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After the Fall

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,833 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
As Howard Taubman outlines the play: "At the outset Quentin emerges, moves forward and seats himself on the edge of the stage and begins to talk, like a man confiding in a friend. In the background are key figures in his life, and they move in and out of his narrative. The narration shades into scenes, little and big. They are revelations and illuminations. They remind Que ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published January 28th 1984 by Bantam Books (first published 1964)
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Angela
Jan 13, 2014 Angela rated it did not like it
Quite possibly the worst play I've ever read, and please take into consideration that I went to college with playwrights and was forced to read their crap. Imagine Arthur Miller weepily masturbating onstage for an hour and a half.

This play was worse. Though similar.

I also don't care for this perpetuated image of Marilyn Monroe being a failure. As a child she was the victim of sexual abuse, abandonment and neglect, all while growing up in dozens of foster homes. Of course she turned into a drug
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Anna
Jul 08, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
Floored me. Here's me, on the floor. It haunts me.
Maxwell
Apr 04, 2015 Maxwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, drama, 2015
Nope. Wasn't really a fan of this one. Very disjointed, confusing, hard to follow along. It all takes place inside one man's mind, so things jump around a lot. Characters are despicable, moody, and their choices seem illogical or at least inexplicable in this context.
Jessica Baxter
Sep 12, 2007 Jessica Baxter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
completely unputdownable, heartbreaking and fragile and aching and engrossing from the first page. it makes it even more riveting knowing that its about his (of course) complicated relationship with marilyn monroe. im desperate to see this acted, and im even more desperate to play the role of maggie. someone somwhere please, let me play that role.
J.M.
Dec 13, 2015 J.M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama, borrowed
December of Drama 2015, day thirteen

Well, it finally happened. When I picked out two Arthur Miller plays to read this year, I was consciously trying to avoid the one he wrote about his marriage with Marilyn Monroe. I'd forgotten the title of it. I chose wisely, initially: The View from the Bridge, and The Price-- except the volume of his work that I checked out (1964-1982) didn't have The View from the Bridge. So what did I substitute? The first play in the collection: After the Fall. Which, of
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John
Feb 16, 2010 John rated it liked it
Re-read this because I'm getting rid of it, it's not one of my favorites and there are no good monologues in it and my edition is a really dingy paperback anyway. That being said, I liked it better this second time I read it. It's still kind of wanky, Miller trying to analyze his relationship with Marilyn Monroe and decide whether he was really in love with her, or just wanted to save her, or just wanted to sleep with her, or what. There's some good stuff in here about that relationship and abou ...more
Kathleen Strawn
Nov 06, 2014 Kathleen Strawn rated it it was ok
Some thought provoking quotes but mostly reminds me of ex's erratic, irrational, inconsistent ramblings.
Steven
Jun 13, 2015 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, american
Miller's biased and fragile reminiscences of his emotional wives.
Ahmed
Sep 05, 2010 Ahmed rated it it was amazing
خلال قرائتي لهذة المسرحية الرائعة تذكرت و تبادر الي ذهني علي الفور فيلم الرائع وودي الان الواجهة
الذي يتناول فترة القمع الامريكي لمجموعة من الكتاب و المفكريين اصحاب التوجه اليساري تم درجهم فيما يسمي القائمة السوداء لكتاب ممنوعين من النشر و الكتابة في امريكا حتي انهم كانوا يصدروا كتبهم تحت اسماء مستعارة و بشخصيات اخري و هي حقيقة تاريخية و كان ميللر من بين هؤلأ و ضمن هذة القائمة السوداء
هذا علي الرغم من نفي ميللر نفسة لاي ميول يسارية تماما كالمحامي بطل هذة المسرحية هذا و قد عرفت فيما بعد سر التشابة
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Julia
May 16, 2015 Julia rated it did not like it
I didn’t care for this autobiographical-ish snapshot of Miller and his wives. He’s despicable, his wives are one- dimensional. Blech!

