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5.0 out of 5 stars Wrought iron, 3 Feb. 2011
This review is from: A View from the Bridge (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Having wached Arthur Miller's plays on stage and on screen I did not expect reading a text to possess the same engaging intensity. A View from the Bridge, at least, certainly exceeds expectations. From outset, the tension between the principal characters is steadily ratcheted up, culminating in the dramatic climax. Miller claims in the introduction he overhead the story, that it is based on real circumstances. It is not difficult to believe, and the reader is confronted, as is often the case with Miller, with asking what they might do in a similar situation? It is hard not to feel empathy for Miller's characters, even if we do not admire them, a reflection of self-criticism perhaps, and also an awareness of the feebleness of mankind. If Miller overheard it, then we all overhear stories. His talent is to render it readable, intense, charged with emotion, and beautifully crafted. An example of the last is the relationship between Eddie and his wife, in which each others' hidden thoughts are known to the other, but outwardly denied for the sake of the marriage. The predictable outcome of the play is no less powerful for it.
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