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on 5 August 2017
I approached this with quite a degree of trepidation, as it is many a very long year since I read a play script, but this was unfounded, because the writing and structure are so powerful that it just flows and actually became a page turner for me (finished it in two sessions); I found it helped that I was able to read it with mental images of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in the lead roles in the movie.
The four principal elements of the story are, first, Blanche's descent into madness, following a traumatising experience in her late teens, in which her sexuality and self image were challenged and, following which, she becomes a fantasist and indulges in serial sexual encounters; second, the relationship between Blanche and Stella, her grounded, accepting and compliant sister; third, the train crash waiting to happen, when Blanche comes up against Stanley, the rough and ready realist; and fourth, the relationship between Blanch and Mitch, the regular Joe, decent and standup but unsophisticated.
If you read it, you have to accept that it is of its time, with homosexuality being regarded as an aberration; with racism; with domestic violence regarded as a norm; with male over female superiority and domination; and so on.
Well worth a read as an insight into part of the past, provided by a highly accomplished writer.
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on 4 October 2017
Easy read. Read it in a couple of hours. Easy to follow although in play format. Kept me wondering on what would happen next which I quiet enjoyed.
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on 14 October 2017
I found it easier to read this classic play than to watch it . I enjoyed the "interview" at the end as well.
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on 12 December 2017
Bought by my daughter for her A levels. She's very happy with it.
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on 1 October 2017
Good value and dispatched quickly.
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on 20 November 2017
A-Level study book. quick delivery
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on 13 September 2017
good value edition
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on 26 August 2017
Pleased with item
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on 25 April 2017
Different, captivating and interesting.
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on 9 September 2017
Great guide for exams!
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