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This is an auction for THREEPENNY NOVEL by Bertolt Brecht. reviews:

"Two centuries after the first performance of John Gay's Beggar's Opera, Bertolt Brecht adapted it to his own purposes, producing the highly successful Threepenny Opera and later, Threepenny Novel. Gay's characters are all here - Polly Peachum, MacHeath (Mac the Knife) and Jenny - but the time is around 1900, London is a sordid Dickensian city and the crooked deals involve Boer War munitions supply."

"FIVE STARS!!! This is a superb book. The story begins on London Bridge with a beggar named Fewkoomby, a limbless victim of The Boer War, who discovers that in London you can't just beg anywhere; you have to pay for the rights to do so, that begging in the city is scrupulously controlled by a man named Peachum who runs his operations Fagin-like behind the facade of a second-hand music shop. Thus the scene is set for an unforgettable journey into London's dark seedy underworld, with it's shady characters and dealings. Similarities to Dickens will naturally be made and fans of the famous Kent author should love this, but then so should everyone. For me it's one of the finest ever written. For some who may be thinking that a Brecht work may be too deep or heavy going then don't be concerned, it's an easy read."

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Penguin paperback 1976.

365 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my store in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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