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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (November 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057366286X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573662867
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Math Teach on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I originally saw the Farnsworth Invention in its premiere in La Jolla in 2007, and bought this text to read it again. It's a great play, although Sorkin does indeed take a lot of liberties with the historical facts. (For that reason, I give it 4 stars and not 5 stars.) I won't get into the details for people who don't want the plot to be spoiled, but you can definitely find the facts on the internet. Lastly, instead of paying $30 to resellers, you should just to go the publisher (Samuel French), where you can buy it for the normal price of $7.50, which is what I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jcoletta on March 20, 2013
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There were a few mis-steps (despite the opening monologue, comic books did not exist in the 1920's) and Sorkin seems very bitter about the atmosphere of the television industry. But the history that is told within this play, the characters and that amazing dialogue of his makes this an excellent read and I am sure an amazing show to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Elmore on August 18, 2013
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I'm a big Sorkin fan and enjoyed this, I would like to see it performed live or even a tape of the Broadway show but seeing as I might not get that chance I bought the script instead. It is not totally accurate to the exact facts of how these events were in real life but I do think it is more accurate than many give it credit for, such as one reviewer on here said that there weren't comic books in the 1920s but there were. While comics in the 1920s weren't like the comics of today, from what I've seen, they were more like collections of comic strips but they were around and the oldest widely published one that I know of "The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck" was published in the late 1800s.

Overall though I would say this is sort of average Sorkin and missing something that his better work has, that could be due to the fact that this was suppose to be a movie that fell through for some reason and then adapted to the stage I don't know. I kind think it would have been interesting if they had published the film script and stage script together, but I suppose part of the purpose of the play might have been to generate a renewed interest in the film project.

Overall I would recommend this to big Sorkin fans or fans of historical dramas but if your like a lot of people I talk to and have a love/hate thing with Sorkin you might want to pass.
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