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A Thousand Clowns Paperback – 1962


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Samuel French (1962)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BFJQNC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,272,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the love of his nephew, Murray conforms.
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I have to admit, this is one of the most funny plays I've read yet.
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I purchased this along with the video...I'm a happy person!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pintorini on December 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Gardner tackles some big ones here: the role of the artist in society, the tension between family obligations and personal fulfillment, and the dumbing-down of popular culture. And he does this in one of the definitive comedies of 20th century American theater. Murray, a writer, having quit his job scripting an inane kids' TV program, doesn't want a "real" job either. So he doesn't get one. Sadly, the bureaucrats at the State Welfare Board catch on, and they decide to take away Murray's young nephew, Nick, who has lived with Murray for seven years. To prevent this, Murray must make sacrifices. But the play isn't really about the need to "get a job"--at least not just for the sake of getting one. Murray's view that life isn't just what happens on weekends makes sense, but he's got to pick the lesser of two evils.

Gardner's language is so fresh that *A Thousand Clowns* could have been written yesterday instead of forty years ago. It's no surprise that this play is still frequently performed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inkling on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Reviewing A Thousand Clowns is tricky, it's the kind of work that would only make sense to someone who happens to admire a well-made pastrami sandwich ...in New York, maybe while also wearing a hat. I think a fedora. If you qualify as a person who understands the importance of all of this, then this is the play for you.

Murray Burns is the main character in the play, which is set in the very early sixties, before things got political. He is a man who has just quit his job in New York as a writer for a silly television show because he can't face any more the idiots he works with. The problem is he has a nephew, Nick, who lives with him. The nephew, a very grown-up 13 year-old was left with Murray by Murray's sister, a woman of questionable values and a lifestyle "somewhat to the left of whoopee", who dumped her son on Murray's sofa six years prior to the beginning of the story. A guardian without a job is not acceptable to the school Nick attends. Nick is very smart and they pay special attention to him. Hence the arrival of the social workers, in Murray's apartment, and we get to watch a gloriously funny, heart-grabbing story unfold.

The movie based on the play was made too long ago, with Jason Robards as Murray. It was in black and white and although utterly wonderful, deserves a really, really well-done remake.
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By Aki A Kiriyama on April 10, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wanted a copy of the play and I got it for a great price. Could have paid more for a fancier cover, but who reads the cover? Maybe you think it only deserves three stars for being an average presentation of the words, but this copy also has notes about the original play and cast, and notes about things if you want to put on the play, such as the music and how to get copies of the music and how the stage was set. So I give it five stars for having extras that enhanced my appreciation of the play.
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Format: Paperback
This comedy for 4 males, 1 female and 1 12 year-old boy tells the story of a New York writer who quits his writing job to raise his young nephew and do everything he has always wanted to do. His non-conformist ways soon attract the attention of social services who are concerned about the welfare of the child.
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One of my favorite movies/plays. I purchased this along with the video...I'm a happy person! Pleased with the purchase. Thanks
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