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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Nov. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571038484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571038480
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Look Back In Anger by John Osborne changed the course of English theatre in 1956 and expresses the mood of post-war Britain with originality, clarity and surrealist humour.

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John Osborne was born in London in 1929. His plays include Look Back in Anger (1956), The Entertainer (1957), Luther (1961), Inadmissible Evidence (1964), and A Patriot for Me (1966). Both Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer were adapted for film, and in 1963 Osborne won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Tom Jones. John Osborne died on 24 December 1994.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2001
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Look back in Anger is not only a classic of the British theatre, it also had reverbatory effects around the world upon its release in the 1950s. The play features some of the most vivious confrontations and acidic language I have ever read, and is ideal material for male and female monologues. Jimmy, the protagonist, has perplexed audiences and directors alike - how can any woman stand to live with him, let alone be drawn back to him after seemingly 'escaping'? But that is the lure of Jimmy's character - his sheer charisma. He is a James Dean for the English middle-classes, without the stunning looks, but with more reasons to rebel. The imagery of the play is at once subtle and exciting: Osborne is a master at creating visual and audio contradictions. In LOOK BACK IN ANGER this is manifested in the contrast between the bestial (animal) imagery, the unbridled lust of the protagonists, and constant reminders of religion, the Church, and the 'proper' society that Jimmy wishes to tear Alison away from. It is a drama of passion, bitterness and regret, with a shocking climax and a disturbingly ambiguous conclusion. Essential reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By x iLeon on 30 Jan. 2010
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I went to Waterstones to check this play because of the many references to both play and author. I was so strongly hooked that I sat there and then and read the whole thing. Then I went on and ordered it all the same, because my library couldn't be missing such a work. The characters are incredibly strong and well defined, big emotions and powerful controversy are stirred, and its a beautifully ironic twist on love and British post-war youth with poetically expressed existentialism/nihilism seamlessly integrated at various moments. This play redefined British theatre (and, for me, youth and pop culture) with its bold subject matter. Read it - see it!

(apologies, when I get really excited about something, like I obviously did here, i find it hard to put into words, but I had to add my review, if nothing else, to restore the deserved balance in the rating)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Millie on 29 April 2013
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This play is brilliant - I'd love to see it live. The relationships between the characters are so three-dimensional that even just reading this play, I was completely and utterly sucked into their world. The play is touching, dramatic and unique.
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By john on 23 April 2013
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A brilliant piece of writing, strong characters with powerful storyline.
A tenacious love triangle involving Jimmy an intelligent, yet disaffected young man, Alison his upper class wife and her best friend Helen. A Welsh lodger Cliff, attempts to keep the peace.
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By fingers finnucane on 25 Jan. 2014
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Purchased as a set text for my daughter who is taking A levels. Whilst the play itself was quite a radical production in its day, the theme and context are quite dated and rather staid. I guess I would not have purchased it, had it not been a set text.
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By hooterbob on 5 Sept. 2014
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Very beautiful and passionate. It's very easy to be drawn to the character of Jimmy; to loathe him and be enchanted in equal measures.
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I bought this for a course I am taking it was in brilliant condition and I am really enjoying the play itself. Would recommend it.
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By susan on 20 April 2015
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Excellent, a book bought for school
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