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Golden Boy

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  210 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A play by Clifford Odet.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 1948 by Dramatists Play Service (first published 1948)
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Sep 08, 2010 Maria rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
Yikes. I feel really guilty marking this book as 2 stars given some of the other things I have rated as such but I can't say I liked it which is the qualification for three stars. I know that Odets is considered to be one of the great playwrights and this was the first thing of his I read. Maybe because it was unfinished at his death, maybe because it was a musical, maybe what was ahead of its time seems dated now. I don't know. I think the play succeeded well at conveying a sense of foreboding; ...more
May 22, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
The more plays I read by Odets, the more enamored of his writing I become. This one is gut wrenching-very powerful!
Apr 14, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it
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Odets, Clifford. GOLDEN BOY. (1937). ****. In this drama, Odets got down off his high labor horse and addressed the plight of a man trying to find himself. Although the theme and setting are a little time-worn, perhaps they weren’t back in 1937. It’s the story of Joe Bonaparte, the younger son of the Bonaparte family, Italian-Americans living in New York. Joe, who was just twenty-one, was in love with music, and was probably the best amateur violinist in the city. One day he comes home and annou ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Gale rated it liked it
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“The Price of Following One’s Heart

Odet’s 1937 drama about a New York City young man who chooses the life of a professional boxer proves a suspenseful read—probing the subtle depths of the diverse motivations of the human heart. Readers/spectators are mesmerized by the parade of strong emotions
displayed by various mostly male characters: greed, violence, ambition, manipulation, lust. Contrasted by a few moments of tenderness and family loyalty. As in a movie noir it takes a dame to throw a mo
Apr 05, 2013 Michael rated it it was ok
This is the first play of Odets's I have read, based on a very positive New Yorker review of a recent production.

Was the play groundbreaking in its time? Can a stunning production make something marvelously striking out of it? All I can say is that reading it in 2013, it felt like the synopsis for a play or novel to be written rather than a play proper. The characters felt stereotypical, the progression contrived rather than developing naturally.

I would have to read other plays by Odets to get a
Sep 22, 2014 Kris rated it liked it
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I thought this was a wonderfully well done play. There were several plot points that could have been developed, and many of the characters were underdeveloped, but I enjoyed what was there. I could completely understand the situation and sympathize with the ruling conflict. I feel this would make a great play for high schools or colleges to put on with all the bullying headlines in the news.
Jul 09, 2007 Ali rated it did not like it
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I can't remember if it was a play first, then adapted for film, or the other way ...

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Rema Ashraf
May 17, 2015 Rema Ashraf rated it liked it
i think a play that interests you to keep reading it till the last letter of it is definitely a good work (y)
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Clarissa McDaniel
Jun 06, 2016 Clarissa McDaniel rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites by Odets. Wonderfully intricate plot line with complex and compelling characters. Absolutely magnificent.
May 29, 2015 Annee rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic. Amazing. waah I'm sad I didn't see this at hillcrest. ugh.
Radwa Mahmoud
Mar 20, 2015 Radwa Mahmoud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"come,bring him home,where he belongs."
Dec 05, 2007 Dylan rated it really liked it
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what would later be ripped off for as "million dollar baby" (mostly)
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Clifford Odets (July 18, 1906 – August 14, 1963) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Odets was born in Philadelphia to Louis Odets (born Gorodetsky) and Pearl Geisinger, Russian- and Romanian-Jewish immigrants, and raised in Philadelphia and the Bronx, New York. He dropped out of high school after two years to become an actor. In 1931, he became a founding member of the Group T ...more
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