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Anna Christie

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  574 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Eugene O'Neill's 1922 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Anna Christie," is the story of a young woman who following an illness decides to visit and spend some time with her father, a coal barge captain who she hardly knows. During this time she meets a sailor, Mat, who is looking to settle down, and the two fall in love. "Anna Christie" is a gripping drama of a woman torn bet ...more
Paperback, 49 pages
Published February 23rd 2007 by Neeland Media LLC (first published November 2nd 1921)
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This award winning play by Eugene O'Neill was brought to the stage in the 1920's in both New York and London. It has been revived several times over the years and was also made into a movie. It's the story of a young girl returning home to her seafaring father, trying to rebuild her life, trying to find a safe harbor from a world of prostitution, and maybe even find real love somehow.

It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1923. It also won a 1993 Tony Award in the US and an Oliver Award in Engla
Jul 10, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
Most people know Anna Christie as the Garbo movie where the actress demanded "Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side --and don't be stingy, baby."

The acerbic line comes straight from O'Neill's play, but the real salt comes from Anna's father, a cartoonish sailor with lines written in Swedish Chef-style dialect (he says "pooty" for "pretty.")

Anna's love interest is a nasty lout, and he's plenty despicable.

A pat ending on top of the 2D characters keeps this from being great O'Neill, but (like
Jan 20, 2015 LauraT rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo
And it has even an extraordinary happy enfing!!!
Ahmad Sharabiani
نمایشنامه «آنا کریستی» نخستین بار سال 1921 روی صحنه رفته، موضوع نمایشنامه داستان زنی سرخورده است که به زادگاه خود نزد پدر ملوانش بازمیگردد و ... «یوجین اونیل» یکسال پس از نخستین اجرای همین نمایشنامه، برنده جایزه «پولیتزر» در رشته نمایشنامهنویسی شد. نیز، اقتباس موفق و معروف سینمایی از این نمایشنامه، بیست سال پیش از به دنیا آمدنم با بازی «گرتا گاربو» در نقش «آنا» ساخته شد ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, plays
This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama from 1922 was surprisingly modern in its language. I read this whilst listening to the Librivox recording, which I found helpful for the Swedish & Irish accents -- sometimes I had no trouble understanding the spoken word when the written dialect was difficult.

In terms of plot, it seemed strangely similar to Ibsen to me (except for being set in America).
Shane Westfall
Nov 20, 2010 Shane Westfall rated it liked it
Just another one of O'Neil's mediocre early works. The story is pretty good, although I could have done without the over-the-top happy ending. It gets bogged down by the same problem that haunts much of O'Neill's work. His insistence on forcing the accents on the page. Yes, I understand he is writing a script, not so much something to be read. His insistence on writing the accents in so forcibly makes the works almost impossible to read and shows that he lacks confidence in his actors. One could ...more
Jonathas Soares
Jul 10, 2015 Jonathas Soares rated it liked it

This play is about the men in Anna Christie's life: mainly her long-lost father and her new-found lover, but also about all males. From scene one, Anna is annoyed at the men she's had to deal with and tar them all with the same brush: they're odious and the bane of her very existence. She does, however, fall in love with Matt, an Irish sailor, which causes a conflict to erupt with her father, also a sailor. He doesn't want the life of a sailor's wife for his daughter. As Anna learns to forgive h
Mar 17, 2014 Greg rated it it was amazing
This is a play without a real ending or resolution, and in that way is incredibly realistic. O’Neill highlights the ironies of behavior and judgment in this play, and delivers them quite intelligently from the mouth of his heroine, an uneducated and streetwise but slangy protagonist with a past. The action centers between Anna, who has come to live with her father the Swedish immigrant Chris, who abandoned her long ago. She has worked as a prostitute, and Chris has rationalized his behavior but ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Kathie rated it it was ok
After an illness Anna Christie seeks refuge with her father whom she has not seen in 15 years. Both them have deceived the other with the lives they led while apart. Old Chris is a coal barge captain and Anna has led a hard life getting by as she could. I was struck by the disrespect Anna showed her father who wanted only the best and to believe the best about his daughter.

Along comes Mat whom they rescue from the waters on one of their voyages. Mat almost immediately professes his love for Ann
buy used Four Plays by Eugene O'Neill: Anna Christie; The Hairy Ape; The Emperor Jones; Beyond the Horizon: Beyond the Horizon / the Emperor Jones / Anna Christie / the Hairy Ape
Jan 13, 2016 Marc rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, drama
Didn't enjoy - one of main characters, Chris (Anna's father), is written with his strong, Swedish dialect, making it difficult (and annoying) to read... i.e. "ven ay gat money for pay passage home as passenger den ay forgat and ay spend all money. Ven ay tank again, it's too late. I don't know vhy but dat's vay with most sailor fallar. Dat ole davil sea make dem crazy fools. I work long time as yanitor. Yust short time ago ay got dis yob" .... a little bit of written dialect is fine to read but ...more
Dec 31, 2015 J.M. rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
December of Drama 2015, day 25

"A heavy burden
The holy way
I can escape anything
But loving you
--Dreary Moon, by Big Black Delta

Alright, so I still haven't read The Iceman Cometh. That'll be my first non-Shakespeare selection next year, okay? This was a heavy choice all the same, and in many ways seems to pre-figure O'Neill's later stuff. Hard drinking, dysfunctional family, irreconcilable differences. The conflict plays out in a way that seems nicely reflective of the absurd way life itsel
Jori Richardson
Dec 02, 2012 Jori Richardson rated it liked it
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This American play, written in 1921, was one of two little Eugene O'Neill volumes that I decided to read back to back.

