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The Homecoming

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In an old and slightly seedy house in North London there lives a family of men: Max, the aging but still aggressive patriarch; his younger, ineffectual brother Sam; and two of Max's three sons, neither of whom is married -- Lenny, a small-time pimp, and Joey, who dreams of success as a boxer. Into this sinister abode comes the eldest son, Teddy, who, having spent the past...more
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Published January 11th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1965)
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Jon Ginn
Incredibly disturbing...

Without painting broad strokes of flagrant violence, obscene language, or the like, Pinter still manages to create an environment of unparalleled menace. His tools are simply language (or, rather, what isn't said) and layers of paradox that rise from a triumviri of inconsistent character behaviors, statuses, and conceptions of the past.

While reading, I found myself continually doubting the "validity" of what nearly every character did and said. Did I mention this play is...more
Pooriya
یک نمایش‌نامه منسجم و دوست داشتنی از مرد دوست داشتنی تآتر جهان. مثل بقیه کارهای پینتر دیالوگ‌ها پر بود از سوءتفاهم‌ها و دیالوگ‌های بلندی که به مونولوگ شبیه می‌شد، دیالوگ‌های بیهوده‌ای که توضیحات اضافه انسان‌ها بود (چیزی که در دنیای مدرن بین افراد اتفاق میوفته).‏
اصلی‌ترین موردی که در این نمایش‌نامه به چشم می‌خوره بحث مادر-معشوقه هستش. زن به مثابه اوبژه در دنیای مدرن و خانواده هسته‌ای. حتی این اوبژه شدگی زن در بین قشر روشنفکر و آکادمیک (که نماینده‌ش تدی هستش و دیگر همکارانش که قرار مشتری‌های ماشین...more
Ana
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Brown Bear
One of my favourite plays, a great work, even for Pinter. The plot may seem arbitary to most, bordering on the pointless. But the imagery created and the constant power struggles between the main characters make for an amazing read. Once again, i can't stress enough how much better it is to see a play performed, there is, however, a great film adaptation of this which does a good job of getting the story line across. The best thing about this play is its use of the unspoken word, the constant us...more
Helenn
Ok sure Ruth likes to get around. Yes this might never happen and yes the play is very twisted. It includes profanity and just plain wrong scenes, conversations, actions etc; but I don't see the need to label it as horrible or the worst ever. It has its beauty: complex plot and amazing characters that kept true to themselves from beginning to end.I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what they would say next and I was always wrong. Well it did make me kind of sick and embarrassed but that w...more
Chris
There are a few authors (more often playwrites than novelists) from a certain school that seem to be able to get away with seemingly doing the same thing again and again, and Pinter is one of those to me. His form seems to be "amass a group of insane characters together with one straight man, and then let them play out their various madnesses."
In this play, he does that, but as the play went on, it turned into a disturbing criticism of the roles men expect women to play in the world and women's...more
Resa
Brilliant.

"Very few people in the world understand this play, and Harold Pinter refuses to let anyone in on his secret." Dr. Magidson told my class. "When I directed this play, a couple people threw-up."

The setting of this play is simple: a grown-up, educated, man and wife visits his dad and brothers in the house they grew up in. But right off the bat, the reader realizes that even the simple plot is mixed with this absurd "Waiting For Godot" conversation.

A highlight of the absurdity:
-The dad tr...more
Laura
I have never read anything quite like The Homecoming before and it was not the type of literature I typically read. The play was not my most favorite thing I have read but I found myself discussing it with many members of my family and friends. I had trouble following the story line and relating to the characters and why they acted the way they did. I especially had a hard time relating to the character of Ruth for the main reason of her abrupt decision to not return home to her children. Howeve...more
Russell
What did I just read?

I didn't like this. I didn't understand the characters' motivations. I didn't understand what was going on. It just made me feel bad.

Maybe if I saw it. Maybe I read the meaning behind the words wrong.

But it was creepy and weird.

