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Philadelphia, Here I Come!

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  402 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and his humiliating job in his father's grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home, Gareth O'Donnell has accepted his aunt's invitation to come to Philadelph ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published February 24th 1994 by Faber & Faber (first published 1964)
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I'm always hesitant of buying a play. 12 euro for 90 half-filled pages? Dubious. But then an 60-ish man who saw me turning Philadelphia, Here I Come! over in my hands, debating, said "lad, you'll be wanting to get that one. I've seen it performed five times now, and it's just magic. The first thing to read if you want to know about mid-century Ireland." On that recommendation, who could possibly refuse?

Long story short, it was fantastic advice. The Public/Private division never feels like a lite
Again, another schoolbook read and analysed for my English exams. Laugh out loud good though. Even went to see it in the theatre and almost fell off the seat laughing. Brian Friel is a genius.
In the play, we can see simultaneously dual self of the protagonist portraying his private and public self, interior and exterior condition, physical and psychological state, and conscious and subconscious mind--the world within and outside. It makes this play hilarious and interesting. The play is both humorous and poignant; you will laugh out loud, and then suddenly, you will feel ache and pain in your heart. This is the way that only Brian Friel can do uniquely, effectively, and successfully. ...more
Brandon Taper
The toughest words to hear are the ones you tell yourself, and tougher still when you don't answer.
I had to study this for my Leaving Cert, English exam.

I rarelly enjoy anything I have to study. However, even missing the chance to see this play. (Which I'd still like too). You get the story and the characters feelings/positons from reading the lines and imagining the acting yourself.
I trully enjoyed studying it. And learning quotes (which I no longer remember XD) but at the time it was easy. I may even have a look at Brian Friels other works.
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Apr 03, 2012 Mic rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Exactly what the inner me was thinking at the time of reading. At least I know I'm not the only person who has conversations with them-self.
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Jun 05, 2013 Himo Curse marked it as to-read
Ah, i will face too hard exam after two days from now and it seems that i`ll fail. is there any way to read about this playwrite
May 30, 2012 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars
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4.5 stars - funny and poignant in a small package but loses half a star because I think I missed several references
Another classic book that you must read if you're into literature. This covers Irish literature.
Sarah MacTavish
Loved it! Was privileged to see it performed at the Galway Arts Festival in 2007. Amazing!
Jun 07, 2013 Xhimo marked it as to-read
Could i read this book online for free,please ?
Michael Mcgowan
Had to study this for GCSE
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wow this book is really good
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Brian Friel is a playwright and, more recently, director of his own works from Ireland who now resides in County Donegal.

Friel was born in Omagh County Tyrone, the son of Patrick "Paddy" Friel, a primary school teacher and later a borough councillor in Derry, and Mary McLoone, postmistress of Glenties, County Donegal (Ulf Dantanus provides the most detail regarding Friel's parents and grandparents
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