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All My Sons

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  11,501 ratings  ·  332 reviews
Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went on to make a lot of money. In a work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller's son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Herbert's daughter, the bitterness of George Kel ...more
Published 1947
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Update: 22 Nov

I'm listening to an interview with David Suchet just before he goes on to the stage to do this play. He talks about how to keep fresh and eager and new for every performance of a long-running play. I imagine, he says, that there will be just one person, just one who has never been to the theatre before and I play to that person. He wants to give the most wonderful experience to that person.

Oh David. If you only knew. I sat there watching you in this play a few months ago and sittin
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بسام عبد العزيز
تصادف أنني قرأت هذه المسرحية و مسرحية ابسن البطة البرية في نفس الأسبوع و اندهشت من التشابه الشديد بين المسرحيتين..

في كلتيهما لدينا الثري الغني الذي يرتكب جريمة و يضحي باحد عماله كمسئول عن تلك الجريمة ليهرب هو من العقاب.. و في كلتيهما يقوم الثري بتحمل مسئوليات اسرة العامل كثمن لتضحيته بالعامل.. و في كلتيهما أيضا تظهر الحقيقة على يد ابناء الثري المثاليين! هل هى صدفة بالفعل أم اقتباس و تأثر ؟ لا أعلم !

لكن الأغرب هو شعوري الشخصيات بغباء أبطال المسرحيتين.. فكلاهما يبدو و كانها لا يدرك الحقيقة التي
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Yousra
This is another book that I had to study for my English Language course, for Drama classes.

I hated the way the idea was presented ... So, when loosing your son you realize you've killed him and other youth who are the sons of other men as well and then you show regret and think "they're all my sons"!!! I had a big problem with the naive style of delivering the message behind this play or whatsoever, it was so direct and there were no twists at all to drag your attention or curiousity for readin
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jin jie
This play is deceptively easy to read; embedded within it is the multitude of layers in meanings regarding the social condition and the self. Though only spanning three acts, (and I must say I found the first act slightly confusing with the introduction of so many characters, which settled down in the subsequent acts), Miller has engineered a subtle progression of events towards the penultimate scene, reminiscent of the ending to another of his works, Death of a Salesman.

All My Sons features th
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Vanessa
In the space of two acts, I went from giving this a potential 3 star rating to a 5. Arthur Miller sure knows how to write a play, and the shocks just kept on coming with this one!

Going into this short three act play, I didn't think this would be one that would stick with me like 'The Crucible' did. Act 1 introduced a lot of characters at once, and I found it quite difficult to remember who was who. I found myself constantly flicking back to the character list, just to try to keep myself right.
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Bschenk05
I thought All My Sons was a solid book. The entire book is filled with drama and suspenseful interactions between characters. This book made me want to keep reading because of all the unanswered questions that are thrown at the reader through out the book. This book is very easy to read and doesn't take a lot of thinking to really understand what is happening throughout the story. I liked how this book was in play format because you have to observe each character by their words and actions to in ...more
James
A quick and potent read; I can see shades of Miller's later work in this play, and it is impossible not to think of John Proctor and Willy Loman when considering the choices of Joe Keller. I'm excited to see the play on Sunday and make sense of its two families, tied together by a possible crime committed at a factory during wartime. I think that its spare quality heightens its power; the epiphany at the end is a devastating one. The play has modern day implications as well, when considering wha ...more
Rachel M.
*Note: This book really has a 3.5 star rating!!!

