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The Homecoming (1965)

by Harold Pinter

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I saw the play first and then read it. The play was awesome. ( )
  milti | Dec 14, 2011 |
"The eloquence of the unspoken." Words as weapons of defense. Yeah, but the supersaturatedness of the words, the deadlock of menace, the unbearable implicatedness of being, and of being a family, and of being a family of scumbags who hate each other, fills the play up and freezes it, makes it a work of timing and spaces and paradialogue. Not that any of that's bad--it just means that, while I can see this, like a thugged-out Waiting for Godot, being devastating on stage, heartbreaking, obscene, on the page it comes across as just a little bit . . . insouciant. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Feb 2, 2010 |
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This play, written by a winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, is set in an old and slightly seedy house in North London. There lives a family of men: Max, the aging but still aggressive patriarch; his younger, ineffectual brother Sam; and two of Max's three sons, neither of whom is married--Lenny a small-time pimp, and Joey, who dreams of success as a boxer. Into this sinister abode comes the eldest son, Teddy, who, having spent the past six years teaching philosophy in America, is now bringing his wife Ruth home to visit the family she has never met. As the play progresses, the younger brothers make increasingly outrageous passes at their sister-in-law until they are practically making love to her in front of her stunned but strangely aloof husband.… (more)

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