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Complete Works, Vol. 4: Old Times / No Man's Land / Betrayal / Monologue / Family Voices (Complete Works #4)

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This work collects some of the author's most famous writings, including plays, short stories, and essays.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1981)
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Feb 08, 2009 Stephanie added it
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All I seem to be able to reliably finish lately are plays. Anyway, read this because I'm woefully ignorant of Pinter's work, especially given his status and influence, and was actually pleased and surprised by the plays. Don't know exactly what I was expecting, but something different.

Of these, Betrayal was my favorite, and I liked but definitely did not get No Man's Land. Still not rating collections of plays, though (and perhaps not plays generally, haven't decided yet).
Like the British reticence, minimalist dialogue.

No Mans Land:
--drink order: As it is? (neat, ice-free)(that overheard term inspired the play)
--given a drink: Terribly kind of you
--raised empty glass: Who's the kindest among you?
109..bugger off
222..Emma,after being quizzed about letter: we're lovers
....Robert: Ah. Yes. I thought it might be something like that, something along those lines.

I really like Harold Pinter's plays. That is my latest discovery! Interesting, often incomprehensible, with beginnings set in media res and endings that make no sense; I delighted in whatever plot I could follow and thoroughly enjoyed the nonsense I could not. This will not be the last time I dabble in Pinter!
My first encounter with Pinter by text rather than reputation. Startling, dangerous, contemptuous, infuriating but never dull. Even when it should be.
Sam Ruddick
"betrayal" and "no man's land" are excellent, of course, but "old times" is astonishing.
Stuart Estell
Reading these has made me want to explore much more of Pinter's works...
I like Old Times the best.
Mar 27, 2007 Cheyanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, political activist and poet. He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career in 1951, touring throughout Ireland. From 1952,...more
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