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Becket Paperback – September 1, 1995
"The Moonlit Garden" by Corina Bomann
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“Fascinating play… so much that is hopeful, stimulating, imaginatively gratifying.” –Walter Kerr
“A great play.” –Henry Hewes, Saturday Review
“Witty, original and impressive.” –The Wall Street Journal
“A great, exciting play.” Louis Sobol
“Brilliant, exciting and big.” –John Chapman, New York Daily News
“Stunning drama…” –John McClain
“Exciting, stimulating, full-blooded theatre.” –Robert Coleman
“A notable event in the theatre, powerful and distinguished.” –Richard Watts, New York Post
Original Language: French
Top Customer Reviews
Ignore the negative reviews here. I highly suggest you go see the play if you're lucky enough, or rent the movie with two superb performances from Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton.
One last note. While plays tend to suffer when just being read and not performed, "Becket" is a glad exception. It's superbly written and it goes by briskly.
When his best friend (who happens to be the King) asks him to assume the mantle of Archbishop Of Canterbury he literally begs him not to force the appointment upon the church, foreshadowing the truth Becket already knows deep within: That his honor will no longer be in conflict with his duty should he be appointed to lead the Church Of England (which at that time was still in communion with the Pope). Eventually Becket must chose between his role as Chancellor Of England and Archbishop Of Canterbury, opting for the latter. The choice between the two titles, in itself, was not hard. What was difficult was coming to the realization that he could not serve in both capacities.
Aside from missing the truth that Becket did not "change" in the story, but that he actually was freed to be what he always was (Becket himself actually points out in the story that the "change" is far too easy, almost enjoyable), it is my feeling that those who do not enjoy the book are also missing the entertainment value. Despite it's deadly poignant nature, the story does not take itself too seriously.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This version was absolutely hilarious. Could actually follow "Murder in the Cathedral" with this book.Published 13 months ago by Tfisher87
As with any piece of drama, I highly recommend that you get an audio or video presentation of the work, rather than reading the thing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ryan Mease
One of my all-time favorites! And the film brought it so vividly to life. R it for yourself and see eadPublished on December 20, 2013 by JOAN BAUER
This book is not very good. The plot is undeveloped and there are many scenes in the play that have no meaning at all. Read morePublished on March 31, 2005 by Ben Moss
There was something about this book that I just didn't like. Even though its a true story, it seemed a little exaggerated, especially in regard to the king.Published on December 10, 1999