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One for the Road Hardcover – 12 Sep 1985

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 Sep 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413589501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413589507
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,304,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dramatizes the conversation between an interrogator and his victims, a father, mother, and young son, and includes an interview with the playwright about the play's theme. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It does seem to me that your attitude to your work has changed, in that you wrote One for the Road as a particular response to a particular situation, whereas plays such as The Birthday Party were written with no particular end in view. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Tavener VINE VOICE on 28 Nov 2011
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Until recently I found Pinter very hard work in the theatre, however now I can't get enough of his brilliant crafted plays!

One for the Road is a short piece but it packs a huge emotional punch. It deals with the subject of torture in a very direct (but not graphic) way. It is a series of conversations between an interrogator and his 'clients'. Shot with black humour, the text makes you shiver with the underlying brutality of the situation.

It is a short, sharp shock - and brilliant!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Pinter's Finest 13 Mar 1997
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"One For The Road" marks a major departure for Harold Pinter, providing readers and theatregoers with a theatrical experience that is riveting and unnerving. I have directed this play several times and have always found it to be a goldmine of writing. The language is exact, offering clear and distinct motivation from the characters, yet the play allows ample room for interpretation. Though it concerns the events of political torture--it is much more than that. It is subtle in its examination of power, corruption, and the apparent ease of destroying one's soul. I have had the "interrogator" played by both a man and a woman; the results were always the same: anyone can destroy a person's life with only words. The physical torture in the play happens offstage, but the punishment of the characters is performed in front of our eyes by the interrogator's words. It is one of the most violent moments in theatre. It is classic Pinter. A true masterpiece.

As a side note: The US version of "One For The Road" contains a glaring ommision in the text. Early in the text the interrogator speaks of the victims eyes. There is a small speech that he makes about the viewing the soul of one's eyes. This speech is missing two, very crucial lines that are in the English text, but missing from the US version. This is not a change by Pinter, but a publishing error by Grove. This explains a rating of "8" since the text is incomplete.
Chilling 8 Jun 2013
By Colin McPhillamy - Published on Amazon.com
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One of Pinter's great works. The darkest aspect of totalitarian rule. An interrogator destroys his victims. Behind the urbane but sinister dialogue lies vile intent. The same darkness in the psyche that allows for human rights abuses that disgrace the species.
Five Stars 10 Dec 2014
By Phil Morton - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, seller is very recommended!
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