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The Playboy Of The Western Wor Audio CD – Audiobook, Jul 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; Unabridged edition (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626348763
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626348765
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 12.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,463,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

John Millington Synge was born in 1871, of Anglo-Irish Protestant land owning stock. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, and then spent a few years wandering on the continent. Synge went to the Aran Islands in 1898, and subsequently revisited them several times. In the Shadow of the Glen and Riders to the Sea were both completed in the summer of 1902, and both were taken from material he had collected on the islands. The Playboy of the Western World, in which a young man lies about the death of his father offended audiences when first produced in 1907, on account of its 'immodest' references to Irish womanhood and aroused a prolonged and bitter controversy, which lasted until the author's death in 1909. His other works include a few poems and two books of travels The Aran Islands. Deirdre of the Sorrows was published posthumously.

--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

From AudioFile

This production is a delight. Synge is difficult for American audiences because he writes in Irish dialect. However, this cast, led by Orson Bean and Alley Mills, delivers every line of Synge's poetic script clearly. Even when several characters are arguing in heavy Irish brogues, each word can be heard distinctly. What's more, the production uses spatial and sound effects so well that the action seems to move through a living Irish village. The plot, about a ridiculous wonder of a man becoming a hero through claiming to have murdered his father and finding true love as a result, seems simple and true as you listen to this charming production. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST SAW THE PLAY March 14 1999
By Victor Bloom MD - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is a wild, woolly, farcical, slapstick, poetic-philosophical comedy, which deserves a reading, as the Irish accents can be largely non-understandable. The play had the feel of a classic, although it helps to know the times and the Irish reaction to it, historically.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Historically Significant Literary Bust July 8 2013
By Frank P. DiPrima - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
While the play is of historical significance (riots at the Abbey Theater in Dublin in 1907) this is a childish comedy, at best mildly amusing. At its best it lends itself well to slapstick exaggerations of the Irish character. It is more like Brendan Behan five decades later than like the estimable Irish playwrights like Wilde or Shaw or O'Casey or even the Joyce of "Exiles."