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The Unexpected Man

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  100 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A famous author takes a train journey and sits opposite an unknown woman who's reading his latest book, The Unexpected Man. He observes her reading the novel but affects not to notice. Likewise, she pretends not to recognise that he is the writer. In bizarre, self-obsessed monologues these two characters relate memories, fears and ideas.
Paperback, 71 pages
Published December 15th 1998 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 1997)
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Edgar Trevizo
Mar 29, 2015 Edgar Trevizo rated it it was amazing
Oh, my! What a splendid piece of literature! And that ending! I've been in love with Yazmina since I've watched "Carnage", by Roman Polanski. "Art" was just ok, I guess, but this one, this one, Yazmina...! You got me again. I'm yours!
M. Sarki
I wasn't sure about this one until near the end when I decided I liked it very much. I believe a subsequent reading of ti would most likely result in an added star. But who knows? Not sure I will have the time for that. So much reading and so little time. But Reza certainly is a charm.
Nov 10, 2016 Linnea rated it really liked it
Two people on a train with their thoughts, no stage directions. This could be boring, but Reza has a sharp pen and good insights into the human mind. Good play, good play.
Dec 20, 2014 Natira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Ein wunderbares Stück über zwei Menschen, die sich in einem Zugabteil gegenübersitzen. Es geht nicht nur darum, ob und ggf. wie fremde Menschen in Kontakt treten. Beide reflektieren über ihre aktuelle Situation im Leben, über ihr soziales Umfeld. Und dazu geht es auch um das Schreiben und das Lesen von Büchern, was man in den Text bringt und was was daraus entnimmt.

Und David Suchet und Harriet Walter sind großartig. Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass dieses Stück als reine Eigen-Lektüre nicht so kra
I loved this soooooo much once.

I'm afraid it might actually be really stupid.

It's essentially a set of monologues, back and forth, which is a thing I sort of dig. Perhaps, though, I dug it more as a writing exercise than I would on a stage. (I immediately started writing a rip-off, when I read it in high school. I found it really inspiring.) I'd go to see it, sometime, and maybe, on the right Sunday afternoon, I'd read it again.
Corinne Wahlberg
Jan 25, 2010 Corinne Wahlberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I love the idea behind this. Easy to produce, easy to stage, two wonderful actors in two chairs would be all you'd need. and perhaps a yellow suit. It's strange how readers idolize writers and how writers get so easily disenchanted with their work - so self degrading. A long time recommendation finally taken.
Jan 07, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could be interpreted as a trite concept but I found it incredibly moving. The nearness of strangers and the serendipity of interactions play to form this piece of successive and related monologues.
Grace Turner
I'm a little in love with this piece. A peek into the minds of two fantastic characters with so much to say (who prefer to leave everything unsaid), and an ending that left me grinning with satisfaction.
Apr 04, 2015 Selah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This play is very short - like a dramatized short story. It's an interesting character study of an author and a longtime fan. Beautifully read by the ah-mazing David Suchet and Harriet Walter.
Nov 20, 2013 Baahaarmast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It Was Amazing : )

"دلم میخواد یه روز برام توضیح بدند که چرا ناغافل غصه به آدم حملهور میشه، اون هم درست وقتی که همهچی روبهراه ئه."
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Yasmina Reza began work as an actress, appearing in several new plays as well as in plays by Molière and Marivaux. In 1987 she wrote Conversations after a Burial, which won the Molière Award for Best Author. Following this, she translated Kafka's Metamorphosis for Roman Polanski and was nominated for a Molière Award for Best Translation. Her second play, Winter Crossing, won the 1990 Molière for B ...more
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