I feel like I should be able to tell whether the father molested his sons or not. That should be obvious by the end, right? Or what does it say about me that it's this ambivalent part of the play?

And that's just it - I didn't really get it.
Napoleón
Sick. Just Sick. I don't care if there's a deeper meaning to this book. To make up a story so immensely wrong is unbelievable.

Great job, Harold. You just proved yourself one of the most twisted-in-the-head people on Earth. Oh, sorry my mistake. In the afterlife. Hopefully this strange imagination of yours didnt go with you... rest in peace.
Shauna
This is one of my favorite plays, it's SO,OOOO good! It takes a couple of reads (and in my case a script analysis class) to understand all the meanings and subtexts and such but once you get it it's crazy good! I actually enjoyed it even when I didn't understand it to be honest. There are a lot of WTF moments, such a brilliant story!
Mohammad Mirzaali
هيچ‌وخ از تآترِ ابزرد خوش‌ام نمي‌اومده، چه برسه به اين‌كه با المان‌آئى مثِ گسستِ ارزش‌آى كلاسيك-طور بين انسان‌آ و نا-به-روالى‌آىِ جنسى همراه شه؛ درواقه كمدىِ تلخ نمایشنامه هم صرفاً برِ همين تبديل به يه مضحكه‌ی اعصاب-خورد-كن شد برام. اميدم هم به پينتر خيلى كم شد
Alborz Taheri
یک . به طور کلی تو هنر و ادبیات من قائل م به اینکه ارتباط حسی برقرار کردن با یک اثر مقدم و مهم تر از فهمیدن کامل اون اثر است . یعنی اگر ارتباط حسی برقرار نکردی با اثر ، صد تا کتاب و نقد هم در فهمیدن اون اثر بخونی باعث نمیشه اثر اون لذتی که ، وقتی تونستی باهاش ارتباط حسی برقرار کنی را بهت بده . در مورد تئاتر ابزورد هم همین ه نظر م . بدون شک امثالِ بکت و پینتر از نظر ادبی آدم های کمی نیستند اما دلیلی نداره من ازشون لذت ببرم !
دو . "پینتر"ی ترین اثر پینتر بود . چه از نظر محتوا و چه از نظر نثر و نوش...more
Rolls
Truly great. An icy stiletto of a play.
Nikhilesh
Perversion, voyeurism, moral corruption (one need not mention infidelity after this)....not the actual act of sex, seem to be the only release of the pent up sexual energy and frustration.
Yet the suggestions of sex and incest do not repulse me so much. I was afraid they might but they didn't.

I dont want to give away anything so I'll just say that Teddy, - the eldest of the three sons of Max, with his wife Ruth comes from America to his home in England where the two sons Lenny and Joey live with...more
Melissa Rudder
I have very little to say about Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. Like Waiting for Godot, I think the audience's opinion on The Homecoming hinges on whether it views theatrical arts as a solely cerebral experience or as a source of entertainment.

Though exaggeration (oh god I hope through exaggeration), Pinter's story of a man and his wife's visit to the man's childhood home and family comments on issues of power, masculinity, family dynamics, and the angel/whore dualism that has haunted women's d...more
jeremy
written in 1964, the homecoming is one of pinter's most controversial plays. filled with sly ambiguities, imperceptible nuances, and caustic relations, this play leaves one reeling if only for the magnitudes of disorder contained within. never one for platitudes, pinter, as cited by the swedish academy, inarguably "forces entry into oppression's closed rooms." with a master stroke, he is, perhaps, at his boldest in the homecoming.

in two acts, pinter artfully manages to delve deep into familial d...more
Phil
I saw a film version of this play and didn't think much of it at the time. I wasn't sure how Pinter got famous. But after having read this play I see the wit and humor at play amidst the deeply disturbing storyline and personal interactions. If I watched the film again I am pretty sure I would enjoy it much more this time.