The first scene opens with Chris Christopherson, more commonly known as "Old Chris," relaxing at a pub, and telling fellow drinkers and friends about his daughter, Anna Christie, who is coming to visit him. Chris hasn't seen his daughter since she was two years old, which was 15 years ago. Chris' ex-wife was driven mad by her husband's occupation as a sailor, and came to hate the
May 12, 2013 علی rated it liked it
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"آنا کریستی" نمایش نامه ای در چهار پرده، برنده ی جایزه ی پولیتزر 1922، داستان یک فاحشه ی سابق است که پس از سال ها رنج تنهایی، عاشق شده، زندگی اش دگرگون می شود اما با مشکلات تازه ای دست به گریبان است. کریس پیر، کاپتین یک کشتی حمل زغال سنگ، دختر جوانش را که از پنج سالگی ندیده، ملاقات می کند، و از او می خواهد تا همراه او در کشتی بماند. خدمه ی کشتی، "مت بروک" و چهار خدمتکار کشتی شکسته ای را نجات می دهند. مت که عاشق آنا می شود، قصد دارد با او ازدواج کند اما کریس مایل نیست دخترش همسر یک ملوان، شبیه خو ...more
J. Ewbank
Feb 20, 2015 J. Ewbank rated it liked it
This Eugene O'Neill play, written in the 40's contains many ideas from that time. In fact one of the main hinge points of the play concerns the thoughts about women who have "fallen". However, the play makes sense, is interesting, powerful, enjoyable and with its moments of humor. I enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Dave Wagner
Oct 05, 2014 Dave Wagner rated it liked it
Depressing, and somewhat difficult to read, what with the dialects (Swedish, Irish). It's a tale of reluctant, begrudging redemption. Had some good banter in places, and a couple beefy monologues. Glad I read it, likely won't read it again.

I will, however, read more Eugene O'Neill plays.

Next up: Ice Man Cometh.
Prediction: more of the same, lol...
Feb 15, 2014 Boni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an early work of Eugene O'Neill. It won the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for drama. It is about the reunion after 20 years of a seafaring father and his daughter, and a terrible secret that will test their mettle. The role of Anna Christie was made famous in film by Greta Garbo. Jude Law appeared as Matt Burke in the latest revival of the play in Broadway.
Susan K
Jan 26, 2016 Susan K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Young Girl on the Sea

I didn't know of this O'Neill play. It's interesting to see how he wrote earlier in his career. The plot's simple and rather predictable, still it's got some historical significance. I got to see how a "dishonorable" women was treated before WWI and that forgiveness from men was hard to "earn."
Jan 13, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
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Anna Kļaviņa
This play made debut at the end of 1921 and I imagine that back then most people thought that how hard it was for poor father and love stuck man to learn so shocking true about woman they loved and thought to be young innocent lady. And it wouldn’t be hard to find nowadays people, I believe, who will gladly judge Anna Christie and see her father and boyfriend as forgiving souls.
Anna Christie, in my humble opinion, didn’t deserve Mat Burke and at the end when they got back together made me angry
Jim Leckband
Jan 17, 2011 Jim Leckband rated it it was ok
The character Anna Christie is the only thing approaching some life. For all his macho bluster O'Neill was surprisingly good in writing female characters. However Anna Christie's Swede father Chris and her beau are stock characters - the bumbling, good-hearted but thick immigrant and the hot-headed, a**hole young buck Burke. I was mostly hoping that Anna would push Burke over the edge of the barge during the whole play.

The plot is kinda hokey and depends on the stereotypes of the male characters
Ida Aasebøstøl
Feb 02, 2016 Ida Aasebøstøl rated it liked it
Swedish slut shamed by sailor, sluttish sailor unfortunately not shamed enough by mentioned Swede. To blame: Not the sea, but incompetent "father".
I hate men too, Anna Christie.
Jan 27, 2015 M added it
Finally a Eugene O'neill play I can stand! And it wasn't 400 pages long! It practically has a happy ending.
Jan 02, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Another mediocre play which follows the theme of society and 'fallen women'. Anna Christie moves in with her father on a coal barge and falls in love with a sailor, Matt, who unfortunately doesn't get along with her father. The two men struggle for who has control over Anna until she is disgusted with the whole buisness and reveals she was a prostitute before living with her father. The revalation has a shocking effect on the two men in her life, but the ending is happy. But frankly it would hav ...more
Derek Folder
Jan 03, 2015 Derek Folder rated it liked it
great play if you like sailors I mean it
Nov 17, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it

Its sexual politics is certainly outmoded, but one can find throughout this early play the echoes of the doomed love affairs, angst-ridden family dynamics, and acknowledgments of transcendent forces that will become the hallmarks of O'Neil's later works.
Feb 12, 2010 Shelby rated it liked it
Anna was treated like a little girl throughout the play; I appreciated neither the argument about whom Anna will obey nor Burke's response to her secret.

I did, however, appreciate the relationship between Anna and her father. Oddly familiar....
Isaac Timm
Jun 11, 2013 Isaac Timm rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, 2013
The dialects were a little rough at the beginning, and and can't say the character Burke is likable, but a strong story, with character that were mostly strong. O'Neill's female characters are always flat, but at least Anne had some complexity.
Feb 10, 2012 Maxfield rated it really liked it
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O'Neill, masterful as always. I was lucky enough to experience it by listening to a recording of LA Theater Works performance with Stacy Keach and Allison Elliot. Both are fantastic and I'd love to see a video of the performance.
Feb 09, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it
Typical O'Neill themes of dysfunctional family, alcoholism, the search for belonging... But the ending of this one is quite un-O'Neill -- it's happy!
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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright who won the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy." More than any other dramatist, O'Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwr ...more
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