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Long Day's Journey into Night

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Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical play Long Day's Journey into Night isregarded as his finest work. First published by Yale University Press in 1956, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and has since sold more than one million copies. This edition includes a new foreword by Harold Bloom.
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1941)
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Mar 27, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Act 1 Eugene O'Neill jerks away the patchwork veil from the face of a family to reveal the anatomy of the skin, every pustule, all the carbuncles, discoloration and scars, the embarrassing halitosis, wax and hairs—the attributes that, up close, make us ugly human beings. Long Day's Journey Into Night is a naked insight to the brutal, unyielding properties that trap families into dysfunctional, vengeful, malignant relations.

Guilt, criticism, paranoia, competition, blame, hate, distrust, add
Feb 08, 2016 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eugene O`Neill scrie "Lungul drum al zilei către noapte" pentru a se elibera în primul rând pe sine de amintirile chinuitoare, de reproşurile trecute, de lupta morbidă dusă cu boala şi alcoolul în tinereţea sa.
Prin această piesă îşi mărturiseşte iertarea pentru ai săi, încercarea de a se ierta pe sine însuși și pe cei cu care și-a dus viața în chinul viciului, neînţelegerii, minciunii şi indiferenţei din familie.
Drama urmăreşte -pe parcursul unei singure zile, din zori și până la miezul nopţii -
Carol Storm
Nov 19, 2013 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's really sad to think that kids in high school are forced to read junk like DEATH OF A SALESMAN and THE CRUCIBLE when a great play like this one is almost forgotten.

The thing I love the most about this play is that it really feels like the story of a family where there is no hope. I know just what it's like when one parent is permanently checked out on drugs, or alcohol, and the other parent is trying to keep up a false front, and the kids are always either acting out or just pretending noth
The epigraph of Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical play says it was a 12th anniversary gift to his wife: "I mean it as a tribute to your love and tenderness which gave me the faith in love that enabled me to face my dead at last and write this play--write it with deep pity and understanding and forgiveness for all the four haunted Tyrones." The play was published in 1956, three years after O'Neill's death.

As the day turns into night, the four characters in the Tyrone family reveal more and m
Laura Leaney
Mar 17, 2014 Laura Leaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Joe Kocks
The first time I ever saw Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf I could not quite believe that people could drink that much and live. And I thought this despite the fact that I come from a drinking family. The alcohol in Albee’s play operates not so much as a numbing agent, but as an alchemic incendiary to the verbal abuse that transforms four intelligent people into harpies of the worst kind.

In O’Neill’s play, the focus is also on four people, members of an Irish-American family – a father, m
This has been in my reading list for ages, and now that I finally managed to grab the thing for a reading challenge, it couldn't fly any faster to my list of absolute must-sees. With the likes of Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, and Hadley Fraser starring, the adaptation at the Bristol Old Vic would be a dream, but the circumstances are what they are, so this will just have to wait.

Reading a play instead of seeing it performed can be complicated and underwhelming. No such problem here. Long Day's
Loved this so much. Need to see this play performed.

And several other times in my life, when I was swimming far out, or lying alone on a beach, I have had the same experience. Became the sun, the hot sand, green seaweed anchored to a rock, swaying in the tide. Like a saint's vision of beatitude. Like a veil of things as they seem drawn back by an unseen hand. For a second you see -- and seeing the secret, are the secret. For a second there is meaning! Then the hand lets the veil fall and you ar
Don Incognito
Don't read this play if you or your family have a history of drug addiction and/or alcoholism and you don't want to be reminded of it. This play is about the disintegration of a family whose members are, variously, addicted to drugs or alcohol; tormented by the failure of their dreams; or dying from disease on top of the other problems.

That said...this is a fascinating play with a explosive end. The first three acts are so quiet in comparison, in their depiction of the Tyrone family's individual
Christopher Rush
It's hard to really "like" this play, considering it's so painful, especially knowing what happens and reading it again and seeing how genuinely happy things are (or at least seem to be) on the first page. Literature isn't often as "courageous" as people say it is, but O'Neill's play is a remarkably courageous act - I doubt I'd be willing to memorialize my worst memories and experiences for all time for all to see. Not that my experiences were anywhere near as tragic as his ... which makes his w ...more
Emily Mack
It was a great mistake, my being born a man, I would have been much more successful as a sea gull or a fish. As it is, I will always be a stranger who never feels at home, who does not really want and is not really wanted, who can never belong, who must always be a little in love with death!

^ These words are spoken by Edmund (O'Neill's autobiographical stand-in) in the late pages of the play. And I think they very much capture the mood and tension that so densely fog the lives of the Tyrones --
Long Day's Journey into Depression.
Jan 15, 2015 Khadija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years ago i had a professor who used to tell me that you can't say you read plays if you havent read Eugene O'Neil's ones yet !He was right .what genuis can write such beautiful piece of art??What shattred dramatist can use the sorrow ,"the tears ,and the blood "to write this wonderful play full of pitiless honestY ? another great work that talks about the importance of the past ,past memories ,past dreams ,and past as it is . Yes in the play,The unbearable past haunts everything , even a past t ...more
Momina Masood
Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually.

