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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, 192 pages
Published September 17th 2004 by New Directions (first published 1947)
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Lyn
Jul 17, 2016 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
Mar 01, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 04, 2016 Candi rated it really liked it
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
Aug 12, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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 {The Good Gif Fairy}
Jul 27, 2016 Ana {The Good Gif Fairy} rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
'Stella!!!' lol I'm finally reading this gorgeous book.

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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...
Bookworm Sean
Mar 09, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, 3-star-reads
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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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
PopSugar Challenge 2015 SPILLOVER (because I am a challenge failure, oops.)

Category: A Play



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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Afshar
Apr 23, 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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Sketchbook
Dec 05, 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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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Feb 28, 2016 Nikos Tsentemeidis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
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
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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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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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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Ahmad Sharabiani
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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Selena
Apr 01, 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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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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Jody
Jun 02, 2010 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
Sookie
Apr 17, 2016 Sookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, 2016
We gravitate towards stories that resonate a deeper(darker) part of us that we cleverly hide and sculpt a persona, a subterfuge that is constantly evolving. When three people intimately related and weary of one another on some level are stuffed in a dingy apartment, the frail and jagged edges of neatly plastered persona begins to crack.

Blanche tries to leave behind the life she has found herself in and clings to the life she once enjoyed. Stella, her younger sister has married a man for love. St
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Franky
May 30, 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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Maria
Apr 09, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Tennessee Williams' classic play is beautifully written. I knew the overall story as I had watched the 1951 film. It didn't spoil the play for me at all. Enough time had passed that I forgot a lot of key elements. Back to Williams' play, I simply loved it. It's easy to see how it won a Pulitzer. I'm very happy to have read it.

I actually read the introduction to this book, which is written by Arthur Miller. I tend to skip them a lot if not written by the author or if I'm not interested in the co
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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
Lydia
Apr 26, 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 alway
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David Sarkies
Jan 26, 2016 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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Ravi Gangwani
Feb 22, 2016 Ravi Gangwani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some stories are just made to pinch its reader in the heart. The ending was simply, heart breaking.

“Physical beauty is passing - a transitory possession - but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart - I have all these things - aren't taken away but grow! Increase with the years!”

“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.”
? Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

The Story was sim
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Ana Maria Rînceanu
Jun 04, 2016 Ana Maria Rînceanu rated it really liked it
"They told me to take a street-car named Desire,
and then transfer to one called Cemeteries
and ride six blocks and get off at-Elysian Fields!"


Well, with this kind of a beginning reeking of Greek tragedy, what can go wrong ?!
Chloé
Apr 20, 2016 Chloé rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Streetcar Named Desire remains one of my all time favorite books. Absolument magnifique.
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
oh man, it hurts. it does. but i won't cry because i'm not given to those kind of things. even though it is eight thirty in the morning, and i basically read this book at the ass-crack of dawn and now have a fucking entire day to get through. how will i ever manage it? with chutney of course. and maybe the history boys, if i can manage it. ohohoh...

this book basically showcases the myriad range of problems that were, are, will be in the foreseeable future deemed way-of-life but are so entirely,
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Ghada
First of all,

This book would never be one of the books that I would've chosen for myself. I read this book for my
AS exam. I actually loved it but I hated some characters in it.


After studying this book, I got to love it and appreciate it more.

Tennessee didn't only talk about random characters .. He talked about different classes, old money, working class and peoples point of you of them all.


Let me say I am a sucker for Happy ending .. and really hated the ending with all my heart. It left me hear
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Vanessa
Sep 19, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I can't believe it's taken me this long to get round to reading this.
At the moment I seem to be going through my work's book cupboard, snapping up as much as possible. I view teaching drama texts as a weak point of mine, as I have not read many plays, so this is my third play of the school year, and I have to say this has been my favourite so far.
The characters were so vivid and real that they were practically jumping out the page at me. Every character I felt was flawed in some way, yet it didn
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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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