Pinter really had a gift for silences, unanswered questions, half-made statements. Much of the subtext of the play is hinted at rather than exposed, which puts a great deal of...more
Ahmad
‎The Homecoming‬‬, Harold Pinter
Characters: Max, Sam, Lenny, Joey, Ruth, Teddy
عنوان: « ب‍ازگ‍ش‍ت‌ ب‍ه‌ خ‍ان‍ه‌»؛ اثر: «ه‍ارول‍د پ‍ی‍ن‍ت‍ر»؛ ت‍رج‍م‍ه‌: «ف‍ت‍اح‌ م‍ح‍م‍دی‌»؛ مشخصات نشر: زن‍ج‍ان‌، ه‍زاره‌ س‍وم‌‏‫، ۱۳۸۱، در ‏‫۱۱۲ص‌.‬؛ ‏‫۱۰/۵×۲۱س‌م.‬، شابک: 9649311734، چاپ سوم: بهار 1390
Emma
Feb 04, 2009 Emma rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I suppose I could have better prepared myself for reading this play... but I didn't. This play was just a bit too bizarre for me (and I have a very high tolerance of the bizarre.) I can recognize what aspects make it a good and interesting piece, but it felt like a play escalating out of control for no reason. Perhaps had I been prepared for a more absurdist style this would be less of an issue. The end was a major WTF?!?!?! I suppose I should have seen it coming but I don't know how you could g...more
G. Adams
The stage language is interesting, the symbolism layered, the dialogue intriguing. But who gives a shit? Go play with your puppets somewhere else, Pinter.
Nilo  Begi
موضوعش بیشتر از شوکه کننده بودن کمی گیج کننده است این که چرا انقدر برخوردها ساده و بی خیال گونه است کمی آزار دهنده می شه.

David
Everyone in this play is crazy. Only crazy people agree to the kind of arrangement that concludes the play. Only crazy people inhabit the world Pinter creates. He seems to have taken the family dynamic of Death of a Salesman, added Stanley Kowalski’s animal nature, and placed the combination into the world of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Anytime you combine a suicidal salesman and an animalistic rapist and place them in an absurdist landscape, you are guaranteed to come out with character...more
Kristi
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Sarah
Yet again, I had to read this as part of my course. I'll tell you right now. I was bored. So, so bored.

I always think it's hard to 'read' a play, rather than 'see' it. But I just didn't like what this was trying to achieve.

The beginning was slow.

The middle was slow.

And then POW! The end gets weird with a beard.

It's not very long though.. Which is always a plus, since if this was any longer I would have tried to cut myself with the pages..

I still gave it two stars because from a literary point o...more
Gregorio
This is the play English majors should read. The interpretations one can make on this play, and the freedom of it's dialogue, almost allows for infinite possibilities of the play by director without changing the time period or setting, as I have seen so many directors do in order to make a play feel "fresh". This play is forever fresh, because it challenges the audience unlike any other. The simple will be content in stating that it is an oddball comedy, while the observant will cry out what a m...more
Dianah
Why are plays SO weird? This was just odd.
Jon
One comes away with an impression that Pinter observed the lives of a group of pet rats for a few hours and then overlaid their meaningless squabbles and fervent sexuality with language. It's interesting, but it's interesting in the same way that watching those rodents is interesting: The audience quickly realizes that there can be no greater complexity than the activities of the moment to moment, so, much like the characters, it loses all obligation (and opportunity) to question consequences an...more
Jessica
dull and pretentious, much like Pinter himself. this play is not worth wasting valuable brain cells on. a multitude of pointless contradictions. misogyny and violence for the sae of shocking the audience with no polemic in mind. Pinter does not even live up to the idea of a theatre of 'cheap thrills' as even his vulgar writing becomes boring with his natural overuse of the aptly named 'pinter pause' and his complete lack of any understanding of the human condition. overrated is an understatement...more
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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, political activist and poet. He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career in 1951, touring throughout Ireland. From 1952,...more
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