The birthday party by harold pinter

I kind of liked it, and I kind of didn't, and I can't explain why. If you're a literature student, you've read the play and hated it, go sell your degree. In the setting of a rundown seaside boarding house, a little birthday party is turned into a nightmare on the unexpected arrival of two sinister strangers. Apr 14, Hagar rated it really liked it.

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Apr 13, Sarah rated it really liked it. The story takes places in a run down boardinghouse. At least, he is hiding away from something. As quoted by Arnold P. Loading comments… Trouble loading? But that's the whole point anyway!

The result in strangely unnerving, the characters often seemingly indulging in self conscious routines. He can be involved in dual relationship of being a lover and a surrogate son. Please fill out this field with valid email address.

Pinter is one yhe those writers who I feel would be birhtday at funerals. Whatever those things may have been, Lulu sees that there is a dark side to the man and she splits on the double. Dec 12, Sohaib rated it really liked it Shelves: Vaughan-Lawlor prowls the room like a panther poised to pounce, while Mangan fires his quickfire questions like a cardsharp shuffling at speed: Thematically ambiguous, they raise complex issues of individual identity oppressed by social forces, language, and vicissitudes of memory.

He seems to idolise his Uncle Barney as he mentions him many times during the play. He talks and I feel sick when Stanley feels sick. In that perspective, then it makes sense, but the play becomes pointless.

Maybe this is what happens to you when you don't do anything. He goes around the table in Meg's persistent and insistent kitchen. One day two men turn up at the house and brutally interrogate Stanley until he is reduced to a child-like vegetative state.

This play is brilliant.

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

Petey is out working or something and it's just the three lodgers, Meg, and her neighbor friend, Lulu, who was kind enough to pick up the gift that Meg presented Stanley earlier a small child's drum at Stan's party. At first it makes sense. Harold Pinter is a magician with dialogue and the whole dramatic pacing, it doesn't get boring at all! Jan 03, Lostaccount rated it it was ok. The setting evokes " Basingstoke and Maidenheadsouthern towns I seem to connect you with the High Street.

I feel a lot of pathos for Stanley, who has his comfortably peaceful although mundane life disturbed by two strangers who really put the 'strange' in 'strangers'! And that's why I love it. They begin to lead him out of the house toward the car waiting to take him to Monty. It could just as well stand still as the average play, if you decided to stick to the ironically-rational idea of every character being slightly mental.

The Birthday Party

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Faber and Faber, Even as he goes to town on his target, you see him clock that he could easily be next.

It's a furious build up, helpless and sad.

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