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Five Finger Exercise: A Play

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The first stage success from the author of EQUUS and AMADEUS. This family drama centers on a young German student who, coming to England to tutor the daughter of a well-to-do family, is drawn into the various individual dramas of these fractured, isolated people.
Paperback, 98 pages
Published February 20th 2015 by Samuel French (first published 1959)
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Yan Kai
Feb 24, 2015 Yan Kai rated it really liked it
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Tense, intense and amazing. I may or may not be in love with Clive.

Edit: I cannot give this a five anymore after reading Shrivings. I am sorry!
Stuart Aken
Oct 27, 2012 Stuart Aken rated it liked it
First performed in 1958, this is a play of its time. I’m not sure the modern generation would understand the subtleties of the upper middle class family and its seething social and class tensions. The addition of the German tutor as a fulcrum for change, so short a time after the war, would nowadays not have the power and relevance it must have had for an audience of the day. Of course, those of my own generation, and earlier, would appreciate these factors, but whether the play could be enjoyed ...more
Dec 06, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it
Can't say I loved this. I know it's early Shaffer, but it feels really dated, very much of the '50s domestic melodrama breed--warring parents, family division, resentful children, sensitive outsider becoming collateral damage.
Phillipe Bosher
Feb 26, 2014 Phillipe Bosher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the finest, darkest plays I've had the pleasure of reading.
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Sir Peter Levin Shaffer was an English dramatist, author of numerous award-winning plays, several of which have been filmed.

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