The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie -- keeper of rabbits, dreamer...more
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But after reading the play, I realized just how well Paul Newman had captured Tillie's situation and transferred it to the screen. The living conditions that border on deplorable, being just a few steps above abject poverty, living with an embittered ...more
Written from the innocent, simplistically factual view of a bright young middle-schooler, Tillie, we are introduced to a tense family scene where love and hate often blur into indistinguishable lines. The two supporting characters, her sister Ruth and her embittered mother Beatrice, are some of the strongest characters I have ever read.
This book is short, concise, and easy to get through, writing at the approximate level of a midd ...more
While I might describe the storyline as powerful and thought-provoking, I would not say that I enjoyed it (then or now). It is a depressing tale, in which the young protagonist, Tillie, is at the mercy of her seemingly-deranged mother and manipulative older sister.
Not my cup of tea ...more
I like Tillie. She keeps her emotions even and steady, as if showing enthusiasm or excitement will be the spark that starts the wild fire at home. Her mother's frequent statement, "you're giving me a headache," comes when she e ...more
What. The. Fuck.
I teach English on occasion, and I teach theatre, too. I've read a lot of plays and either performed in or helped put on a good many plays. I'm sure if I were in the right frame of mind I'd be able to figure out what I just read, but honestly, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to get out of this play.
The characters are odd. The theoretical main character is Tillie (Matilda), who is ...more
In any case, that deja-vu let it have an ...more
i ended up as assistant costume person, a job which i didn't show up for. i also decided i wasn't one for the theatre (until college).
soon after, she left the school for mysterious reasons.
i know why.
i guess it's an okay play. i mean... an atom in the girl's palm is from the big bang after all.
Painful to watch (or read)? Yes. Moving? Most definitely. I have read and re-read it more times than I can count, but I can still laugh and cry every time.
This isn't a cheerful story or a happy ending--it's a real life situation that tears you apart, which is probably why I love it so much.
In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play. The play ran off-Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971. It won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was also made into a 1972 movie by 20th Century Fox. Charlotte Zolotow, then a vice-president at Harper & Row (now Harper- ...more