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The Complete Plays: The Hostage / The Quare Fellow / Richard's Cork Leg / Moving Out / A Garden Party / The Big House

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This volume contains everything Brendan Behan wrote in dramatic form in English

Contains the three famous full-length plays: The Quare Fellow, set in an Irish prison ("In Brendan Behan's tremendous new play language is out on a spree, ribald, dauntless and spoiling for a fight … with superb dramatic tact, the tragedy is concealed beneath layer after layer of rough comedy" O
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 10th 1978 by Eyre Methuen (first published January 1st 1978)
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Paul Long
Dec 11, 2016 Paul Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished reading The Quare Fellow in this book.
Brenda
Jul 21, 2008 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vaudevillians, jokesters and Irishmen
I only read "Richard's Cork Leg."

Various shenanigans occur in an Irish cemetary then move on to an upstanding citizen's house, then back to the cemetary. Prostitutes, rebels, Republicans, Blueshirts, loose women and fast men quip about religion, politics, war, drink, sex and the peculiarities of being Irish.

Not really a play, this piece is more a cross between a farce and a vaudeville act. I found it very funny but you may have had to have just watched "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" and/or "M
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jordan
Sep 17, 2008 jordan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I saw a production of The Hostage in DC years ago (at which I had my first Guinness), which was thoroughly enjoyable (and switched out the final song for "The Auld Triangle.") Still haven't gotten around to reading the rest of the plays, though every time I notice it on my list or on my shelf, I get "Streams of Whiskey" (The Pogues) in my head for the rest of the day.
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Brendan Francis Behan (Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin) (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.

Behan was born in the inner city of Dublin on 9 February 1923 into an educated working class family. He lived in a house on Russell Stree
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