The Breath of Life: A Play
by David Hare
Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.” Gauguin’s epigram serves as the motto for this moral tale of two women, both in their sixties, whose lives are interwoven in ways neither of them yet understands. Madeline Palmer is a retired curator, living alone on the Isle of Wight. One day Frances Beale comes to her door, a woman she has met only once, who is now enjoying...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 13th 2003 by Faber & Faber
(first published August 13th 2002)
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The plot of The Breath of Life reminds me of the play Enigma Variations by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, in which two men talked about the woman they love. In The Breath of Life Madeleine Palmer and Frances Beale reveal to each other about Martin, who has left for a younger woman in Seattle.
A fascinating and very intense play which I *really* wish I could've seen in London - Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith must have been phenomenal. Fortunately I was able to picture the two of them while reading the play, and although it wasn't as good as seeing the play, it did help.