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The Cripple of Inishmaan (Modern Plays) by [McDonagh, Martin]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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'Martin McDonagh's cruel, but not altogether heartless comedy [and] the sly viciousness and in-bred eccentricitiy of McDonagh's smalltown anti-heroes.' Daily Telegraph (10 November 2008)

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In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been grazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. For Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. And as news of his audacity ripples through his rumor-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; 1 edition (4 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GMIUFGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
It's extremely rare that I can read anything, let alone a play, and laugh out loud. "The Cripple of Inishmaan" made me frequently chuckle with glee (which was awkward when I was reading it in public).

The play tells the story of Billy, an orphaned crippled lad living on the island of Inishmaan with his aunts, who dreams of escaping his lowly life when a Hollywood film crew arrives on a nearby island. The plot itself appears simple but contains several nice twists and turns that resolve themselves in a very satisfying manner.

More importantly, the playwright Martin McDonagh has an incredible facility for language and for capturing the life and behaviour of rural Irish folk. The play is rich with the inate humour of their speech patterns and their personal perspective on the world. A whole cast of memorable supporting characters each makes their mark just from reading the play text.

It's a play that deserves to be seen, but if it's not being performed anywhere near you, then do the next best thing and buy this script. You won't be disappointed.
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This is a stunningly good read. Typically Irish humour where cruelty and ignorance can shock, offend and yet amuse at the same time. I can not wait to get to a live performance. It is also a play that I think will last forever in the amateur dramatic forum. And so it should.
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This was my first introduction to Martin McDonagh and I only saw his films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths afterwards. I prefer these two films (the latter especially) to this play,The Cripple of Inishmaan. It is a good play and prepared me for the type of writing to expect in the films, but the humour was just too dark for me and I never really got into it.
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A great edition of the play, including lists of the cast members from current and previous productions and featuring starring actor Daniel Radcliffe on the cover. Type is usual size- quite small so perhaps not ideal for those who struggle with impaired vision. Be aware that the play is relatively short (82 pages) although this could be due to a lack of explanatory notes, which aren't really necessary.
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