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Philip Allan Literature Guide (for GCSE): A View from the Bridge Paperback – 28 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Allan; Pap/Psc edition (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444110241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444110241
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

For study or revision, these guides are the perfect accompaniment to the set text, providing invaluable background and exam advice.

About the Author

Shaun McCarthy is a professional playwright for stage and radio. His recent plays have been produced by Bristol Old Vic, Ustinov Studio Bath Theatre Royal and the Katie Read Company, and by BBC Radio 4. He teaches writing for performance at Oxford and Bristol universities. He has written many education titles, including study guides to Shakespeare and modern dramatists, creative writing programmes and literary biographies.


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This study guide doesn't really convince; there's little in it that a decent student would not notice for him/herself, and there is not much in the way of inspiring suggestions of where to go next. Nor is it conveniently arranged or presented for a less able student as a purely pragmatic exam revision tool, which is what most students will be wanting (and teachers!). It's neither one thing nor the other, and a far cry from some of the really excellent Philip Allan I have read (A teacher, if you hadn't guessed)
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This useful guide helped my daughter a lot. Certainly worth purchasing.
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Book as described and quick delivery.
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Very useful revision guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Arthur Miller's greatest plays 15 July 2001
By M. Packham - Published on Amazon.com
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A View From the Bridge is a compelling and exciting drama that delves into such issues as incest, manliness and justice. It's the story of Eddie, an illiterate longshoreman, and his anger towards his niece's affection for an illegal immigrant staying in his house. The complicated relationships between these and many other characters in the play makes A View From the Bridge a truly great piece of theatre. The play has the ingredients of a traditional Greek tragedy, complete with Alfieri, a narrator that fulfils the same purpose as Sophocles's chorus from his plays about Oedipus and Antigone. It's a really good read and unravels like a great page-turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 7 July 1999
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Format: Paperback
Well, after the reading the above reviews I have to say that I was compelled to write a review since I think this exsquisite piece of literature is one of the most moving plays I have ever read. A tale of wrenching and impossible desire, it exposes the danger of the subconscious and within that is a true love story. Arthur Miller has once again brilliantly created a complex and emotionally torturted man in Eddie.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic insight into italian-american culture 23 Oct. 1999
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Format: Paperback
A awe-inspiring view of Brooklyn in the 1950's. The storyline was very believable as it displayed the passion and anger of Sicilian society. Marco's honesty and physical strength against the insanity and perverted thoughts of Eddie towards Catherine, was the perfect ending to a intricate struggle of loyalty versus human integrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Tragedy 20 Oct. 2003
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I have loved A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE since the first time I read it, three years ago. It is a tautly written, exciting drama in which one can practically see the tragic end coming, "step by step, like a dark figure walking down a hall toward a certain door" (in the words of Alfieri, the lawyer in the play). But as well as the play "reads," it is absolutely ELECTRIFYING when seen on stage -- as I found out just yesterday, when I saw a production of it. The actor who played Eddie Carbone, the protagonist, made the character very sympathetic; as a result, the play's ending was truly tragic. Read A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, but also try to see a production of it, if you possibly can. I will admit, though, that it is not performed that often -- not nearly as often as it deserves to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intense Question of the Bonds of Family 24 April 2005
By JMack - Published on Amazon.com
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Arthur Miller often allows the reader to have difficulty identifying with a character, while empathizing with several characters. This is the case in "A View from a Bridge." When the story ends in tragedy, it is no surprise that the reader is made to question some aspect of American society.

In this play, Eddie inherits the duty of raising his niece since the death of his sister. When cousins who are illegal immigrants come to stay with the family, it is a challenge to Eddie's role as father figure. The character and integrity of Rodolpho the younger immigrant is called in to question as he begins a relationship with Eddie's niece Catherine. Is he only marrying her to obtain American citizenship? Is he too much of a free spirit with his singing and dress-making skills? In Eddie's eyes, he certainly not the proper suiter he expected for Catherine. With a wedding on the horizon, Eddie takes his only real option to prevent the marriage. He calls immigration. The final confrontation between Rodolpho and Eddie ends in tragedy, but the character flaws in both men make it difficult to sympathize with either.

The story raises questions of the bonds of family as well as the changing conditions of immigration into America. The fact that the play makes the reader think about social conditions is a reflecion of the quality of the play. It is from the high standard readers hold an Arthur Miller play to.
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