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A View from the Bridge / All My Sons

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  573 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Set on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, "A View from the Bridge" follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and niece, Catherine. But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice's cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embark ...more
Paperback, 171 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published November 1955)
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Mar 24, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those willing to see the plays also
Recommended to Leah by: My Teacher - Mrs Roberts
Shelves: school-texts
As a class, we had to read 'A View From A Bridge' together, but when given the text, I decided to read the 'All my Sons' play too. I have been lucky enough to see both plays on the stage, but as usual with plays, I preferred watching it to reading it.

A view from the bridge was amazing, I loved the story-line and found the setting of illegal immigrants an exciting concept. I was interested in witnessing Eddie's growing affections for Catherine, even though she is his neice, and the scene with Mar
Jun 14, 2009 Qian rated it really liked it
The book called A View From the Bridge do not shows any interesting thoughts by the appearance of the book. It is a really thin "play" which includes numerous family relation conflicts. It is cover by a plain green page with only black letters. When I started to read this play, it interested me by it's introduction which a third-person narrator tells whole story from his point-of-view. This "play" is about two illigal immigrations stow away into the United States from south part of Italy and hid ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Miller delivers a spectacular glimpse of love, grace, and human depravity. A View from the Bridge explores the infrastructure of family and the strains of loyalty when Eddie and his family introduce into their home illegal immigrants that potentially threaten everything Eddie has carved out for his niece-turned-adopted daughter. All My Sons attacks the culpability of war profiteering and betrayal, the dynamics loss and renewal, as the sole surviving Keller son falls for his dead brother's fiance ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Karolien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plays in this books are raw and realistic but loveable to the end.
Both All My Sons and A view from the Bridge are set in New York and are about family struggles. Mostly financial struggles as all the characters are part of the working class and suffer during the postwar crisis.

All My Sons is about New Yorkers who are in war conflict in their own house. A view from the Bridge tells the story of Italian immigrants that are looking for a way to stay in the Big Apple. They all want to be higher
Laila Tariq
Apr 16, 2015 Laila Tariq rated it it was amazing
This is a good book for teens. This book can be looked at in many different ways. It can either be looked at as a father-daughter relationship between Catherine, and her father, Eddie or as some others say more than a father- daughter relationship. Catherine is only Edidie's niece by marriage but Beatrice, Eddie's wife, is responsible for her. Beatrice starts to get jealous of Catherine because Eddie is giving her more time than he gives her. This all ends when Catherine marries Rodolpho. Eddie ...more
Jon Margetts
Jul 26, 2016 Jon Margetts rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Both good plays exploring the themes of masculinity & fatherhood. Left feeling a bit ambivalent towards Eddie - his flaw being the denial of his 'love' for Catherine, but then she doesn't exactly help things, nor does his wife...

If like me you haven't read a stage play since being at school, I'd recommend you visualise it, make notes throughout, and pace yourself - a lot turns on implication (i.e. things aren't spelt out), so important not to rush through.
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Nov 30, 2011 María rated it liked it
Catherine: you suck.
Beatrice: I'm so sorry.
Eddie: va te faire foutre, you perv.
Alfieri: thank you for being the only sensible chatacter in this play.
Rodolpho: are you gay or are you not? In any case, you suck. Asshole.

Read November 27th 2011, among many other dates.
Drew Pyke
Feb 28, 2013 Drew Pyke rated it liked it
For a play this did really well in conveying the jealousy and anger Eddie had towards his daughter-like niece when she falls for Rodolfo. Despite being so irrational in the lengths he went to try and break them up, I still ended up feeling that he was still a victim.
Dec 25, 2014 Georgia rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
This was our book club book for this month. I wasn't looking forward to it as I hadn't read a play since high school, however I was surprised at how much I enjoyed both of these stories as well as reading in the form of a play.
Joe Strawson
Aug 20, 2014 Joe Strawson rated it liked it
Two very simple, yet dramatic plays. I thought the second was better than the first - clever little twist. I suppose their themes aren't dissimilar. My knowledge of plays, however, is fairly limited and I'm struggling to remember the finer details.
Indy Fernandez
Jul 10, 2015 Indy Fernandez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books-read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading a View from the Bridge as I feel it offers a naked and vulnerable portrayal of the human psyche. Feelings and emotions that we might have ourselves experienced or encountered in our lives are laid bare.
May 19, 2007 Jacky rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
Had to study it for English GCSE - enjoyed it thoroughly, and my Boarding House performed "A View from the Bridge" very compellingly. :) Highly recommend for Arthur Miller fans
May 05, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
Five stars for both plays. I've only read a handful of Miller's plays, but I'm beginning to think that he didn't go in for happy endings.
Sep 10, 2016 Janice rated it really liked it
Although not my cup of tea, the morals behind it are clear and it is definitely an interesting read.
Nov 29, 2014 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
These two plays from Arthur Miller have very different subjects, but the central issue in both is human decency and the individual's conception of honour.
Jul 30, 2011 Duncan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play-script, theatre
I saw these plays about twenty years apart. The first All My Sons in 1981 and the second A View from the Bridge in 2001. THese are both powerful plays and the scripts reflect this.
Dec 03, 2013 Maeya rated it liked it
I had to read this book in class and usually that would mean I automatically hated it but I really liked this short little play :)
Dec 02, 2008 Kimi rated it really liked it
i love reading his dialogue. i should read his memoirs, as hilton als (new yorker) feels that his memoir writing was better than his plays.
Apr 02, 2014 Hal rated it it was amazing
Both plays are poignant to the end. Miller has a knack for putting his characters between a rock and a hard place, drama ensues. Believable characters, tricky situations ...
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Aug 18, 2015 Sharon D rated it liked it
Arthur Miller always as good as he is. But, I've enjoyed his other plays better. This one sadly doesn't make to my favourites.
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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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