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The Night of the Iguana (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – October 30, 2009
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About the Author
Doug Wright is the author of I Am My Own Wife, which won the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for best play of 2004, and the Obie Award-winning play Quills.
Top Customer Reviews
A lengthy play in three acts, "The Night of the Iguana" requires slow, careful reading. The action is less overt and violent than in much of Williams. The play is set in the summer of 1940 in what Williams describes as "a rather rustic and very Bohemian hotel, the Sosta Verde, which, as its name implies, sits on a jungle-covered hilltop overlooking the 'caleta,' or 'morning beach' of Puerto Barrio in Mexico". World War II hangs over the play. The guests at the hotel include a family of Germans on vacation. The head of the household is the president of a firm that manufactures tanks. The family is unabashedly Nazi and follow the progress while on their holiday of the Battle of Britain. They offer largely comic interludes to the internal, private drama of the play.
Williams wrote that the theme of this play is "how to live beyond despair and still live." In Shannon, Hannah Jelkes, and Mrs Faulke as well the play shows tormented lonely people "at the end of their rope" who strive to make a human connection and to find meaning in their lives. The iguana in the title of the play shares the condition of the characters.Read more ›
I am going to have to order from somewhere else for the future actors.
Into the hidden Mexican hotel run by the America ex-pat Maxine comes Shannon, again to reconcile his life, where he meets the vagabond painter Hannah and her 97-years-young poet grandfather.
Shannon has been leading tours throughout the world over the years since his explosion at the pulpit propelled him out of the church's favor, and now he has abandoned a busload of Texas women who are fed up with his philandering and his off-the-beaten-path tactics.
All of the drama and trauma of classic Tennessee Williams is here. The tortured Reverend, at odds with God in such a cruel world. A man whose sexuality has been more detrimental than pleasurable. As well, there is Maxine, a middle aged widower, stuck or something like it in Mexico, running a cheap, rough and tumble hotel, far away from the nonsense of cities and America. Then, the spirited Hannah, who takes to Shannon as he to her, in a feeling out of hard hearts, and lonelinesses.
Better than most of his plays, The Night of the Iguana succeeds in it's treatment of lost souls, and the meeting of two people destined for loneliness and disappointment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was expecting more, such a famous author. It was interesting though, but not brilliant like Tsehov or W Somerset Maugham, Strindberg or Wilde.Published 18 months ago by Risto Tuominen
I read this because it a classic. It's evident to me why it is a classic. After having seen the movie a few decades ago, it was impossible to be surprised or to see "anything... Read morePublished on August 21, 2014 by Kmitch
This play about an alchoholic tour guide is probably not quite as good as the best of Tenessee Williams (Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, etc. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Steven R. Severance
Why do I keep seeing Richard Burton and Ava Gardner when I read this play? A defrocked minister, need I say more?Published on August 25, 2013 by J. Jaffa
This book arrived in good time, in great condition, however, it was supposed to be from a certain publisher that offered the play as a short story as well, within the book. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by J. Masterson
As the title of my review proclaims, I don't have much to say about "The Night of the Iguana." The setting and the characterization are compelling, but the story itself never... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Courtney Cantrell