- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Methuen Publishing (1 Jan. 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 041349070X
- ISBN-13: 978-0413490704
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plays - One : French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Harlequinade Paperback – 1 Jan 1981
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Winslow Boy:'Rattigan's defiant reiteration of the ancient legal mantra "let right be done", his attack on "the despotism of bureaucracy", his declaration that democracy will be the poorer if smaller injustices are ignored, his faith that the English will triumph over tyranny - all that packs a punch today, as it did when the play had its premiere in 1946.' Benedict Nightingale, The Times, 19.5.09 Winslow Boy: 'A paragon of well-made drama... What a fine piece of craftsmanship this play is. The overall plot is a cunningly laid series of twists and snares.' Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail, 22.5.09 'One of the finest dramatists of the last century, uniting superb technical skills with a deep understanding of both the human heart and the British habit of repressing emotion.' Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 22.5.09
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Well, all the answers are held within this volume. Every single play is stuningly written in a simplistic but very effective way, from the comic 'French Without Tears', the triumphant-confused 'The Winslow Boy', the most emotive and inspiring play ever composed 'The Browning Version' (also a brilliant film adaptation [also all based in one scene]), and finally the ammusing mockery of tradition in theatre, 'Harlequinade'.
As is clear from my above comments, i have never been so moved by a singular piece of literature as i have with 'The Browning Version'. The climax of this volume (in my humble opinion) is easily the twisted attack of Millie upon the Crock's emotional reaction to Taplow's gift, which then provokes Andrew to make his final decision regarding his wife, offering a glimpse of hope at the end of a disasterous life.
Quite simply, anyone who apreciates literature of any kind must buy this volume.
A 17 year old A-Level student
Why are there so few reviews left for this volume? Is it because everything that can be said has been said about 'The Browning Version' and 'The Winslow Boy'? Or is it because we are fated to forget - everything?? And I do not mean senile dementia.
As the other review mentions 'The Browning Version' works as a piece of highly emotional, emotive drama. There are at least two very good versions of this play on film (with Micheal Redgrave as 'the Crock' in one, and Albert Finney in the other) which both demonstrate HOW to perform this play. But the play itself stands up on its own as a piece to be read off the page. You don't have to see if performed.
I read 'The Browning Version' alongside its original stablemate, 'Harlequinade', as they originally were performed in Rattigan's 'Playbill'. Harliqinade is, helpfully, included in the edition I ordered.