64th out of 168 books — 334 voters
The Playboy of the Western World and Other Plays
This volume from one of Ireland's greatest playwrights includes "In the Shadow of the Glen," "Riders to the Sea," and "The Playboy of the Western World."
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Signet Classics
(first published January 1st 1989)
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J.M. Synge is sweet! Riders to the Sea is simple, reminds me a lot of Yeats' symbolist plays. In the Shadow of the Glen is good, too, but I won't spoil it by saying anything. But, then the The Playboy of the Western World is awesome--totally Freudian and weird.
I don't enjoy reading plays, which is likely the reason why I rated this as only a 2-star book. Reading preferences aside, the plays are entertaining. If read this in a class setting -- as I did -- there's a lot of wonderful material here to analyze and discuss.
Edmund John Millington Synge (pronounced /sɪŋ/) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore. He was one of the cofounders of the Abbey Theatre. He is best known for the play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots during its opening run at the Abbey theatre. Synge wrote many well known plays, including "Riders to the Sea", which is often considered to be his...moreMore about J.M. Synge...