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Philadelphia, Here I Come!

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  528 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and the 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 May 29th 1975 by Faber & Faber (first published 1964)
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Feb 19, 2013 Humphrey rated it it was amazing
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
Danny Daley
Oct 20, 2015 Danny Daley rated it it was amazing
Brian Friel had passed away while I was living in Ireland, and the newspapers covered his death for a solid week. I had never read any of his work, so I started with this play as it is widely credited for launching his career as a serious playwrite. I was absolutely not disappointed. I read stage plays with greater frequency all the time, and I've read a few classics, but this is likely the best modern stage play I've read. I loved the insight regarding the relationship of fathers and sons, and ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Naoise rated it it was amazing
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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.
Nov 08, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
Review written: sometime before July 25, 2015

Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel

Why I read it: It was in the house and I’d wanted to read it at some point, but then it went missing so I never got around to it until I found it again recently.

Rating: 4/5

What I thought: It’s short, but oddly sweet, admittedly in a bitter kind of way. Most of the dialogue lands brilliantly, and the core concept of splitting Gar up into his interior thought processes and exterior persona works great. Presumably
Oct 01, 2012 Jeerawat rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 04, 2014 Brandon Taper rated it really liked it
The toughest words to hear are the ones you tell yourself, and tougher still when you don't answer.
Apr 04, 2011 Taygus rated it liked it
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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.
Aug 05, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
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Apr 03, 2012 Mic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: irish
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 ...more
May 30, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
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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
Anthony Mulligan
May 08, 2015 Anthony Mulligan rated it it was amazing
Major major postulation on the fallibility of memories for portraying by those posturers in the middle distance!

Nov 29, 2010 Maria rated it liked it
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!
Mar 30, 2015 M rated it really liked it
I would like to see a performance of this play.
Jun 07, 2013 Xhimo marked it as to-read
Could i read this book online for free,please ?
Michael Mcgowan
Oct 16, 2007 Michael Mcgowan rated it it was ok
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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