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Brighton Beach Memoirs Paperback – November 1, 1995

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"Humorous and poignant—something to celebrate! Neil Simon's love letter to his past. … Brighton Beach Memoirs belongs to the family genre where the passwords are forgive and remember."
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"Neil Simon's richest play."
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In Neil Simon's darkly funny memoir of his family in 1930's Brooklyn, fourteen-year-old Eugene is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin, Nora. Eugene's comic growing pains contrast with the darker issues troubling his family: poverty, illness and the growing Nazi threat to relatives in Europe. Simon creates a Brooklyn universe full of memorable characters, humor and truth. A BBC co-production. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452275288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452275287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am a lazy high school kid who reads as little as possible, and I read this play three times- taking away something new everytime. I must admit that I first saw it as the movie with Jonathon Silverman, but I had to read the script to get the full effect. I try to watch it with my friends, but none of them seem to have the attention span to watch something that didn't cost billions of dollars for a sinking ship (not to belittle "Titanic's" success, but it appeals to the people who are seeking easy entertainment that jumps up and bites you in the a$$). The way I started researching Neil Simon was through a school assignment- I won't lie. My research paper had to be on an American author that no one else was doing. I couldn't think of anyone to do after all my first choices were taken, so I started asking my teacher if I could do a songwriter. That would be too easy. I was planning on listening to John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen, who wrote my favorite song, "Blinded By the Light". Needless to say, my teacher vetoed these requests, so I asked her for some suggestions. She rattled off about a million names that I had never heard of. Then she said "Neil Simon" and it sounded familiar. I inquired more about him and she told me he was a playwrite. Later that night, I asked my dad if he had heard of this guy. He told me that he had, and that I had, too. He reminded me that we had "Brighton Beach Memoirs" on tape, and I immediately decided that I would do my paper on him. Many peoplewonder why a "gentile, athletic, boy from the midwest" would want to research him. Some of these same people dismiss the scene in which Eugene and Stanley discuss masturbation as a cheap laugh gauranteed by uncomfortability.Read more ›
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"Brighton Beach Memoirs" was recommended to me by a teacher who was well aware of my reputation as a theater geek. I wasn't familiar with the work of Neil Simon, but after reading this play I am anxious to get my hands on more of his stuff. This play is simply brilliant - I often found myself lost in 1930's Brooklyn. Simon has created easily relatable characters, and his greatest triumph in character development is with that of Eugene Jerome, the protagonist on the brink of manhood. The play does it all - make you laugh, cry, think. It's one that is not to be missed.
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A Kid's Review on June 7, 2003
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Brighton Beach Memoirs is a play about a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in 1937. The boy's name is Eugene Jerome. The play is divided into two acts. The first act is one night in Eugene's house. The second act is a week later in his house. Eugene is growing up in a hectic and eventful household of seven family members. He writes memoirs in his journal about his family and different events occurring in his life. During the play, Eugene share's his own personal thoughts with the audience. This really gives the audience an inside look on Eugene's life. I reall liked having this inside view. It really kept me into the book. Brighton Beach Memoirs was a real page turner. I highly recommend it!
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Set in the late 1930's. An aunt and two cousins have moved into the Brighton Beach NY home of Eugene and his family. With 4 teenagers in the house - aged 13 - 18, there is sure to be "drama". From coming-of-age issues to the lessons of patience, priorities and integrity these family members struggle with jobs, love and the alternating desire to strangle and hug the family members that live on top of each other. As one would expect from a Neil Simon play from this season of the playwrites career, this show is warm and funny with poignient and touching moments.
This is a unit set that requires livingroom, dining room, 2 bedrooms, backyard and front yard. There need to be doors to the kitchen and bathroom where people enter and exit as well as the hint that there are additional bedrooms.
I highly recommend this play.
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Plays are meant to be seen, but they can be enjoyed as a reading experience as well. This simple little story about a family surviving the Great Depression with humor is heartwarming and true. Emphasis is on the comedy of the central character's coming of age story and how he relates to his family members, but within that are the monumental life dilemmas of the father and mother worrying about how to make ends meet, feed the family, and proceed through life as happily as possible when the world seems to be on the brink of collapse. This has become one of my favorite plays.
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By Sri Ahimsa on April 4, 2014
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I liked the printed copy. It was easy to read and seem complete.

I found it difficult, at times, to follow along wiith Eugene's teenage existential anguish. Eugene finally got what he needed, older.
I generally avoid plays but I was happy I did read this,
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Yes, I know that Broadway Bound and Lost in Yonkers are a bit more sophisticated but I find the characters, humor, and issues addressed more, well, entertaining. I know the play has been done to death but I believe it deserves to be. When I played the father in this for a community theatre, it was a huge hit, even though the community had very few Jewish attendees.
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