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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
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notgettingenough
Nov 22, 2010 notgettingenough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Sura  ✿
Jan 05, 2016 Sura ✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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.”

Ann came back to her dead fiancée's family's home for a short visit , whereas Chris want to propose t her .Three years ago the father Joe Keler and his partner get involved in a corrupt arms deal and his partner get prisoned , and some hidden stories start to show up .

"i did it for my family "

we hide our greed behind the excuses of family and love , but indeed we do it because
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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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Vanessa
Jun 18, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
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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Marnie
Another book I think I'll like more after studying it...We shall see!
Siv30
Feb 01, 2016 Siv30 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"מחזה המתרחש באוגוסט 1947 בארה""ב. האירועים המתוארים בו מתרחשים בין בוקר יום א עד קצת אחרי השעה 2 בלילה של היום למחרת. בלילה אחד משתנים לבלי הכר ומתמוטטים לעניי הקורא כמו מגדל קלפים. במשך 3 וחצי שנים, ניהלה משפחת קלר חיים שקטים. אומנם הבן הגדול לארי נעלם במלחמה, אבל האם בטוחה שהוא ישוב והבן והאב לא רוצים לערער את שלוותה הנפשית. אבל סימנים לסערה הרוחשת מתחת לפני השטח נראים כבר בתחילת המחזה עם הגילוי על כריתתו של העץ שניטע לזכרו של הבן הבכור לארי. ביום ראשון הגורלי, גם אן, ארוסתו של לארי מגיעה לפת ...more
jin jie
May 01, 2014 jin jie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Yousra
Feb 24, 2014 Yousra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Karim Abdel-Khalek‎
“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.”
Jess Zahra
Reread in June 2015
Well, thanks to IGCSE English Literature, I unfortunately came across this play. And after two years of analysing the symbolic nature of grape juice (wtf?!) I can say that I no longer find his play entertaining. I think that reading the script and seeing a play acted out on stage are two incomparable experiences, the latter of which I have not had the opportunity to do.
Chris' "phony idealism" is exactly that - phony and frustrating. I can honestly say that I detest every si
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Ananya Ghosh
This was a drama I had to read for class and class discussion is still left, so I can't go on about critical aspects of it. But I'd say the story was engaging enough. The first act did get complicated with the introduction of a number of characters, plus I felt it wasn't properly written to set the pace. The second and third acts were much better. The ending was known to me, that Joe will shoot himself, but the reason why wasn't known.
The story is medium paced and doesn't work sometimes, the ch
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Dalia
Jul 02, 2015 Dalia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
بدأت بالمقدمة كالعادة، وهو ما جعلني على دراية كاملة باحداث المسرحية خاصة مع التفاصيل التي تعرضها، لكن الاحساس الذي انتابني الا فارق بين احداث هذه المسرحية وقضية الأسلحة الخربة التي تسببت في هزيمة 1948، الفارق ببساطة أن بائع السلحة هنا ينكر أنه تسبب في قتل الأبرياء ولو حتى من بني بلده، فهو قد باع محركات طائرات معيوبة، والمفارقة أن ابنه طيار، وأنه اختفى تمامًا وتم اعتباره في عداد القتلى، بل وكان ينفي الأمر بادعائه أن ابنه كان يقود نوعًا من الطائرات غير الذي باعه، فهو إذن لم يتسبب في مقتله، إلى أن ...more
Sylwia
Jan 18, 2016 Sylwia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I. Does it represent/portray and do it well?

I’m sure it represents its setting fairly well.

II. Does it teach me something or make me think?

It made me think about the concepts of community-family and actual-family, and the moral codes related to those concepts, as it was meant to make me think about.

III. Does it perpetuate healthy ideals?

I think it perpetuate a type of ideal, possibly a healthy one. This would be up for debate. I don’t think it perpetuates anything unhealthy, though.

IV. How was t
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Bschenk05
May 13, 2014 Bschenk05 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emre Coskun
The plot was impressing, considering the challenges associated with writing off of a true story from the past. Not that the play isn't written well, but i can't seem to like reading plays in English. However, it is certainly one of the plays with very insightful and complementary stage directions. You might enjoy it if you'd be interested in a mysterious event from the world war II, but not completely about the war itself. Lastly, a prologue would have been nice, since it was left to the reader' ...more
Sheri
Nov 05, 2015 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard a bad synopsis of this and was skeptical about how the whole "older brother committed suicide because his father was selling cracked heads" could have played out, but it does in fact work (in large part because there was only one batch of cracked heads). The Kellers are great "popular" people (reminds me of Galinda in Wicked); charming and convincing and successful. Joe's not very moral position (and questionable justification) works in the course of the play and the unfolding was gr ...more
Bookish Dervish
Jan 02, 2016 Bookish Dervish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the chance and the pleasure of reading this play when I was a university student, I read it basing on the recommendation of my "American culture" teacher Ammar... The plot was brilliant, the dialogues were revealing. Does the play represent the American society? Yye, Nope. It is kind of Nes. Yes and No. It is a dual, between personal Versus National interests. I am grateful to Arthur Miller for this play which taught me a lot about Drama, English language and hints on American way of think ...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
Sep 20, 2011 Patrick McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, plays
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
Oct 01, 2014 Forrest Hopkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tango
Jul 08, 2015 Tango rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tension builds beautifully to a very fitting, if shocking, climax. An effective exploration of the ongoing impact of war and those who stand to profit.
Emma Iadanza
The writing was too repetitive, but I feel like it would make more sense to have seen it rather than have acted it out in class. I know that plays are meant to be how people speak, but it was very simplistic. I didn't really enjoy it.
I played Annie :)
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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Luce
Feb 11, 2016 Luce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As good as a school read can be. Yes, a lot to think about when it comes to morals, family and what is right, but I just can't enjoy school books.
Steven
Apr 08, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, plays, american
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
Aug 06, 2014 Aidan Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The family became enemies and the father, Joe Keller dies or commits suicide.
Nicole K
A very subtle play.
Lalit Jindal
Jul 06, 2016 Lalit Jindal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The balance between determinism and freewill, that seems to be Miller’s preoccupation in these early plays.
How much of Joe Keller’s crimes are his personal responsibility and how much of it can be fairly rationalized, like he tries to do in the second act? If we take the deterministic attitude towards life, do we deserve praise for our wins or condemnation for our crimes? If “Cause” is out of our control, can we be blamed for the “Effect”?
Miller comes down for freewill, even if it is just for d
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Paula Quiroga
I like the play a lot. I read this play because it was recommend by my sister, Gissella. I love how this play ,showed a real life story and how it was back then. This play was very realistic,it showed how not every family is perfect even though it seems like it is. I love how in the beginning of the play everything seen so calmed. It started with Keller being with family, having fun and talking, like any normal family. They only had one sorrow, which was waiting on his son Chris that went missi ...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.” 69 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.” 28 likes
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