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John B. Keane , Ben Barnes
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1 Jan 1991
The Field is John B. Keane's fierce and tender study of the love a man can have for land and the ruthless lengths he will go to in order to obtain the object of his desire. It is dominated by the Bull McCabe, one of the most famous characters in Irish writing today. An Oscar-nominated adaptation of The Field proved highly successful and popular worldwide,and stared Richard Harris, John Hurt, Brenda Fricker and Tom Berenger.

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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Mercier Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853429766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853429760
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Field is John B. Keane's fierce and tender study of the love a man can have for land and the ruthless lengths he will go to in order to obtain the object of his desire. It is dominated by the Bull McCabe, one of the most famous characters in Irish writing today. An Oscar-nominated adaptation of The Field proved highly successful and popular worldwide,and stared Richard Harris, John Hurt, Brenda Fricker and Tom Berenger. His first play, Sive, was presented by the Listowel Drama Group and won the All-Ireland Drama Festival in 1959. It was followed by another success, Sharon's Grave, in 1960. The Field (1965) and Big Maggie (1969), are widely regarded as classics of the modern Irish stage and jewels in a crown which includes such popular hits as Many Young Men of Twenty, The Man from Clare, Moll, The Chastitute and The Year of the Hiker. His large canon of plays have been seen abroad in cities as far afield as Moscow and Los Angeles. Big Maggie ran on Broadway for over two months in 1982 and The Field was adapted into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film, starring Brenda Fricker and Richard Harris, in 1991. But it was not just in his plays that John B. Keane managed to portray all aspects of humanity with both wit and truth. He also wrote many fine novels, including The Contractors, A High Meadow and Durango. Durango was adapted for the big screen, starring Brenda Fricker and Patrick Bergin. A writer of essays, short stories and letters, his humorous words live on in Celebrated Letters of John B. Keane, More Celebrated Letters, The Best of John B. Keane and The Short Stories of John B. Keane. In 1987 John B. Keane received a special award for his enduring place in Irish life and letters from the Sunday Independent/Irish Life. In that year he also won a Sunday Tribune Arts Award and in 1988 he was chosen as the recipient of the Irish-American Fund Award for Literature. In 1999 he was presented with a Gradam medal, the Abbey Theatre's highest award. He was a member of Aosdana and the recipient of honorary doctorates from Trinity College, Dublin, Limerick University and Marymount College, New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Plays in the Irish Theatre 26 Sep 2001
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John B. Keane's "The Field" is one of the great plays in the Irish Theatre. It is a powerhouse of a play. The film - which guts Keane's original story of its tension and moral dilemma - cannot hold a candle to the play. The Bull McCabe is an unforgettable character as is Mamie. The play works on many levels. It is true that the Irish literati have turned up their collective noses at Keane's work. His plays apparently have too strong a narrative to be considered "literature." But Keane uses the holy trinity of Irish themes - God, Land and Family - to construct an extraordinary drama. Whatever your perspective, it is impossible not to be interested in one of those universal facets of human existence. Keane's seemingly provincial plays such as "The Field," "The Year of the Hiker," "Big Maggie," "The Man from Clare" and "Sharon's Grave" will be produced long after the current critical favorites are left to collect dust on forgotten stacks at dusky university libraries. No theatre company can go wrong in tackling "The Field." Audiences are enraptured by Keane's story. Actors jump at the chance to play such well-drawn characters and directors will have much to investigate. This is an unforgettable play. As the Bull says, "The grass won't be green over his grave when he'll be forgotten by all . . . forgotten by all - except me." And except you
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John B Keane has been sneered at by the Irish litreature society, for a long time. This is mostly because he uses the west of Irelands customs, traditions and slang in his work. However it is because of this, he has become known as one of Irelands most reputable and best loved writer and playwright. He is the original Roddy Doyle, who uses stories of his area and real life incidents of his native Kerry, to cement his reputation and add to his legacy
The field is the most widely known of his work, due to the ground breaking 1989 film adaption of this play, which stared Richard Harris as one of Keanes most notorious and dominating characters, Bull Mc Cabe. The field centres around a fertile field placed in one of Kerrys roughest landscape regions. It is worked by the fierce yet proud Bull Mc Cabe, who will kill and shall do, so he can own what he has put in so many years hard work for and pass on to his son. Yet when the widow puts the field up for auction Bulls hopes for the future are dashed by the arrival of a stranger amongest the community, who is also bidding for the sacred field.
Keane presants a cast a characters that will remain in your memory for many a year. The Bull Mc Cabe quickly pushes Keanes other stage creations well into the dark, due to his brutish attitude and the lenghts he will go to over property.
This is a superb play that tackles an issue that us Irish find hard to speak about, " the death of one to gain land ", a problem that many suspect that every parish suffers from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Field 26 Mar 2014
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A legendary film, superior book and a good night in in front of the tele. All arrived on time and of standard expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Jun 2013
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This is John B Keane at his very best.

The Field is probably his best known literary work and it's a story that's as relevant today as it was when he first wrote it.

At the time of writing this review, John B Keane's website has a note on there saying that they are not granting permissions to perform the Field, which is a shame as I think it would be great to see the Field back in live theatre again. I'm not too sure why they've done this, perhaps as a result of the film rights, but either way, I cannot imagine John being happy that his most famous work would be condemned to a future of sitting on bookshelves.

Anyway, a great read. A great story and it's just John B Keane at his most brilliant best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Aug 2014
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In great condition.
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