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The Quare Fellow

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hardcover, 86 pages
Published 1956 (first published 1954)
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Cecilia
Feb 03, 2008 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
What I've learned from the book so far about Irish Prison Slang:
- Quare - strange or remarkable, also seems ot have somethign to do with being a lifer
- Mot - Woman (I think hot and young)
- Squealer - Baby
- Screw - Prison Guard
- Dog End - Cigarette Butt

Well, this play takes place the day before and the morning of a hanging at an Irish Prison. I believe the moral of this play is hanging is a terrible way to die and the state killing people is awful and that compared to those things, Irish pri
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Daniel
Apr 23, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it
Writer's Block. A visual:

[Scene 1]
Among the rhododendrons, walking with artificial stride in memory of Hamlet, I, the lover of all honest science, inwardly hark back to a time when the prayers and the bells made complete sense.

[Scene 2]
Marshall D., the resident troll, somewhat understated in role, opines the following: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

[Scene 3]
Still amongst rhododendrons, now inwardly viewing benediction with an innocent child's conviction, I intone: A burnt child loves
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Daisy Leather
Apr 18, 2013 Daisy Leather rated it really liked it
Shelves: university
I must say, I think I preferred this to Waiting for Godot - which I surprisingly enjoyed quite a bit. Not entirely sure I grasped the entire meaning of the play or anything though, so now I'm entering into the world of speculation and google!
Heather
Dec 07, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Brendan Behan's most popular play is evocative from start to finish. The musical quality of life in the gaol adds to the sensitivity of the whole treatment. Top class.
Finbarr
Jun 26, 2016 Finbarr rated it really liked it
The language in this play is a joy. The characters use singsong colloquialisms, many of which I've not heard for many years. A beautiful read.
Stephen
Mar 31, 2014 Stephen rated it liked it
Set mostly inside (and near?) Mountjoy Prison, across from the Mater Hospital, Dublin, near the North Circular Road.
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Brendan Francis Behan (Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin) (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.

Behan was born in the inner city of Dublin on 9 February 1923 into an educated working class family. He lived in a house on Russell Stree
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