I requested this collection of plays from interlibrary loan.
Chuck O'Connor
Jun 01, 2013 Chuck O'Connor rated it it was amazing
Epic, devastating - I love Arthur Miller.
Sketchbook
Dec 24, 2011 Sketchbook rated it did not like it
Pretentious piffle from a likewise playwrote who damns
his far more talented movie star exwife.
Rick Rapp
Jun 30, 2012 Rick Rapp rated it liked it
A cruel, thinly veiled portrait of Marilyn...
Cary S
Feb 11, 2017 Cary S rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
Extremely dated. It's a product of its time, but that doesn't really stop it from being, at its core, misogynistic and confusing. Theatrically, the convention of staging the play in Quentin's mind was insightful and seemingly well-executed. (+1 star). But on the whole, this wasn't my cup of proverbial tea...
Scott Trost
Feb 05, 2017 Scott Trost rated it liked it
Could be two scenes if cut correctly - first act scene with wife and second act scene with Marilyn Monroe. Both breakup scenes - marriage falling apart. Also small scene with two guys about testifying and naming names - - betrayal scene. Pretty wordy.
Ali
May 28, 2007 Ali rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
کوئنتاین، می گوید: جهان پر از بی عدالتی بود، من به دنیا آمده بودم تا درستشان کنم!

Most of Arthur miller’s plays such as “A View from the Bridge”, “The Crucible”, “All My Sons”, “Death of a Salesman” etc. are categorized as modern tragedies; the struggles of the everyday man; social American tragedies, focusing on the dark side of the American dream. “All my Sons” is a classic play, about guilt, responsibility, and the relationship between fathers and sons in the aftermath of a World War II corru
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Tony
Mar 05, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
AFTER THE FALL. (1964). Arthur Miller. ****.
This is a difficult play to read, and, I suspect would also be a difficult play to see performed. It would take all of the first act for the audience to try and understand the point of the drama and to get all the characters straight. Reading it, at least, help you get by that difficulty, since you have to know the character’s name as they speak – it’s on the page. The title refers to the scene in Genesis – the Fall being the end of innocence as Eve a
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Keith
Jun 06, 2016 Keith rated it it was ok
Interestingly the play After the Fall deals with the historical tragedies of the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the Red Scare.

The best thing about Arthur Miller's After the Fall is the format: As a transition between scenes, Quentin, the main character, speaks out loud about his life and experiences to an unseen "Listener." The story emerges from Quentin's memories and associations. Persons from various time periods in his life might appear on stage in a given scene at the same time due t
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Muslim
Aug 20, 2014 Muslim rated it it was amazing
Arthur Miller is always deep, but even by his standards, this is on another level. I do not think you could do justice to this in any summary. It must be experienced to be fully understood. I'll try my best though. It wasn't hard for me to see myself in Quentin. Not in the sense that I've experienced the same things - far from that - but in the sense of how weighty the burden of memory can be on our shoulders. To look back at something you once had and loved and to know you've been exiled from i ...more
Amalie
Jan 23, 2011 Amalie rated it it was ok
I didn't know till I read that 'After the Fall' is a highly autobiographical account of Arthur Miller, himself, told through a man named Quentin/main character, who has suffered through a difficult family life and two marriages.

It is depicted artistically by freely flowing from scene to scene with no regard to time or location, but that does not make up for the dullness of the overall story or may be it was too sophisticated for my tastes.

