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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184842289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848422896
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Eerily brilliant... Wonder and beauty suffuse it even as it darkens, at a pace almost musical... All of it is wrapped in marvellous language, sunset colours and moon shadows, muscular and glittering as an upstream trout... Extraordinary. The Times

Emotionally wired and deeply poetic...magical, bucolic, gothic and even sacramental...This is plainly the best new play in town. The Stage

Strange, eerie, tense ... endlessly mysterious... it leaves one unsure whether one is watching a ghost story, gothic thriller or parable... Confirms that Butterworth possesses a singular talent. Guardian

A subtly crafted piece of chamber music. It is teasing, haunting and hushed... beautifully written, "mixing memory with desire."... Butterworth's thrilling nature writing really sings. Telegraph

The River is pure magic. A magnetically eerie, luminously beautiful psychodrama about the changes that happen in dark places... A swirling mist of memory, magical realism and hinted-at folklore, bound by some terrific acting and the gorgeous bucolic lyricism of Butterworth's language. Time Out

If you did want to make comparisons with Jerusalem you could say that the longer play was violent dynamite-fishing, a great brawling splash throwing up all manner of deep monsters, whereas this is delicate: a fly-fisherman's piece of trickery, ripples and reflections. Its iridescent beauty and menacing hook hover just out of reach, so that we snap breathlessly up towards meaning, half-hungry, half-afraid. The Times

Spellbinding... Lyrical and tricksy, occasionally droll and ultimately desolating... unfolds like a tantalising cross between a piece of deeply felt poetry and a sleight-of-hand puzzle. Independent.

Bewitchingly strange, watery and wild but deftly crafted. Evening Standard

Here's a puzzle play, alluring and unsettling in turn... marking Butterworth out anew as the most singular voice in town... sexy and sorrowful... the play pulsates with sexual possibility and declarations of love that get revised. --Arts Desk

The River is a piece of gorgeously sensitive writing, utterly beguiling in its subtle deconstruction of the way we conduct ourselves in relationships -the facades erected, the lies told, the declarations made, the pasts conveniently ignored... A play of luminous beauty, hauntingly affecting in its intimate surroundings. --oughttobeclownsblogspot.co.uk

About the Author

Jez Butterworth's most recent play at the Royal Court was the critically-acclaimed hit Jerusalem in 2009, directed by Ian Rickson, which went on to play two record breaking runs in the West End, as well as transferring to Broadway. His first play Mojo opened at the Royal Court, winning five awards including the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Other plays at the Royal Court include The Night Heron and The Winterling. Credits elsewhere include Parlour Song at the Almeida. On film, his credits include Mojo, starring Harold Pinter, Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman and Fair Game starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.


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I have just ordered the book from Amazon and will not be able to comment until I have read it. Please ignore the rating, as I had to put something so the message can go through.

But the good news is that it is coming to Broadway and Hugh Jackman has just confirmed that he is leading the acting team!
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Great play! I bought this while I was searching for monolgues for my Grandson who was being auditioned. He didn't use this - but we all enjoyed the play. if it comes on round here we will rush to see it.
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I'm afraid to say that I hadn't read anything by Jez Butterworth until I heard about 'Jerusalem' which I loved both in writing and later on the stage. This is his next play and again I've been forced to read it rather than see it. But having done so, I'm once again glad that I have since it's once again beautifully written and enormously evocative of time spent by the side of a river in this case seeking out the rise of the sea trout. The interactions between the characters provide movement and very much maintain your interest. But for me, this is a poem to the countryside just as much as Ted Hughes' poem 'Night Arrival of Sea Trout' from which he quotes. It doesn't have the pizzaz and explosive energy of Jerusalem but that reflects the subject matter of the river and its wildlife. For me, there were echoes of TS Eliot, of Citizen Kane and I have to admit too due to the subject matter, the wonderful 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'.
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Brought this for studying. Great book!
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