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The Playboy of the Western World and Other Plays

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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 1907)
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Jean Carlton
Jun 10, 2014 Jean Carlton rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book, ireland
This enjoyable detour in my reading resulted from references in Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor about the famous 1907 play by. J.M. Synge. Dubbed a 'comic masterpiece' it tells the story of a man that becomes a town hero - much sought after by all the young women - after boasting that he murdered his father! Riots greeted the first performance perhaps proving that all publicity is good publicity.
I listened to the radio broadcast version by L.A Theatre Works via audiobooks (Overdirve)from my count
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I read "Playboy of the Western World" a fun lively play about getting out from under parents strings and winning glory sufficient to be worthy of marriage.
Dec 10, 2012 StrangeBedfellows rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 06, 2007 James rated it liked it
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"...And I run up with a pat of butter, for it'd be a poor thing to have you eating your spuds dry, and you after running a great way since you did destroy your da"

-Susan Brady to Christopher 'Christy' Mahon, Playboy of the Western World
Caren Nicholas
Oct 14, 2010 Caren Nicholas rated it liked it
You've got to love the Irish when you read "Playboy" I especially liked that it was set in Couty Mayo where my dad's family comes from. We're an interesting race!
Bernard Norcott-mahany
Maybe in reading this again this weekend I'll revise this view, but I didn't see much of the comedy here.
Sep 08, 2008 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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pretty entertaining until the end. .. HATED the ending. . .
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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 ...more
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