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The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea (Dover Thrift Editions)

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ISBN-13: 978-0486275628
ISBN-10: 0486275620
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 12, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486275620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486275628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
First off, I write in favor of the works of Synge; yet, I find it unfortunate that Amazon is not offering a better version than the Dover Thrift. Synge's symbolism will pull you in and embrace you and warm out to his style. John Millington Synge was a lover of words and dialect, he even says that he only used words that he heard being used in Ireland. Both of these plays are well written and full of symbolism. For the serious love of Irish Literature or drama, J.M. Synge is a must. Read on...
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "umd_cyberpunk" on August 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
It is undeniable that J.M. Synge was a very important Irish playwright of the early 20th century. These plays, especially, "Playboy of the Western World," are pivotal to Irish literature, and now, Irish culture. Any serious student of British drama, or actor should read both of these plays.
On the other hand, it may not be an ideal idea for someone that does not fall into one of those two catagories. The dialectic style is very thick, and at times difficult to understand. "Playboy," an important (and early) Irish peasant drama is beautifully writen, but for a casual reader it would probably come off as a slow read that is not all that entertaining.
Important work from cultural and recent historical perspectives, but these plays are very dated and, as I mentioned, not the most entertaining read.
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One of the most beautiful writers of Irish literature is John Millington Synge, and "Playboy of the Western World" is probably his masterpiece. No other captures the lilt and longing in the Irish voice, the complicated contradiction of the conflicted Irish spirit. "Playboy" is the oxymoronic poster child of Irish tragicomedy.
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I've read Playboy, not Riders:

In Ireland, a young man is on the run for killing his father, and he receives a grand reception in a small town on the west coast; he will become the playboy of the western world, a true cavalier in the old sense of the word, and he will bring the world to its knees, if it so lets him play it.
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