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By John on 13-06-18
In Which We Regret This is the Last in the Series
Admittedly, this last of the Naxos Bulldog Drummond recordings gets off the mark a little slowly. Narrated by a character new to Drummond’s merry band, it takes him a while to join in the fun wholeheartedly. But once we does we’re off, and the thrills, spills and sheer escapism is, as always with “Sapper”, of a high order.
By turns hair-raising and humorous, the latter quality is what makes these tales so irresistible. I call it humor, but it’s really the breezy self-confidence of men who come from a certain class, went to the same schools and survived the Western Front together. This attitude leavens the heroics; Drummond’s band don’t take themselves too seriously, and the passages of high adventure seem keener thereby. When the chips are down, we realize the bluff good humor covers deep feelings of camaraderie. Sapper’s perspective is a nice change; obviously, not every writer who emerged from the trenches in 1918 hated God and country.
As always, Roy McMillan does a superb job. Let’s hope he gets a chance to perform some of Sapper’s six remaining Bulldog Drummond adventures. After all, Peterson may be no more, but Irma lives on.