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All My Sons

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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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notgettingenough



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...more
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....more
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...more
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
...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
Carthya Herondale
If I failed the IGCSE Literature exam I did today for this play I'm going to rate this one star...

Just kidding...

Obviously, I only read this because we were studying this at school (why would anyone read a play instead of watch it, I don't understand) so I had no idea how to rate this book. I didn't enjoy this perhaps as much as I did to my other, non-school novels. However, this doesn't mean I didn't like the play. Despite the fact that we've been trying to study it to the death, I can still fe...more
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...more
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...more
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...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.
Kiwan Bisn
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Sarah
I thought this was going to be a lighthearted, quaint, maybe even funny play.
NOPE.
That' ending was emotional. The last thirty pages are intense yet they just get progressively more intense and just when you think your heart rate actually might slow down - it doesn't. And BANG. It ends.
If you are looking for a quick emotional read about father son relationships, morality, life after the Second World War, or love, faith, and humanity then I would highly recommend this book. It will blow you awa...more
Patrik Hallberg
This is my third book by Arthur Miller and the best so far. It's a moral play, not about right or wrong, but about that men cannot walk away from certain of their deeds. Miller says himself that this play is influenced by Ibsen in two ways. The first one is to create a play based on a factual bedrock and the second one is that a situation in Ibsen's plays is never stated but revealed in terms of hard actions, irrevocable deeds and sentiment is never confused with the action it conceals. The magi...more
Mery
Pertama kali baca ini pas mata kuliah Drama 1.
Mr. Keller and Mr. Deever adalah rekan bisnis perusahan suku cadang pesawat terbang yang digunakan untuk perang. Suatu hari beberapa suku cadang mengalami gagal produksi, namun Keller yang tidak mau rugi tetap mengirimkan nya ke pemerintah. Alhasil, beberapa pesawat jatuh dan pilot nya meninggal dunia. Namun Keller tidak mengakui hal tersebut sehingga pemerintah menuduh Deever dan menjebloskan Deever ke penjara.

Keller mempunyai anak bernama Larry yan...more
Ashley
VOYA Evaluation Code: 5Q, 2P
Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts:
I decided to read this play when it hit Broadway this past year. It’s considered a “classic” by the “classic-determiners” (don’t really know who that is, but nonetheless), and it also has been mentioned to me that this is a great text to study inside the context of ‘The American Dream,’ (and no, not the wrestler, Dusty Roads…) a subject of great interest to me. I really enjoyed reading The Crucible, so I’m hoping this play will be ano...more
Syrdarya
I recently saw a performance of All My Sons and wanted to read the actual play. The version I saw eliminated the little boy's role, which was a good call, as that's perhaps the weakest part of the play.

The play is about two families, the Kellers and the Deevers. Joe Keller ran a company with his neighbor, Steve Deever, where they made airplane parts for the military during World War II. One day they sent out faulty parts and a bunch of pilots died as a result. When the problem was traced to thei...more
Ryan
Arthur Miller's All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller. Keller sold defective cylinders to the air force and 21 pilots died in the Second World War because of it. His money is "covered in blood," but Joe remains free, having sent his partner to prison in his place. Now, his son, Chris, and his partner's daughter, Ann, are about to marry, almost like a fairytale romance. Unfortunately, Joe's shameful past threatens to ruin the fairytale.

Miller wrote All My Sons to be a tragedy. He went on to w...more
Michael
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Tarp Jones
All My Sons pits two powerful forces—the devastation wrought by war, and the safety and comfort of family—against each other in a drama that plays out over the course of just one day. The rational cynic within each of us knows that poor Larry is dead, another one of those “dear dead boys beyond recall,” but the mother within never gives up hope. Is it easier to live by pretending Larry is alive? That question leads to another—is it easier to live by pretending that Keller is innocent? The willi...more
علی
همه، پسران من"، اولین نمایش نامه ی معروف آرتور میللر است که در اواخر جنگ جهانی دوم نوشته شده، و موضوع آن نیز به نوعی مربوط به جنگ است. اگرچه "همه پسران من" مثل "مرگ فروشنده"، خوش ساخت نیست اما موضوعی گیرا و تراژیک دارد. اجرای صحنه ی این نمایش نامه را، با بازی زنده یاد یدالله شیراندامی در نقش "جو کلر"، پدر خانواده، در دانشگاه تهران به یاد دارم. آخرین ترجمه ی این نمایش نامه در فارسی، از حسن ملکی ست که جزو انتشارات "نسل قلم" در 1376 منتشر شده است.
Most of Arthur miller’s plays such as “A View from t...more
Ingrid Kirkegaard
Gotta love Arthur Miller and his spiralling, tightening noose of a plot line. All my Sons examines where a father's responsibility ends. Is it enough to work for his own family, or does he bear a responsibility for other men's sons as well?

Miller's answer is that he does. Miller's business is with the businessman who thinks money replaces honour if it's made for the family. Lying, even during a war, causes tragedy. Lying costs lives -- and it is the father who must bear the burden, make the sac...more
Lisa Cook
Wow! It appears I had never really read enough before to really appreciate what a fantastic playwright he truly is. Yes, I loved The Crucible and Death of a Salesman when I read them, in high school, but this is the first work of Miller's I'd read for myself. I was not disappointed.

The way that Arthur Miller is able to capture familial drama is simple mind-blowing. Using a long-since past tragedy to show just how much and how little people have changed, Miller is able to create something magica...more
Myron
All My Sons is a post war tragedy where two families are torn apart. Mistakes of the past come to burden the Kellers while memories of the war still haunts them. This play depicts the struggle of the average American family after the war as they are pushed to the limit.

I believe that watching the play would be much better than reading, however I have to review this as a book only. As this is a short book it is fast paced as the portrayal of the neighbourhood quickly turns from being open and fri...more
Sivananthi T
After watching The Crucible and finding it a sharp reminder of events present today, I was tempted to read some of Millers other plays. All My Sons was his first successful play. The themes of a strong materialistic, profiteering world, of which some are sacrificed for the choices and decisions of others still remains with us. Getting to the truth is a difficult, and emotionally haranguing process as with all Miller plays. Still prophetic and still relevant for our times.
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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.” 43 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.” 8 likes
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