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The Teahouse of the August Moon. Paperback – January, 1998

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; Revised edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822211149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822211143
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aya on June 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
It is a play adapted from the novel with the same title. It is witty and easy to read. The characters are hilarious and fun. After World War II Okinawa in Japan was occupied by U.S. Forces. This play is about how the American forces tried to turn the "savage" and "uncivilized" Japanese citizens into "intelligent" and "civilized" people. An under experienced officer is sent to a small village to authorize the building of a school and the forming of a democratic society in the village. Instead of changing the villagers he is changed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Based on the 1951 novel by Vern Sneider, the 1953 play THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON by John Patrick was an extremely successful Broadway ticket, running a thousand performances over three years and winning three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play is still amusing--but time has not been entirely kind, and in more recent years it has been accused of racial stereotyping and insensitivity.

The play concerns army Capt. Fisby, a ne'er-do-well who is posted to Okinawa after World War II and assigned to teach American values to the small village of Tobeki. Among his projects are the building of a school (pentagon shaped, of course), the creation of a Ladies Democratic League, and through such venues teaching the people about capitalism. Unfortunately, Fisby soon finds himself awash in a series of misunderstandings and manipulations, many of them courtesy of the play's narrator Sakini, who looks upon the Americans as just one more name in a long line of invaders to be ignored as much as possible. It happens that Fisby receives a Geisha as a gift: Lotus Blossom, a beauty who seduces him into going native but who sows dischord among the villagers. In order to placate them, Fisby postpones building the school and uses the supplies to build a teahouse instead, where Lotus Blossom can both teach the art of a Geisha to the local women and entertain male clients as well. But the villagers realize they must sell a product to have money to spend at the tea house--and so, after a series of mis-steps, take up the manufacture of brandy, something that eventually brings the wrath of army brass down upon Fisby and the village as a whole. Needless to say, the villagers outsmart both Fisby and his commanders in an amusing sort of way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

This is the 1951 book that was the basis of the October 15, 1953 play that was the basis of the 1956 movie.

The play Opening Night Cast:

John Forsythe ... Capt. Fisby
David Wayne ... Sakini
Paul Ford Col. ... Wainright Purdy III
Larry Gates Capt ... McLean
William Hansen ... Mr. Oshira
Mariko Niki ... Lotus Blossom

The movie cast:

Glenn Ford ... Capt. Fisby
Marlon Brando ... Sakini
Paul Ford ... Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Eddie Albert ... Capt. McLean
Machiko Kyô ... Lotus Blossom (as Machiko Kyo)
Jun Negami ... Mr. Seiko
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Miss Higa Jiga
Mitsuko Sawamura ... Little Girl
Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Gregovich

Each version has its advantage. As in most cases the book is best as each page reeks with puns and satire.

The Second World War has ended but the battle has just begun for a better built world. On the island of Okinawa colonel Purdy is using a subsection of plan B to rebuild villages based on colonial buildings and "Democracy in the home through the women." In the process Colonel Purdy plans for a silver star. Others have plans of their own.

"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

This is the 1951 book that was the basis of the October 15, 1953 play that was the basis of the 1956 movie.

The play Opening Night Cast:

John Forsythe ... Capt. Fisby
David Wayne ... Sakini
Paul Ford Col. ... Wainright Purdy III
Larry Gates Capt ... McLean
William Hansen ... Mr. Oshira
Mariko Niki ... Lotus Blossom

The movie cast:

Glenn Ford ... Capt. Fisby
Marlon Brando ... Sakini
Paul Ford ... Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Eddie Albert ... Capt. McLean
Machiko Kyô ... Lotus Blossom (as Machiko Kyo)
Jun Negami ... Mr. Seiko
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Miss Higa Jiga
Mitsuko Sawamura ... Little Girl
Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Gregovich

Each version has its advantage. As in most cases the book is best as each page reeks with puns and satire.

The Second World War has ended but the battle has just begun for a better built world. On the island of Okinawa colonel Purdy is using a subsection of plan B to rebuild villages based on colonial buildings and "Democracy in the home through the women." In the process Colonel Purdy plans for a silver star. Others have plans of their own.

"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry"
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Leo R. Scheibelhut on July 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is both a wonderfully funny story of the post World War II Occupation of Okinawa and its redevelopment and a handbook for sustainable development. This book, together with The Ugly American, should be required reading for everyone working in development
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