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A Streetcar Named Desire

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The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play—reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), and Williams’ essay “The World I Live In.”

It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared—57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Will
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Paperback, 315 pages
Published August 13th 1986 by Signet (first published 1947)
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Hope Meikle Yes, but there are multiple reasons to her being taken away. It wasn't just victim blaming, she had been mentally unstable the entire show.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Define "real." ;) They all are, one way or another. Stella is a victim of her own unrealistic expectations, which she projects onto Stanley instead of…moreDefine "real." ;) They all are, one way or another. Stella is a victim of her own unrealistic expectations, which she projects onto Stanley instead of seeing who he is. (And we've all done that.) She is also a victim of Stanley's belittling, fits of rage, violence, and "he-man" user attitudes. Blanche is also a victim of her unrealistic expectations for life; like many alcoholic women I have known, she seems to be a lightening rod that attracts any problem or disaster in the vicinity; also she is victimised by Stanley because she happens to be there and is weak and he figures no one will believe her side of the story. And ol' Stan is a victim of his own ideas of what a "real man" should be.
And then there's the merry-go-round of the group dynamic. Strewth.(less)
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Brina
It is the steamy summer in New Orleans in the late 1940s. Old war buddies have gone to their weekly bowling league after work. Meanwhile, young brides pass the time in their two flat apartment while waiting for their husbands to return. It is amidst this backdrop that begins Tennessee Williams' classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which still stands the test of time today and became a classic film featuring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy. This steamy play ran the gamut of human emotions, and ...more
Lyn
Oct 24, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“He is of medium height, about five feet eight or nine, and strongly,compactly built. Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes. Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependency, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered malebird among hens. Branching out from this complete and satisfying center are all the auxiliary channels of his life, such as his heartiness with ...more
Carol
Feb 29, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the late 1940's and I could visualize the setting of the New Orleans French Quarter (love it) and hear the jazzy blues music playing thru the window as Tennessee Williams brings to life the characters of a very well-built Stanley, his better-half Stella, and her delusional, whiskey-drinking southern belle of a sister Blanche who is in town for an "extended" visit.

With two women and one hot-tempered, suspicious man in a dinky one bedroom flat, trouble starts brewing at the onset and never le

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Candi
Mar 23, 2016 Candi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-shelf, plays
4.5 stars

Tragic, raw, and suffused with striking imagery and symbolism, this play is a must-read and now one that I must also see. Williams does a tremendous job of evoking the atmosphere of New Orleans during the 1940's – the music, the heat, the people. The prose is lyrical and truly astonishing at times. I felt as if I were a participant in each and every scene.

"The sky that shows around the dim white building is a peculiarly tender blue, almost a turquoise, which invests the scene with a kin
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David
Nov 15, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
There's a sort of invisible thread from Madame Bovary to A Streetcar Named Desire, which in its route gets tied up in a hot whorehouse and wraps vainly around the cosmetics section of a pharmacy in the Southern United States before knotting at its terminus in New Orleans. I find it almost criminal how often people mistake Blanche duBois' whimsy for female frailty, for I think she is an almost unnaturally strong character; far, far moreso than her timid sister Stella. Perhaps it is because her fo ...more
Ana
May 22, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
'Stella!!!' lol I'm finally reading this gorgeous book.

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4 Stars

What a deliciously depressive way to commence my 2016 reading year! After hearing and reading about A Streetcar Named Desire (*glares at Losing It*, seriously authors please stop putting massive spoilers for classic works in your books. PLEASE?! I didn’t get spoiled mind because I already knew, but still!)for many a year I have finally sat down and read it. And what I have to say is this: what the
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Bookworm Sean
Mental degeneration is a gradual process; it is something that happens slowly over a substantial period of time. With this play it was like a smack in the mouth; it came suddenly and without any form of real warning.

Blanche is clearly delusional. She has convinced herself of a life that doesn’t really exist. This is like her body armour, a shell she uses to protect herself. She pretends to be a member of a higher class in which her life is perfectly fine, but it’s not. Nobody else is aware of t
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Brian Yahn
Tennessee Williams writes some brilliant dialogue and distributes it perfectly across an explosive cast of characters. All of it makes for some crazy intense scenes.

