispatcher Hubicka; and the vexing problem of his sexual performance. Classic comedy drama from a celebrated Czech writer.

Director/Producer Gary Brown

CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS, which became the award-winning Jiri Menzel film of the ‘Prague Spring’, is a classic of postwar literature, a small masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism which fully justifies Hrabal’s reputation.

Milos is played by John Bradley who is Samwell Tarley in ‘Game of Thrones’. This is John’s first radio play.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b067vjwk

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