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The Glass Menagerie

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  85,738 Ratings  ·  1,580 Reviews
The story of a mother, her son and daughter, and her daughter's suitor that brings to life human beings who cling to a dream world that can so easily be shattered into jagged pieces.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published June 17th 1999 by New Directions (first published 1945)
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Carol
Apr 08, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Tennessee Williams proclaims THE GLASS MENAGERIE "the saddest play I have ever written. It is full of pain. It's painful for me to see it."

The dysfunctional family portrayed in this drama brought back memories of Williams' own unhappy life while living in St. Louis. It is a story about a mother deserted by her husband long ago, still living in the youth of her past, who is constantly worried about her grown son's nightlife and job stability as well as her terribly shy and slightly "crippled" dau

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Eric Jay Sonnenschein
May 09, 2011 Eric Jay Sonnenschein rated it it was amazing
The Glass Menagerie is a great domestic tragedy with three very distinctive characters--the strong, proud Amanda, the weak and innocent Laura, and the realistic dreamer, Tom. One finds in this play an elegiac portrait of misery, rather than a scalding enactment of taboo. There is no one tragic event here, but a general condition of pathos. Instead of a classic conflict, The Glass Managerie depicts a lack of cooperation. We find in the Wingfield home no crime, but a chronic, aching social and eco ...more
Mariel
Dec 23, 2013 Mariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: savage night at the movies
Recommended to Mariel by: I was a late bloomer I moved in flourishes
The Glass Menagerie is a weird one for me. There's a better word for it than weird. I'm a crap writer though. I'll leave it at that. There's no thesaurus/mindreader thing for what I'm feeling.
There are stories that we know every word of before we've ever read, seen or heard them. The Glass Menagerie is one of those for me. We'd act out scenes and make references like we actually knew what we were talking about. (My mom especially loved the "rise and shine" routine.) Remember that scene in Joe Ve
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Huda Yahya
كل مرة أقرأ فيها لتينسي ويليامز
أقول لما لم أختر مسرحية ليوجين أونيل

فيما عدا عربة اسمها الرغبة
لا أجد لتينيسي ما يشبع نهمي للمسرح
ولا أجد معه المتعة التي عادة ما أنشدها في قراءة المسرحية

لقد اخترت هذه لشهرتها
ولكنني مرة بعد مرة لا أفهم سبب شهرة تينيسي المدوية

تجربة أقل من العادية بمراحل
Rowena
Mar 30, 2013 Rowena rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, readalongs
“The scene is memory and is therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.”

I really enjoyed this play, a lot more than I thought I would. It's a very short play but it managed to elicit all sorts of feelings from me,especially pity, mainly because the characters all carried some sort of burden or regret. There's the pushy, aba
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K.D. Absolutely
Early this month, my 15-y/o daughter, Jillian. who is studying in an all-girls school, asked me to write a monologue for the 7-y/o Noli Me Tangere character, Crispin. Each of them in the class was given a character in the novel with the objective of introducing all the characters to the class.

I used to write drama scripts in high school (Alamat ni Mariang Makiling) and college (The Silent Mourner) but those were a 2-3 decades ago. So, to help out, I read that chapter in Noli and wrote one. Jill
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams
عنوان: باغ وحش شیشه ای: نویسنده: تنسی ویلیامز؛ مترجم: حمید سمندریان؛
تنسی ویلیامز در تحلیل شخصیت آماندا میگوید: دوزخ در واقع خودِ آدمیست و تنها راه رهایی از آن از خود گذشتگی و مراقبت از دیگران است
و مورد تام: زمانی هست که آدم باید برود، حتی اگر مقصدش نامعلوم باشد
و در مورد لورا: شخصیتهای شکننده و منزوی که از زندگی هراس دارند، در باطن قویترین آدمها هستند
در باغوحش شیشهای هیچکس نمیبیند. همه گویی در رویا گام برمیدارند و تماس خود را با واقعیت تلخ پیرامون از دست دا
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Nancy
Feb 15, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it
A modern play, to me, about disillusionment. Main characters include Amanda (delusional, childish, dependent, desparate mother), Laura (inhibited, painfully shy daughter), Tom (restless, dreamer, poet, narrator/son), Jim (optimistic, hopeful, gentleman caller). A play about misdirected dreams and ambitions. Amanda places her dreams in her children. Tom places his dreams in adventure and traveling the world like his absentee father. Laura places her dreams of happiness in her glass menagerie coll ...more
Fiona
What is it with the Scottish school syllabus, that it's so obsessed with early twentieth century American playwrights? This is the second Tennessee Williams I've had to teach this year - and not so much as a Shakespeare to be seen. The Scots playwrights don't fare any better - there's a ton of Scottish poetry on the syllabus, but even for Liz Lochhead the poetry's all we get.