So while it's natural to imagine this would be an awesome play (which I can't wait to see some day), the experience of reading it isn't, or at least for me it wasn't. Seems like this was clearly written to be performed not read, like most plays are...
Sketchbook
Jul 23, 2013 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You are an ordinary guy and your wife's sister comes to stay with you," began Mary McCarthy in the Partisan Review. "Whenever you want to go to the toilet, there she is in the bathroom, primping or having a bath. My God, you yell, can't a man pee in his own house?" This variation on the mother-in-law joke, which stunned Broadway in 1947 with the heroine's rape, swiftly became an American classic with such lines for the sex act as "getting those colored lights going."

On arrival Blanche, played b
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Afshar
Apr 11, 2015 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بلانش: چطور تونستی دیشب برگردی اینجا؟ چرا بایس باهاش خوابیده باشی؟
استلا:اما بالاخره یک چیزهائی هست که در تاریکی بین زن و مرد اتفاق می افته ،بطوری که هرچیز دیگه رو بی اهمیت میکنه
بلانش:این که داری میگی هوس وحشی و پستی است.فقط هوس؛
اسم همون اتوبوس پر سروصدائی که مرتبا از این خیابون به اون خیابون میره

بعضی کتابها شاهکارند
چون با تمام کردن و بستن کتاب ،هنوز در ذهنت ورق میخورند
نه اینکه کتاب به سبک سیال ذهن و غیر خطی باشد بلکه در طول کتاب، افکارت دائما در حال تغییر بوده اند
بعد خواندن نمایشنامه، فیلمش را
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Sue
Such a powerful drama! Williams presents his word-portraits so amazingly. As I noted when I read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he also is a master of stage direction. When reading this play, it's possible to "see" the surroundings, hear the music and voices on the street.

Stanley, Stella and Blanche come alive on the pages as Blanche drops in at her sister's home creating a simmering stew of growing emotion. The heat of a Southern summer is reflected by all that happens in the two bedroom apartment as s
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Becky
Aug 13, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becky by: Leslie
Shelves: reviewed, 2008
I enjoyed the story... It really drew me in, which is saying something considering that I picked it to read on commercial breaks during the Olympics... and I ended up reading instead of watching.

I liked this play because the characters seemed like real, flawed people. Granted, Blanche was a little over-the-top sometimes, but I imagine all southern-belle types are a little over-the-top from time to time.

Blanche was an easily identifiable character... someone who deeply regrets a thoughtless act
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Connie
I was even more impressed with A Streetcar Named Desire when I revisited it recently after first reading it about ten years ago. It has a wonderful combination of lyrical language and interesting characters.

Blanche DuBois comes to stay at the home of her sister Stella, and her husband Stanley Kowalski in a poor area of New Orleans. Blanche has lost both her job and the family home of Belle Reve. There is a family curse where "our improvident grandfathers and father and uncles and brothers exchan
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Κλασικό, από τα καλύτερα θεατρικά. Ο Williams θίγει πολλά κοινωνικά θέματα, προκαλώντας τρομερή εντύπωση στην Αμερική της δεκαετίας '50. Η βία εντός οικογένειας, το πρότυπο του ισχυρού άνδρα, η ταξική προέλευση κτλ είναι μερικά από αυτά.

Υπάρχει και μεταφορά στον κινηματογράφο με πρωταγωνιστή τον Marlon Brando. Σίγουρα θα έχει ενδιαφέρον
Joudy
Jan 04, 2017 Joudy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe we are a long way from being made in God`s image.but Stella -my sister- there has been some progress since then! Such things as art -as poetry and music- such kinds of new light have come in to the world since then ! In some kinds of people some tenderer feelings have had some little beginning ! that we have got to make grow ! And cling to, and hold as our flag ! In this dark march toward whatever it is we`re approaching....Don`t.don`t hang back with the brutes

Blanche Dubois is a woman in
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Alex
I had some idea, from the hokey friendliness of the name "Tennessee Williams," and the cute titles of his plays - "Streetcar Named Desire"! "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!" - they sound like musicals - I had an idea that these would be friendly. Pop culture. In the great telephone game of pop culture, what I ended up hearing was Marlon Brando yelling "STELLA!", which sounded pretty goofy to me.

That was the wrong impression. This play is dark.

I love the mix of realism and poetry here. Stanley is almost
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Selena
Jan 10, 2008 Selena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays-modern
Not a fan, though, I should preface that by saying that I'm not really a fan of Tenessee Williams in general (what kind of name is that anyway? Who names their kid after a state?). I don't share his fascination with abusive relationships, nor do I find the tragic romance in them that he does (call me a prude, but I am offended at the idea that anyone could find redeeming romantic qualities in an abusive relationship, especially a male writer).

