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Summer Of The Aliens

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Louis Nowra is a well-known Australian playwright. He has also written fim scripts and for television.
Paperback, 84 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Currency Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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Sep 14, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok
I did not like it on the bus, I did not like it in my house. I did not like it here or there, I did not like it anywhere...

Basically this was a play that covered a lot of issues but didn't appeal to me. And the only reason I read it was because it was on my reading list. There were a lot of things with this that turned me off. The very flippant use of coarse language (I don't agree with those strong words being weakly tossed around); the attitudes expressed toward sex; and the characters in gene
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May 14, 2011 Tom Bensley rated it it was amazing
I'm not much of a play reader and I never have been. Studying Shakespeare and Sophocles in High School was always bothersome to me. I liked the plays, but I could never quite grasp them. They never felt real to me. I didn't have vivid images of the characters the way I do reading prose. In short, the words never left the page and became a living, breathing world.
Enter Louis Nowra's Summer of the Aliens. A delightful read and a book I cannot fault. Every character is unique and attractive in thei
Apr 19, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Hands down this is the best play I've read (and part performed for that matter). I can understand the negative comments though, to an extent.

The first time I read it I wasn't overly impressed. I read it because I had to for my year 12 drama class. It seemed quite simple, childish almost. But of course in having to part-perform it I had to re-read it constantly, and try to really understand the characters. And what I found in doing this is that the subtext is really quite intense. There is a lot
Sep 10, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
I read this play as apart of my drama class, and I'd honestly recommend it to anyone wanting a new play to read. The story was enjoyable, the characters likable and the setting was imaginable. Even though it was a book I had to read for an assignment, it's honestly going to stay one of my favourite plays for a long time.
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Jan 05, 2014 Davis Goodman rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to see this when I was a teenager. Everything resonated with me and my friends. I'd say it was in the top ten plays I've ever seen. Memorable characters, a clear meaningful concepte/themes and helarious. Enjoyed reading it again recently.
Apr 03, 2014 Blair rated it did not like it
I only read this because I had to. If I didn't have to, I wouldn't. It's weird. Didn't like it at all. But thanks anyways.
Jun 06, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
The term Greek tragedy resonates throughout the's not until the end that you discover the significance. Mark Doyle's version of "our town" by Thornton Wilder...
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Louis Nowra (born 12 December 1950) is an Australian writer, playwright, screenwriter and librettist. His most significant plays are Così, Byzantine Flowers, Summer of the Aliens, Radiance, and The Golden Age. In 2007 he completed the The Boyce Trilogy for Griffin Theatre Company, consisting of The Woman with Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy and The Emperor of Sydney. Many of his plays have been fil ...more
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