**For a required reading book I use a different set of criteria when rating books, meaning that a 5-star rating for a required reading book is not necessarily comparable to a 5-star rating on a book that I read just for fun. In other words, my "just for fun" books that receive high ratings are truly great, but not for the same reasons that required reading books are. I would recommend my just for fun books to anyone, but I would only recommend my r
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Patrick McCoy
All My Sons by Arthur Miller is another volume from the Penguin Classics library that I have read. I really was impressed by his seminal plays Death of A Salesman and The Crucible, but I haven’t read anything else by him, so I decided to check this out. It is a sort of classic family tragedy that Miller makes into a sort of classic American tragedy. It has all the elements: lies, subterfuge, hubris, delusions and denial. A family friend Herbert Dever takes the fall for Joe Keller when parts from ...more
Forrest Hopkins
This book impacted me. The ending hits you like a train. Miller manages to fit several different themes--innocence, virtue, value, life, commercialism, apathy, guilt, corruption, and others--into this one relatively short play. I was tearing up towards the end, and that doesn't happen to me very much. This play reinforces very well how precious Life and Innocence are. It's one of my favorites, for sure.
Wael Mahmoud
The best American playwright i read for until now, although this play not as good as his masterpiece Death of a Salesman.

The characters are well presented, until the last page you discover something new about them. The plot is not very strong, and i didn't like its end. The language not poetic or got significant beauty but very expressing.

While Death of a Salesman is an important achievement in American modern plays, a pioneer in its characters Psychological presentation, All My Sons is a class
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Steven
The play involves a series of rueful revelations about a businessman and his family, and the secrets that lie beneath the seemingly upright nature of the central figure, Joe Keller. On the one hand, the play is superbly crafted. Miller doesn't launch directly into the drama, but rather establishes a general sense of foreboding. As the play develops, each revelation comes along just when it needs to. But the play comes off as overly tidy. The interconnections among the various characters are a bi ...more
Aidan Michael
The family became enemies and the father, Joe Keller dies or commits suicide.
Nicole K
A very subtle play.
Dylan Kawalec
This propelling play, features not only one of the greatest plot twists but one of the greatest morals we all can learn from. The development is set up perfectly, and the simplicity of the set is magnificent. Being in the area where we all can live and die, know and for tell is the one reason why I think this has one of the most vibrant plots of all time. Arthur miller out did himself with this one for sure. What I gained; the fact that living behind a coat of lies will not only kill you from th ...more
Sara Mohamed
I read this because I had to study it for my finals. Two times. I was trying to understand it before the exam.. Okay.. Kate was believing that her son -Larry- was still alive after 3 years from that day he was reported missing.. she planted a tree.. she was beliving that if that tree wasn't broken.. her son was still alive.
She asked Frank to make a Heroscope.. He was trying to prove that the day Larry was reported missing was his -Larry- favourable day.
Joe Keller.. the husband of Kate.. the own
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Realini
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
A very good play.

This may sound a bit anti-capitalist for my taste, but overall the intrigue is interesting.
We have a rich magnate- Joe Keller, who has a profitable factory, which he has expanded as his garden is smaller.
During the night, Larry’s tree has fallen and we learn that Larry is the missing son. His mother is still waiting for him.
But the others have realized that they should move on for Larry is not coming back.
In fact, his brother – Chris wants to marry La
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Jason Zheng
I just found every single character stupid and annoying
Mor Ventura
All My Sons is a great play. throughout the plot we got signs and hints about the truth related to the case with the cylinder heads by Joe Keller and Steve Deever and we the tension is really built up. I read it before two days in the third time - it's little bit frustrating reading it all at once again and again however it has a good important message - the choice between family loyalty and materialism to an idealism and caring to the world and the society. The characters are really unique.
Zaynah
All my sons is an emotional, psychological play based on a family drama. The play deals with the different bonds that hold a family together. It also tackles with the loss of a loved one and its aftermath. Arthur Miller uses simple language and built his characters in such a way that you're bound to connect with them. This play will evoke strong feelings at the end. Frustration, anger, sadness. This is the kind of book that doesn't leave you untouched.