I find nothing redeeming in the character of Stanley,
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Alissa (In Wonderland)✨
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A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
عنوان: اتوبوسی به نام هوس؛ نویسنده: تنسی ویلیامز؛ مترجم: مرجان بخت مینو؛ تهران، مینو، 1381؛ در 159 ص؛ شابک: 9649056386؛
از این کتاب الیا کازان فیلمی با بازی ویوین لی و مارلون براندو ساخته است که در سال 1951 به نمایش درآمده
بلانش دی بویس (ویوین لی) دردسرهایی داشته، او پس از اخراج از مدرسه ای که در آن تدریس میکرده، برای دیدار خواهرش استلا (کیم هانتر) و شوهر خواهرش استنلی کووالسکی (مارلون براندو) میرود. استنلی که یک قمارباز است و از بدو ورود بلانش سر ناسا
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Sara
Aug 10, 2007 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
This play offers such humanity and vulnerability in all of his characters. There is the faint echo of the deep south, the strained and potent relationship between Blanche and Stanley, her brother in law, the tension between the expecting Stella and her husband due to her sister's presence and Blanche's haunting vulnerability and madness creating a powerful vacuum that really sucked me in and held me there. I would hate for this wonderfully crafted play to just become an "masterpiece"; forgotten ...more
Franky
Mar 26, 2016 Franky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, classics
There’s a strong drive and passion in many of the characters in A Streetcar Named Desire. A definite rawness in emotion and complexity is within many of the scenes and situations.

I had read A Streetcar Named Desire once before, but never really caught on at how so much is working underneath the surface of the dialogue. In many estimations, Blanche is a character deeply rooted in pathos and tragedy. Her vision of what the world should be, as opposed to what it truly is, is at the center of her u
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Jody
Apr 17, 2009 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Tennessee Williams and this is why. I had never read a play with such passion and lyricism (except for Shakespeare). I had read Death of a Salesman (of course, fantastic, but dry, like a worn book), Our Town (I wanted to fall out of my desk from sheer boredom), and Desire Under the Elms (I wanted to hang myself from the ridiculousness of this horrible play. Even seeing gorgeous Sophia Loren could not pull my opinion out of the mud) and they did nothing for my bad sixteen year old self. Th ...more
Julie
May 25, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not that my opinion even matters at this point, but like, incredible.

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Miss Ravi
ماجرا برایم جذابیت نداشت به ویژه که احساس میکردم مشابهاش را دیده/ خواندهام. مشکلم شاید این بود که هیچ شخصیتی برایم جذاب نیامد و احساس خاصی در من ایجاد نکرد. هرچند که اولش کلی انتظار و توقع ازش داشتم. ...more
Lydia
Mar 19, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“But some things are not forgivable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. It is the most unforgivable thing in my opinion, and it is the one thing of which I have never, never been guilty.”

*4.5 stars

You are probably familiar with the story, since most people have heard of the iconic Marlon Brando movie, A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche is the tragic symbol of a world falling apart. Coming from a wealthy and aristocratic background which inculcated her with the notion that one should always
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Cathy DuPont
Oct 05, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tennessee Williams captures the very basic of human emotions. Perhaps trite comment but true.

I put off reading this play far too long although I did see the 1951 movie with Marlon Brando, Vivian Leigh and Kim Hunter. And no, I didn't see it when it came out.

The movie was excellent but as we know, being reading and book fanatics, the book always seems to be better. Pictured Marlon Brando throughout the entire read, of course. Perfect casting for all.

Tennessee Williams at his very best, raw emo
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Michelle
First play that I've read in its entirety and I really liked it. In the beginning I needed to get used to the fact that it was a play, but I liked the change. Even though that this was mandatory reading, it did not feel like that. I really wanted to keep on reading because I liked the story and not because I had to. I got through it without any effort and I look forward to reading other works of his, The Glass Menagerie especially.
Mya
Mar 08, 2016 Mya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classical all on its own
David Sarkies
Dec 26, 2011 David Sarkies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody really
Recommended to David by: My English Teacher
Shelves: modernist
Ripping apart the veil of American society
2 December 2014

My previous review of this play (which for some reason I have decided to keep) was probably a little to harsh, particularly since I wrote it from memory as opposed to writing it with the play fresh in my mind. Having now finished reading this play for a third time I have been forced to lower its rating even further. Personally, despite wanting to, I cannot feel that I can give it any more that I have given it because I find this play to b
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Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...more
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“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.” 2437 likes
“I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that's sinful, then let me be damned for it!” 614 likes
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