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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (29 May 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571085865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571085866
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, in 1929. His plays include Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Translations, Faith Healer, Making History, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Home Place.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "nero060" on 18 Mar. 2004
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Philadelphia, Here I Come, is another of Brian Friel's timeless classics. Set back in teh day when the Usa was the place to be, this is the story of a young man named Gar who is about to set of for his new life. However in the night that the action takes place he is bombarded with unresolved issues from, former girlfriend Kate, The Boys and most certaintly his father SB.
Riddled with the pressures of speaking your mind and acting from the heart Friel emphasises the troublesome world of effection between father and son. The bold dramatic move of having the daul personnality of Gar on stage is not only unheard off, but keeps the audiance fascinated and gripped until the very end.
This, the most humourous of all Friels plays, is something for evreyone. Will Gar go or wont he? You'll have to read it to find out.
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An excellently written account of a young man's pre-emigration jitters, incorporating his affection for the life he so longs to leave behind. A brilliant tale of early 20th century Ireland, Catholicism, her ideas on the American dream, and a stale father/son relationship. Friel's use of the psyche as a character brings a new dimension to this play, allowing us to hear the main characters every thought, hope, fear and dream. Having emigrated myself, this story is one still applicable to Ireland. I'm glad I didn't read it before I left, or I wouldn't have gone at all! Very powerful and emotional.
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By noreen mc grath on 29 Oct. 2014
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Came quickly great book.
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Great value for money.
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