The plot takes place inside the mind of Quentin, a New
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Darlene
Jan 19, 2012 Darlene rated it liked it
I am a fan of Arthur Miller's plays; The Crucible is my favorite... I've read it many times and have seen it performed a couple of times. After the Fall is more of a 'mixed bag' for me. This play is clearly semi-autobiographical with the main character, Quentin, being Miller himself and the character, Maggie, is Marilyn Monroe. Miller incorporates the 'Red Scare' into this play (which I actually found very interesting) and he seemed to be at a point personally in which he was trying to figure o ...more
jennifer
Apr 10, 2010 jennifer rated it liked it
Quentin is a lawyer at a big firm. He has friends, a wife, daughter and a Communist past he is still trying to come to terms with. He constantly flashbacks to his childhood to hear his parents bickering and flashes forward to listen to his current lover discuss her fear of Nazis. In between we see Quentin's first marriage end, the disintegration of his second marriage to a famous singer, and the fear he and his friends feel when the firm demands that someone names the former Communists among the ...more
Teo
Jan 03, 2015 Teo rated it it was amazing
Can't pretend I understand fully what the plot and themes are about, but safe to say I found it one of Miller's most poignant and moving works. I like it better than Death of a Salesman, even; especially loved the interesting structure of the play in unfolding from the dream-like perspective of the main character Quentin. The vignettes and characters in them came and went like people flickering in Quentin's consciousness, which although made the play a rather confusing read also had the effect o ...more
Marc
Mar 29, 2009 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, 2016, drama
A challenging read because it is told in a very non-linear sequence with minor characters popping in and out of main character's (Quentin) life in fragmentary bits to reveal key moments/relationships with family, wives, friends throughout his life. The most interesting scenes for me are those between Quentin and Maggie (which struck some viewers as scandalous for its apparent revelations about Miller's marriage to Marilyn Monroe. In an essay about the play, Miller denied that Maggie is based on ...more
Rachel Willis
May 18, 2009 Rachel Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
The book starts off a little weak. The dialogue is strong, but the jumps between scenes, characters, eras is a little tedious to follow when one starts the play. However, as the story progress, Miller brings a little more cohesion to the overall story and focuses more on the two main character: Maggie and Quentin. This is an excellent work on the idea of how women bring man to his downfall. Quentin's life (and the play) is shaped by the women in it. His mother, his wives, a woman he meets abroad ...more
Samantha Glasser
Mar 26, 2012 Samantha Glasser rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics, fiction
I was interested in reading this book because of Miller's reputation as an acclaimed playwright. I read The Crucible in school and did not like it, so I decided to read something on my own time (because sometimes reading things in school makes them less enjoyable).

I am a big Marilyn Monroe fan, and I didn't realize that the character Maggie was based on her when I read this, but it made sense because she was the only thing I liked about this story. The format of the play is interesting, with th
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Scott
Jul 27, 2013 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the stream-of-consciousness techniques and its stage possibilities, which seem to draw on what the producer would not allow him to do for Death of a Salesman (stage as Willy Loman's head), but I honestly thought the play seemed like apologism for elements of of Miller's well-publicized life, including his experiences with HUAC and Marilyn Monroe, upon whom Maggie was clearly based. The absence of Felice for so long helps make the play more confusing. She's introduced so quickly and abrup ...more
Alan Gallauresi
Jan 15, 2014 Alan Gallauresi rated it liked it
It's difficult to write a review for After The Fall without using the word catharsis -- but it's really the appropriate word, because it serves both as a grounding for the play's origin and unfolding, while at the same time unfortunately justifying the veil that separates you from connecting to the characters. Even for those who recognize the ghosts of Marilyn, Arthur, and Inge, this play is too personal to Miller to be universal in the way he masterfully manages in The Crucible, A View From the ...more
Jonathan
Feb 01, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
"...God's power is love without limit. But when a man dares reach for that... he's only reaching for the power. "
Miller wrote this play not long after the death of Marilyn Monroe. Miller was married to her for a time, and drew upon this experience and the aftermath to write this play. The protagonist wrestles with his memories of ruined marriages, and the tangled knot of selfishness, delusion, and regret which fills his mind.
Alex
Aug 30, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Despite shortness, it is very rich in scenes, historical references, emotions, and characters, some of whom even go through developments. The radio performance is an additional feat. So much enjoyable experience packed in only some 2 hours of time, what a value.

It is distilled mostly from the playwright's own life experiences, impressions, feelings, reflections, and unanswerable equations, not made up mainly for the purpose of manipulating the emotions of the audience as most plays are.
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Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays, including celebrated plays such as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still studied and performed worldwide. Miller was often in the public eye, most famously for refusing to g ...more
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“MAGGIE, in pain: That’s what I mean; I’m a joke to most people.

QUENTIN: No, it’s that you say what you mean, Maggie. You don’t seem to be upholding anything, you’re not—ashamed of what you are.

MAGGIE: W-what do you mean, of what I am?

… But you didn’t, did you?

He turns to her in agony.

Laugh at me?

QUENTIN: No. He suddenly stands and cries out to Listener. Fraud! From the first five minutes! …Because! I should have agreed she was a joke, a beautiful piece, trying to take herself seriously! Why did I lie to her, play this cheap benefactor, this— Listens, and now unwillingly he turns back to her.

MAGGIE: Like when you told me to fix where my dress was torn? You wanted me to be— proud of myself. Didn’t you?”
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