What an utterly beautiful play! This is my second of O'Neill and I am completely won over. Where naturalist and realist fiction takes on life with the sharp gaze of the one who doesn't cringe, symbolist literature says:

Don't look at me as if I'd gone nutty. I'm talking sense. Who wants to see life a
Jan 22, 2012 Frankie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to read this in World Drama class years ago, but I admit shamefully that I skimmed it. Now, knowing the autobiographical context and the actual accuracy of O'Neill's family history portrayed here, I couldn't help but feel emotionally invested. In the dedication to his wife at the beginning, O'Neill describes it as "this play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood." Sounds melodramatic, and the first half may indeed seem so. But for me this play carries a sucker punch. Th ...more
Dec 20, 2007 Weinz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Weinz by: Bookstore Customer
Completely depressing and beautiful. After reading this play it is clear why O'Neill chose to have it published posthumously because of its autobiographical nature. O'Neill used his own name for the baby that died young and ended up being the trigger for so much of the family’s dysfunction. The rich dialogue and intense relationships bring your emotions right into the Tyrone family and their turmoil. There was substance abuse in every member of the family. It was interesting the different levels ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Headcount rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You wont like this book unless you have some stodgy English professor explain all the allegorical motifs that come at certain times. However, I found this to be a masterpiece. Not to be a spoiler, but the wife is addicted to Morphine and her sons are alcoholics. Uplifting story it isn’t, but the way it is crafted and acted out was way ahead of it’s time. This might be the one time you can watch the video and then read it. Either way, this was one Eugene’s best including the Ice Man Cometh.
Sep 10, 2011 AB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, pulitzer, author-m
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Amy Umlah
Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill Review
I absolutely loved this play. Kinds of unexpected because I generally steer clear of plays since I much prefer YA and Fantasy instead, but I loved this one. It was a nice surprise and I much have finished in like 2-3 hours because I couldn’t put it down. Hell it even made me cry at the end because I was so invested in the characters and what they were going through, I only wish there had been more than the one day in their lives for me to enj
Everything looked and sounded unreal. Nothing was what it is. That's what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself.

Okay, that was so good. But really depressing. It's a little difficult to read sometimes, because it's so realistic and, of course, tends to be painful. This is a story of a family who slowly descends to ruin; a domestic tragedy that will truly reverberate in the hearts of the readers. Enter Mary, the mother of two sons, a
Jun 04, 2014 Realini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill

This is an outstanding play. And that should have been the end of the “review”.

What more can you add, and why waste someone’s time with some words which cannot possibly contribute to an already established, acclaimed work. I am not sure who, if anybody reads past the first two sentences, but my original plan had my family in mind: daughter- not wife- she never listens to me when I talk, why would she go to the trouble of accessing goodreads or my bl
Samantha Mccoy
Sep 17, 2013 Samantha Mccoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this for my 20th Century American Drama Grad class..the play (which I also watched actors play in movies via YouTube--I especially liked the one where Jack Lennon is playing James Tyrone and Kevin Spacey is playing Jaime Tyrone) was interesting because each on the main characters comment on the others addictions but are blind of their own, until the very last act where the three men acknowledge their own issues. Mary Tyrone, the mother goes from present to past, high to low, unhapp ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5 stars...that's kind of rare. And decently unexpected. I didn't know what I was getting into[though Blatz had called him America's greatest playwright]. On a side note, for class, I plan to reenact the final scene, starting from Mary's entrance - it should be interesting.

When I think about it, I'm not altogether sure why I chose to give this five stars. A good many times, I tend to say it'd be better onstage, and leave it at that. But while this would be, indeed, amazing onstage, it was a
Feb 15, 2016 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is kind of brilliant. The buried resentments of the family are so tangible and the family dysfunction so palpable the play was as gripping as it was distressing. As the appearance of civility unravels just reading this feels like the long journey itself.
Vi MacDonald
This play is brilliant.
I don't think I've seen the strain, bubbling discomfort and dysfunction of family life portrayed with such intensity, realism and emotional brutality in any other play.
May 15, 2016 max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 03, 2015 Frank rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dramatic, bi-polar Irish family overreacts to everything. More at 11.
Jun 16, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Amazing if depressing play about a dysfunctional family in the early part of the 20th century (to be exact, August 1912). Unlike some of the other O'Neill plays I have read, this one has extensive stage directions which are critical if you have never seen a performance. I have seen the film with Jason Robards and Katherine Hepburn years ago -- as I read, I could recall certain scenes vividly!

While nothing much actually happens during this play, the family is slowly laid bare. The weaknesses of
Moira Russell
Shattering as ever. Just like rereading Oedipus Rex for the nth time. I always think, "This time I'll be objective, I'll be able to analyze it just as a work of art," and no, I'm purged and limp by the ending as always.
May 08, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A volte è sorprendente in quali vicoli ciechi ci può portare l'inerzia. Come nella famiglia Tyrone, in cui nessuno fa nulla per uscire dal circolo vizioso che si crea a rivangare e rivangare e pensare a se stessi, gli altri, passato, presente e futuro sempre seduti su una sedia, mentre fuori regna la nebbia.
In realtà la riflessione che diventa paralitica è stato un argomento trattato in maniera trionfante in Amleto, non ho ancora letto un libro che ne parlasse meglio. Ma qui siamo ad uno stadio
Mar 16, 2010 §-- rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Wow, these people were messed up. But, like any writing, the autobiography here is not relevant to the play as a work of art.

As far as that goes, this is brilliant. One gets the sense that, as it was said of Chekhov's plays, nothing happens and everything happens. All of the important action has already happened by the time Act One happens; the rest is just re-telling it and re-living it. The audience is given no reason--other than that there is a play about it--that this day is any different f
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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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“None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.” 171 likes
“Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually.

Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will. But be drunken.”
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