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The Seafarer (NHB Modern Plays) [Paperback]

Conor McPherson
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29 Sep 2006
A breathtaking supernatural play from the author of The Weir.

It's Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (29 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854599496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854599490
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His sentences are better, his sentiments more developed than many Booker Prizewinners. He is terrific... His new play is one of his most succinct and startling, and the funniest to date... what he creates is apparently simple, but daring and memorable. --Observer

A blistering emotional punch... The Seafarer first ambushes you and then haunts you for days afterwards. --Time Out

Sparkling and suspenseful... McPherson is a born yarn-spinner. --Guardian

A realistic fantasy, a wide-awake nightmare. The writing is poetic, brutal, athletic, hilarious. --Sunday Times

About the Author

Conor McPherson was born in 1971 in Dublin. His breakthrough came with This Lime Tree Bower at the Bush, followed by The Weir at the Royal Court, which went on to run for two years in the West End, transferring to Broadway. There followed Dublin Carol, Port Authority and Shining City on stage, and three films: I Went Down, Saltwater and The Actors. All McPherson's work is published by NHB.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT LOVE IT 16 April 2010
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read it and fall in love, i seen it performed in dublin, closest thing to perfection i have ever seen... LOVE IT! dark, funny, tragic, beautiful, heart breaking. dublin inner city characters portrayed with wit, complexity and utter honesty
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christmas Tale 29 Dec 2008
By Jake Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I saw this play last night at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and it was excellent. It mixes "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" in a tale of family, friends, regrets, and the big guy above. There's a good balance of humor and deep emotion, with an unexpected hook that in another playwrite's hands would be laughable but here seems perfectly natural. The characters are individuals with their own problems and needs, even the evil ones. I recommend reading it around christmas time, when we all need a little boost. And if you can see it done live the experience will stay with you for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it 9 May 2012
By Nancy G. - Published on Amazon.com
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When I saw the show on Broadway, I thought it took a while to get going, but it was worth it in the end. There's a nice rhythm and mood to the piece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Well-constructed Play 2 July 2009
By The Saxon - Published on Amazon.com
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A dark, well-constructed play. High appeal for actors and true theater aficionados. Rapid-fire, interspersing dialogue: a challenge to actors. Definitely not a play for the average theater goer who is seeking to be entertained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Ensemble Piece 4 Mar 2008
By John F. Rooney - Published on Amazon.com
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The living rooms in "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" by Martin McDonagh, and in this play, "The Seafarer" by Conor McPherson are as scroungy, grotty, and disreputable as the males who inhabit these dumpy premises. The house is north of Dublin. Some plays can be read and enjoyed as a partial substitute for seeing a live performance, but after reading this one, I realize it is essential to see a live presentation to get the full import of this play. It is an actor's dream for the current five man ensemble on Broadway because the stage business is as powerful as the lines.
There is a Faustian pact element to the story. The central focus is on Sharky, a loser, who lives with his blind brother. Two visitors and a mysterious fifth man, Mr. Lockhart, gather together Christmas Eve day and night and get extremely drunk. They play cards, money is lost, and the story opens up to the audience. Some of this is familiar territory, and the plot is not too complicated. Lockhart probably has the best lines, but the other characters would be a joy to watch. There is great comedy here along with the more serious stuff. The characters are beautifully crafted, and they are a decidedly odd bunch. Each one a piece of work in his own peculiar way.
As in most plays, secrets from the past are unearthed and become grist for the dramatist's mill. When Lockhart and Sharky are alone, Lockhart reminds him of a card game they had in the past. For these two and the audience the game of cards becomes a transforming experience. The play is well worth a read but try to see it on stage if at all possible. It would make a great movie or television play, but, I think, the audience would be limited.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark yet humorous read. 11 Mar 2010
By Anthony Gervay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I recently borrowed a copy of this from my friend, after he and others recommended it. I'd never heard of any of McPherson's works and didn't know what to expect. After reading, I would recommend it to anyone interested in the theatre, and plan on picking up a copy of my own soon. It's not very long, and read very easily (I read it in one afternoon). It follows Christmas Eve in the house of James "Sharky" Harkin and his brother Richard, recently gone blind. It is a dry, dark tale, yet scattered with witty humor. Contains several parallels to Dr. Faustus. I've never seen it live, and while I hear it's much better on stage, this is a very good read.
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