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The playboy of the western world ; and, Riders to the sea (edition 1993)

by J. M. Synge, J. M. Synge

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Two lyrical, beautifully crafted dramas set among the folk of the Aran Islands and western Irish coastlands. Reprinted from authoritative editions, complete with Synge's preface to The Playboy of the Western World. New introductory Note.
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Title:The playboy of the western world ; and, Riders to the sea
Authors:J. M. Synge
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Info:New York : Dover Publications, 1993.
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  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
I doubt I'd fail to enjoy a good performance of this, but reading it was very tedious. I'm sure it would be different if Irish drama were an area of interest for me. I am interested in the French Canadian adaptation that another reviewer mentioned. ( )
  climbingtree | May 22, 2011 |
I didn't really know what to make of these plays. It probably didn't help that I read The Playboy of the Western World when I was sick. It's strange, and I'm not sure I can say much more than that, even after seeing a performance of it. There are bits that I liked, and there are bits that I didn't. The characters are all well-drawn, and I usually enjoyed their interactions. Which is a bit of an awful review, but there you go. Riders to the Sea, on the other hand, which tells the story of a family on the Aran Islands, is just too over-the-top to be effective. If men really died on the Aran Islands at that rate, there wouldn't be anyone left! Still has some chilling moments and great imagery, though.
  Stevil2001 | Mar 9, 2009 |
I remember having seen a French Canadian adaptation of this play in high school. Boy were we naive back then... not understanding a thing about literature. The play was indeed boring for us.

However, years later, I enjoyed reading this play for its use of comedy, local language and its meta-comment on playing roles (much more subtle than any Shakespeare). ( )
  anabellebf | Sep 9, 2007 |
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