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Plays - One : French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Harlequinade Paperback – 1 Jan 1981

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  • 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)
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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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At first, the idea of reading a piece of literature designed to be seen on stage confused me. How can such emotions be expressed through a line of text?
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
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Bought this through Amazon's Marketplace from betterworldbooksltd. Ridiculously cheap price and good deliverytime, especially since I bought it over the Xmas-New Year period.
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.
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This is not a review of the plays, it's a review of the print quality of the book, which is abysmal. In the introduction, about 50% of the full stops (periods) are missing,, and not much better for the actual plays themselves. Pity, because otherwise the book is well bound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terence Rattigan - a man for all seasons. 4 Mar. 2015
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Terence Rattigan is one of the few compassionate playwrights who touch your soul. His observations are acute and his stories ring true. His popularity faltered at the end of his career as younger playwrights came to the fore. He wrote about his time so you might think his plays are dated ... You could say the same about "Downton Abbey" but" Downton Abbey" has enough fans to keep its popularity going for six seasons with more to come. Many of Rattigan's plays that were made into movies in the "40's" and "50's" have been re-made by another generation of thespians. These plays include "The Winslow Boy" and "The Browning Version" (which are included in this volume) plus "The Deep Blue Sea" - revived for the 50th anniversary of Rattigan's death - and "Separate Tables" (which starred Burt Lancaster, is still popular in community theatre).
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Nice collection by a brilliant, eloquent author.
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