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Making History Paperback – 9 Jan 1989

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (9 Jan. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571154778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571154777
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Making History by Brian Friel deals with the Irish and Spanish alliance which attempted to drive the English out of Ireland around 1600; but Friel has avoided the conventions of 'historical drama' to produce a play about history, the continuing process.

About the Author

Brian Friel was born in County Tyrone in 1929. He died in County Donegal on 2 October 2015.


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Brian Friel's "Making History" is a wondwerful work of art. The title is very suggestive, and timely, too. Nowadays, we live in an age where voices are being heard announcing 'the end of history'. Friel's title suggests that as long as there are people living, history will continue to flaw. I have to say, though, that history making for Friel is not a matter of a linear description of events; rather, history for him is fragmented. It is a discours that could be totally imaginary, and has nothing to do with reality or the 'truth'. The play is excellent because it tackles a political issue without being a political treatise. Friel never lost sight of the fact that he was writing a drama.Indeed, it had been quite some time since I read a serious play that deals with the struggle of a people to gain its freedom and preserve its culture. A wonderful play by all measures indeed.
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Through the engaging character of Hugh O' Neill, Friel throws up penetrating questions of what is truth, what is history, who decides and how. His struggle is at once political and personal.
Whilst being political, the play is very emotive and moving, as it explores Hugh's personal relationships and how they directly relate to the political turmoil he's ensconced in.
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O'Friel needn't have bothered. His language is heavily multi layered, which is why it's a useful play for A Level Literature study, but the events and dialogue structure are dull. O'Friel could have made his point about Ireland's history more exciting. Instead, we get metaphor after metaphor of plants and saddles. Even though he restructured history to squash events into two acts of two scenes, it's still too long because it's just boring.
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Bought for my daughter doing AS English literature and she says it is a really great book that she has enjoyed reading and has been very helpful for her studies. Arrived quickly and well within delivery times.
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This was I ordered for my sister for her A Level English, and she got an A, what more is there to say! Arrived promptly and in a new condition as described.
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Fast and accurate delivery, just as described. Not sure of the content as its for my daughter for college, but I'm sure it will be ok.
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