This is the story of Joe Keller who years ag
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Ragaa Hatem
درست المسرحية في المدرسة جميلة
القيمة الخلقية فيها هي ما يعحبني فيها و هو ما واضح في العنوان ستكتشف الأمر عندما تقرأها
كنت قد درستها في الفصل الأول و قصة مدينتين في الفصل الثاني كنت معجبة بالثانية لكنني وجدت الأولى أفضل من الثانية خاصة في عمق الشخصية
كنت قد قرأت عن سطحية الشخصيات في قصة مدينتين و هو شعرته عندما قارنتها ب
all my sons
"الأديب العظيم هو من يدخل في عمق و طبقات النفس الإنسانية"
Mohamed Nour
I had this play in the English course at some school grade & I remember it like it was so boring, but I guess that was because I was obliged to read it.
When I re-read it, I just discovered I really misjudged one of the finest pieces of drama. A drama that, I believe, contains many deep thoughts (about politics, war, capitalism,...) far beyond the shown story.
René
Riveting drama from a master playwright.

This is a play about loyalty, about belonging, about morality and ethics. The complexity of the bonds between two families the Kellers and the Deevers is exposed when Annie, the Deevers' daughter, comes to spend the weekend with the Kellers. She was previously attached to Larry, a son that the Kellers lost in the war and can't mourn because they refuse to acknowledge his death. However, Chris, Larry's brother, has formed an attachment with Annie and intend
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Shlea
2.5 stars

Is it possible for anyone to enjoy school reads? This play makes me question this. To be completely honest, this play was slightly boring to me. This play takes place in one location only, the Keller's backyard. There isn't much action in the play, but more of life-changing epiphanies that revealed through endless dialogue. When having a school read, I think it is ESSENTIAL for the readers to be engaged and expressive when speaking. Most of the kids who read in my class were monotone an
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Jim Robles
I take violent exception to "the conflict between business ethics and personal morality," on hte back cover. There is none.

p. 83. KELLER [looking at letter in his hand]: Then what is this if it isn't telling me? Sure, he was my son. But I think to him they were all my sons. And I guess they were, I guess they were. I'll be right down. [Exits into house.]

Imago Dei for Stoics, Matthew 25:40 for Christians, etc. How large is your radius of identification?

p. 84. CHRIS: You can be better! Once and f
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Ashley Laurell
I picked this book up for required reading for my English class, however the book was better than the average piece of school reading. The story starts off slow but tension filled like being in the eye of a huge storm. The small town fill with everyday Joe type of characters who create an all together more realistic story. In the first act the audience is introduce to this older man, Joe and his family as well as their neighbors, because small towns are close in every aspect. Throughout the tal ...more
Robin Conley
I think the only reason I didn't give this five stars is because it's not something I would generally read again. Though, it is something I'd be interested in seeing performed someday. The writing was really great, and I could feel the tension between the characters as I read. It's the perfect example of using a situation where one character knows something the others don't to create tension, and Miller does it on a number of levels. I think the great thing about this play is there is just a con ...more
Bt
Nov 09, 2014 Bt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: There are plays I much prefer, but in terms of quality, you really can't go wrong with Miller.
Recommended to Bt by: Assigned reading for college sophomore Acting
Argh. If you know me, you know I don't like the ending and you know that this sort of ruins the play for me. But booooooooy, Arthur Miller sure can write dialogue and sure can write a unique, gripping, interesting, emotional story with highly complex characters. I really enjoyed reading this the whole way and never got bored. DANG, those characters. DANG, that plot. I just wish Arthur Miller would write (view spoiler) ...more
Diana
I really did not expect to enjoy reading this play so much but it is one of the best I've read recently and I re-read it almost immediately. I hope to see it on stage at some point.
Alex Kartelias
Wow: did not expect such a good play. Similar to Death of a Salesman, but having the dynamic of a love story intertwined with a story on honor and on the social contract is phenomenal. I'm not sure whether Miller was rooting for one character or not, but I certaintely was for Chris: to think if my father were to lie about permitting faulty aircraft to be used in war, just to make money would make me beyond pist. And even though Chris's father claimed it was, 'for the family', it still doesn't cu ...more
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Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays, including celebrated plays such as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still studied and performed worldwide. Miller was often in the public eye, most famously for refusing to g ...more
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“Chris: I don't know why it is, but every time I reach out for something I want, I have to pull back because other people will suffer.” 56 likes
“I know you're no worse than most men but I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father.” 15 likes
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