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The Browning Version (NHB Modern Plays) by [Rattigan, Terence]
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Length: 128 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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A play of extraordinary depth, compassion and psychological perception. --Daily Telegraph

Packs more truths about the human condition into 70 minutes than most other dramas could manage in a month. --Evening Standard

An acknowleged one-act masterpiece...A surefire hit that always touches the heart. --Guardian

A masterpiece of understated passions...Rattigan's play rests on feelings felt but unwillingly spoken...In little over an hour, Rattigan's superbly plotted drama gracefully navigates the quiet desperation of his characters' lives with Chekhovian power...This well-crafted evening of repression and self-expression proves there's a great deal more to schoolday behavior than dreamed of in The History Boys. --Variety

About the Author

Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) hit the jackpot at the age of 25 with French Without Tears. There followed After The Dance, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Separate Tables, The Deep Blue Sea and In Praise of Love. All are published in the Definitive Edition of the plays of Terence Rattigan from NHB.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1239 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDWT2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great great play. A miniature masterpiece of restraint, suppressed emotion and tempestuous love. Set in a schoolmaster's room, it's been filmed twice, revived many times, a real classic where every line seethes with subtlety and ambiguity. Emotionally rich and raw. Extraordinary. One of the great British plays of the twentieth century.
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The Browning Version is Terence Rattigan’s beautiful 1948 play about a man passing beyond defeat to renewed resistance.

Crocker-Harris or ‘the Crock’ as he is known, not necessarily affectionately, to many both amongst the staff and among the pupils of the school where he is about to end an eighteen-year career due to ill health, is gradually revealed to have been defeated at every level.

His valuable and highly competent contribution to the life of the school is casually exploited but not respected – or even recognised. Among staff and pupils alike he is seen as both a figure of fun and as an authoritarian to be feared. His wife doesn’t even disguise her contempt for him, and is in any case betraying him with a man who is the only one of his colleagues presented to us as, perhaps, a friend.

Rattigan takes us down a terrible descent as we discover each of these humiliations and injuries in turn. But then, at the bottom of the slope, Crocker-Harris turns and Rattigan shows us something else. The Crock isn’t a broken man, and indeed he can draw not only on internal strength but on an affection and loyalty from others of which he was unaware (though the audience less so, if it picks up an early hint).

The play ends exactly as it should, with no attempt to tie up all the loose ends. Instead it hints at a future less bleak than we might have suspected. And, above all, with a small gesture that somehow resonates far more loudly than anything far greater might have done, in which Crocker-Harris reasserts himself and his humanity. A delicate, pastel-shaded ending entirely in harmony with the tone of understated expression of the whole play, all the more powerful for relying heavily on implication.
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There is a fine balance to be achieved in every person's life. It is the decision of every individual to qualify where their balance lies. There are webs of imperfection, extremity, veiled truth and self-deceit that are slowly, carefully and brilliantly unwoven by a craftsman at his very best.
The setting of a boy's public school is pertinent and relevant with regards to the way characters connect with each other. It is equally powerful when you understand that these personalities exist, love, loathe and manipulate each other in every corner of society. Need, emptiness and grief are universal.
This is a subtle, devastating play. If you believe King Lear contains hope, then you will also be able to spot it at the end of this play as well.
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Nuanced, beautiful writing, and character analysis that is ruthless, real and aching with loss. In my view, the play seems to be portraying a character who is the underdog, and yet saying that there is great strength in that; perhaps it takes greater strength to always put the needs of others first, to allow your own feelings to be ignored, and this is certainly what he does in the way that he responds to his wife's needs. It is also detectable that, in his stirring final speech to the school, that he has always put his pupils before him, and yet has interpreted their fearful respect of him as a failure on his part.

The students give him a standing ovation. We are perhaps supposed to think that he has been a 'good' teacher after all. However, being a teacher myself, this moment always leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling: I have found that all students, almost without exception, like Taplow, wish their teachers well. Contrary to popular stereotype, teenagers are without the cynical streak that adults are so often burdened with. I wonder if the students' applause is sympathy rather than true respect, however. They feel for him, but does that mean that he was actually any good, or was he really the monster that he believes himself to be? I like to think that his damning self-evaluation is wrong and that it is in his very lack of complacency, and self-critical outlook, that suggests he was, after all, an inspiring teacher.

In the 1994 adaptation, Albert Finney's performance of this superbly subtle play is stunning. It has me in tears every time. It is my favourite film!

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