9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A great help, albeit a little complicated!,
This review is from: Translations by Brian Friel (York Notes Advanced) (Paperback)
The York Notes Advanced series are, by far, the best supplement to studying pieces of English Literature. I am currently studying A-level English Lit. and have used them for each novel, play or selection of poetry I have studied. The York Notes are to the point, full of insight and provide a wide range of criticism and clear understanding. They address key themes, characterisation, historical background and context and offer definitions of key terms.
Like all in the series, the edition for Translations is extremely helpful. It analyses each of the three Acts and provides criticism on themes, dramaic techniques, language and characterisation and offers information on historical and literary background. It is all very useful, but unlike most in the series, the information is so dense that it can often confuse and complicate the reader.
The York Notes Advanced for Translations is worth buying if you are studying, or simply analytically-interested in, the play but simply be careful when using it and don't expect the answers to be provided on a plate.