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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Other Plays

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As mirrors of his emotional and imaginative life, the plays of Tennessee Williams explore the darker side of human nature and are haunted by the pervasive theme of loneliness that is humanity's inescapable destiny.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, one of his masterpieces, seethes with the family tensions, suppressed sexuality and the less-than-secret whisper of scandal that lie benea
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Paperback, 329 pages
Published 2001 by Penguin (first published 1955)
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Chris Watson
What to say about Tennessee Williams?

Firstly, his plays are very dated. Now, I know what you're going to say, "but they're quite old!" But Bertholdt Brecht's plays are older, Oscar Wilde's plays are much older, and they aren't dated; the truth is that there's little that's timeless about Tennessee Williams: his plays were sensationalistic for their time, and have become rooted in their time.

But it gets worse!

In good dramatic writing, characters reveal themselves through their words and their act
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Evelyn
Mar 25, 2014 Evelyn rated it really liked it
I read this for an English Lit book group recently and found the famed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to be a fascinating yet depressing insight into this fallen Southern family. The dialogues between Maggie and Brick in particular were sometimes painful to read which made the tension feel even more real. It was amazing to unearth so many mixed emotions (loneliness, fear, guilt, envy, revenge etc) in such a short play and it provides an intriguing overview of how complex people's lives can be.

The other t
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Maarit
The collection consists of three different plays by Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tinroof, The Milktrain Doesn't Stop Here Anymore and The Night of the Iguana. Overall the collection was quite versatile, though the plays were at parts very depressing. Each play is judged individually.

My favorite one was Cat on a Hot Tinroof, mainly because of the versatile characters and plot, which was interesting and not too complicated to follow. The language was at parts a bit difficult to read, because o
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Pauline
Nov 30, 2013 Pauline rated it it was ok
The number of stars I put is for the general book, with the three plays.
I really like Tennessee Williams' style, with his strong characters, with strong personalities, and everything is going quickly... well, that was what I thought after having read The Glass Menagery... But I have a different opinion after having read these three stories. Below, briefly what I thought of each story:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: I thought the rythm was a little slow, and the scenes were very repetitive (I did not cou
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Marina Schulz
Whilst in my opinion not Tennessee's best work-- a merit that belongs to A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Zinc Roof remains as one of his classics, a must read for all lovers of the dramatic arts. Still poignant, the story touches, like many of the author's other works, the theme of apparence versus being; are we really what we seem? In this play set in a rich plantation in the South, the characters join together to honour the patriarc of the family, Big Daddy, but the relationships betwee ...more
Sierra Jackson
Oct 06, 2011 Sierra Jackson rated it it was amazing
Last year, I read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and I thought it was amazing! Although a mature book, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is interesting and reminds me of everyday life. The book was written in play form, so it was like I was actually observing this ongoing conversation. Throughout the book, there were many life lessons in between. The big take away I got was to do what makes you happy because if you try to please others then you won't be content with yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone be ...more
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The cat refers to a particular fantasy of femininity and feminine desire. The play's primary cat is Maggie, a typically hysterical, dissatisfied Williams heroine who prostrates herself before Brick. Maggie's loneliness has made her a "cat," hard, anxious, and bitter. The exhilaration of Williams's dramaturgy lies in the force of the audience's identification with this heroine, a woman desperate in her sense of lack, masochistically bound to man who does not want her, and made all the more beaut
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Korri
Dec 10, 2009 Korri rated it it was ok
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I've never been a fan of the fallen Southern family genre but Williams knows how to draw interesting characters. The only trouble is they belabor their problems without any revelation or charater development. I makes me want to drink until I hear the 'click' that Brick rambles on about. But it will be interesting to see the new all-black cast of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' in London...
Dirk McCall
Dec 29, 2007 Dirk McCall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did this play, at least I rehearsed the whole thing in the beginning of my acting career. Only performed monologues from it...the remainder was alone in my LA apartment. I was Brick and Big Daddy. I liked Big Daddy best, only wish I could have been as good as Burl Ives in the role.
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Jan 26, 2016 Morris Nelms rated it it was amazing
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I'm biased. I think Tennessee Williams is our Shakespeare. I don't really care what he writes about as long as he keeps creating that amazing dialogue. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is stunning. My nominee for The Great American Drama.
Maureen
Jul 25, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it
Tin roof not one of my favorite Williams plays, but the final scene in the movie between Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman is the hottest thing you've ever seen.
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در صورت تمایل، جهت مشخصات فیلمی که بر اساس این کتاب ساخته شده است؛ میتوانید از لینک زیر استفاده بفرمایید
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Ali
Oct 01, 2010 Ali rated it it was amazing
Intense and dramatic! I love his plays. Once you start reading you can't stop.
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Jun 05, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic - wonderful to analyse!
The mood is perfect.
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Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...more
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“--- What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? --- I wish I knew ...

Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can ...

[More croquet sounds]

Later tonight I'm going to tell you I love you an' maybe by that time you'll be drunk enough to believe me. Yes, they're playing croquet ...

Big Daddy is dying of cancer ...

What were you thinking of when I caught you looking at me like that? Were you thinking of Skipper?

[Brick crosses to the bar, takes a quick drink, and rubs his head with a towel]

Laws of silence don't work ...
When something is festering in your memory or your imagination, laws of silence don't work, it's like shutting a door and locking it on a house on fire in hope of forgetting that the house is burning. But not facing a fire doesn't put it out. Silence about a thing just magnifies it. It grows and festers in silence, becomes malignant ....
Get dressed, Brick.”
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“Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone, if the one that you love doesn't love you.” 22 likes
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