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A View from the Bridge (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Miller , Philip Seymour Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in the 1950s on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, A View from the Bridge follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and orphan niece, Catherine. But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice's cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie's envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences. This edition includes a forward by Philip Seymour Hoffman and an introduction by Arthur Miller.

Editorial Reviews


"[In Arthur Miller's plays] we find the true compassion and catharsis that are as essential to our society as water and fire and babies and air. . . . Miller awakened in me the taste for all that must be-the empathy and love for the least of us, out of which bursts a gratitude for the poetry of his characters and the greatness of their creator." -Philip Seymour Hoffman, from the Foreword

About the Author

Arthur Miller's first success came in 1947 with All My Sons for which he won the New York Drama Critics Circle award. His next play, Death of a Salesman, stunned audiences with its brilliance and was quickly became a classic of the modern theatre. It also sparked heated debates over the true nature of tragedy. Arthur Miller was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Death of a Salesman. He has come to be considered one of the greatest dramatists in the history of the American Theatre, and his plays continue to be produced worldwide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140481354
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (July 28, 1977)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0023EFB14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Arthur Miller's greatest plays July 15, 2001
A View From the Bridge is a compelling and exciting drama that delves into such issues as incest, manliness and justice. It's the story of Eddie, an illiterate longshoreman, and his anger towards his niece's affection for an illegal immigrant staying in his house. The complicated relationships between these and many other characters in the play makes A View From the Bridge a truly great piece of theatre. The play has the ingredients of a traditional Greek tragedy, complete with Alfieri, a narrator that fulfils the same purpose as Sophocles's chorus from his plays about Oedipus and Antigone. It's a really good read and unravels like a great page-turner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The over whelming relationship. May 27, 2000
The structure of the play is uncomplicatad. The play is in two acts but within the acts there are easily defined divisions which are controlled by Alfieri. Alfieri is essential to the structure of the play. He opens and closes the play. He is Arthur Miller's mouthpiece and he moves the action fluidly. Catherine is a young lady who, it seems, as a result of her mother's death is living with her aunt, Beatrice, and Beatice's husband, Eddie. Eddie and Catherine have developed a close family relationship. The credibility of the relationship throughout the play is inceasingly questionable. Eddie is fatherlike in Catherine's eyes. In the first conversation between them Catherine looks for Eddie's approval that she looks good.She behaves almost in a coquettish manner to Eddie BUT this is not calculated. She sees him as a loving father figure. Eddie's obsessive attention to her physical appearance is realized when he asks her to turn around so he can see in her back. His intensions here are questionable. Is he attracted or is just parental pride? Eddie realises this from the beginning. Perhaps he feels that for the responsility he has taken, to support Catherine, he deserves a reward. The reward he wants(Catherine) is too big, and which if he got would be unnatural and ridiculous. Beatrice notices the relationship but her unwillingness to speak out makes her part of the problem. Eddie uses an emotional approach which in sensitive to Catherine's emotions. He suggests that all he is doing is looking out for her interests. He uses her inexperience to denunciate her arguements. Catherine shows her interests in Rodolpho's physical appearance. Eddie subjugates her. His intensions to show power dominate his actions. Rodolpho speech is lively and descriptive if a little frivolous. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intense Question of the Bonds of Family April 24, 2005
Arthur Miller often allows the reader to have difficulty identifying with a character, while empathizing with several characters. This is the case in "A View from a Bridge." When the story ends in tragedy, it is no surprise that the reader is made to question some aspect of American society.

In this play, Eddie inherits the duty of raising his niece since the death of his sister. When cousins who are illegal immigrants come to stay with the family, it is a challenge to Eddie's role as father figure. The character and integrity of Rodolpho the younger immigrant is called in to question as he begins a relationship with Eddie's niece Catherine. Is he only marrying her to obtain American citizenship? Is he too much of a free spirit with his singing and dress-making skills? In Eddie's eyes, he certainly not the proper suiter he expected for Catherine. With a wedding on the horizon, Eddie takes his only real option to prevent the marriage. He calls immigration. The final confrontation between Rodolpho and Eddie ends in tragedy, but the character flaws in both men make it difficult to sympathize with either.

The story raises questions of the bonds of family as well as the changing conditions of immigration into America. The fact that the play makes the reader think about social conditions is a reflecion of the quality of the play. It is from the high standard readers hold an Arthur Miller play to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Tragedy October 20, 2003
By A Customer
I have loved A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE since the first time I read it, three years ago. It is a tautly written, exciting drama in which one can practically see the tragic end coming, "step by step, like a dark figure walking down a hall toward a certain door" (in the words of Alfieri, the lawyer in the play). But as well as the play "reads," it is absolutely ELECTRIFYING when seen on stage -- as I found out just yesterday, when I saw a production of it. The actor who played Eddie Carbone, the protagonist, made the character very sympathetic; as a result, the play's ending was truly tragic. Read A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, but also try to see a production of it, if you possibly can. I will admit, though, that it is not performed that often -- not nearly as often as it deserves to be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece July 6, 1999
By A Customer
Well, after the reading the above reviews I have to say that I was compelled to write a review since I think this exsquisite piece of literature is one of the most moving plays I have ever read. A tale of wrenching and impossible desire, it exposes the danger of the subconscious and within that is a true love story. Arthur Miller has once again brilliantly created a complex and emotionally torturted man in Eddie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic insight into italian-american culture October 23, 1999
By A Customer
A awe-inspiring view of Brooklyn in the 1950's. The storyline was very believable as it displayed the passion and anger of Sicilian society. Marco's honesty and physical strength against the insanity and perverted thoughts of Eddie towards Catherine, was the perfect ending to a intricate struggle of loyalty versus human integrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true self reflection of love, honesty
Reading Arthur Miller's short stories, for me, was always an event. One comes away after the experience wondering how a single individual can have the insight, sensitivity and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by C. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect in every way
Published 11 days ago by Gabriele Walk
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book!!! i got it for my literature class and i still have it because it really have great plays!
Published 1 month ago by Pretola
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play, printed on paper
A nice, no-frills version of a great play.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Play was terrible
Characters were underdeveloped and over all the play felt like it was rushed near the end leaving the reader or viewer of the play feeling like its missing something.
Published 4 months ago by Catherine
4.0 out of 5 stars it's good
It is good book all the time you do not want to stop to read. I recommend that all read this book
Published 7 months ago by Janet
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon guilty of false advertising
The review is given for Amazon's pathetic attempt to resolve a problem I have with this product. The Kindle version I downloaded is not the version advertised. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pepe Low
5.0 out of 5 stars easy
Super easy read. I read this book in a afternoon. I had to read for a school assignment and was surprised it was even interesting.
Published 9 months ago by K. Dumann
5.0 out of 5 stars A good play which became the libretto of an opera
I am playing this spring William Bolcom's opera "A View from the Bridge" and wanted to read the play before. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nadine Deleury
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
Great classic play. You can't go wrong with Arthur Miller. The writing can be a bit dated, but it's a classic that everyone should own.
Published 11 months ago by AllyJean
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