Anyway, my copy of The Glass Menagerie has a favourable quote from Arthur Miller on the back, which I think falls under th
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Thomas
Mar 07, 2013 Thomas rated it it was amazing
A lot of the literature I've read for school this year has disappointed me. It's great that we got to read and watch The Glass Menagerie as part of my AP Lit class, because I reclaimed my title as extremely obsessive fanboy extraordinaire.

There's just so much to love in this play. Williams' writing is exquisite and his utilization of symbols leaves myriad room for analysis. His deep and damaged characters call for discussion: Amanda Wingfield, the ambitious and heady mother of Laura and Tom, Lau
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Mahdie Bjr
Apr 28, 2015 Mahdie Bjr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هرروز صبح كه مي آي به اتاق منو بيدارم ميكني و ميگي: بلندشو جگرگوشه من مثل خورشيد بدرخش، من پيش خودم ميگم: چه خوشبختن كساني كه مرده ان!
واسه خودش شاهكاري بود! رويا بايد انگار هميشه رويا بمونه والا عين تمام واقعيت ها تلخ ميشه...
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jun 08, 2013 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-long-ago
One of my favorite plays. I remember talking about it with a friend in high school, where we realized that from his perspective the play was about Tom, and from my perspective the play was about Laura. I guess it just depends who you are and where you are at in life.

(I'm surprised I've never marked this as read before, and now I'll go off on a play spree.)

"Being different is nothing to be ashamed of. Because other people are not such wonderful people. They're one hundred times one thousand. You'
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Connie
This memory play, narrated by an older Tom Windfield, is a look back at events when he was a young adult. Tom's father was "a telephone man who fell in love with long distance" and walked away from his family years ago. His overbearing mother was left to raise their two children. Amanda lives in her memories of being a pampered Southern belle. She does not have the skills needed in the modern world. Amanda worries about her daughter, Laura, who has a limp and is painfully insecure. Laura retreat ...more
Rana Heshmati
Dec 31, 2013 Rana Heshmati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: Boshra
قبلا بحثش را کرده بودیم. سر کارگاه علوم 91 توی غرفه مان؛ زنگ تماشا، و حتی خانم سپینود ناجیان هم حضور داشتند! و حتی فیلمش، اینجا بدون من، راهم دیده بودم.... با این همه، خواندنش کیفی داشت. و نفس داشتن و خواندنش، برایم مثل یک معجزه بود. چراکه دلم می خواست بخوانمش و به هیچکس هم چیزی نگفته بودم.... اما برایم رسید :] از آسمان :دی
ممنونم از خانم توکلی و بشری جانم :)
Kathy Worrell  ツ
5 Stars!!! I forgot just how great this short classic was!
Çağdaş
Apr 11, 2016 Çağdaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oyun, kitapligim
Bugünlerde dünya, şimşeklerle aydınlanıyor.
Anca
May 13, 2009 Anca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10, seen-on-stage
First, I've seen the play. That helped a lot in my figuring out Williams' detailed directions. I loved the play when I saw it, meaning I loved loved loved it. Although it added to the Tom-Amanda relationship a more ironical shade and left out the dramatic part in favor of the comic, it didn't (for me) left out possible mind-playing with the actors while reading (I'm probably not making much sense here). Anyway, I rarely meet a piece of writing whose characters' point of views I can totally under ...more
Obsidian
Apr 05, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
After being blown away by "A Streetcar Named Desire" I am glad that I stuck with finishing up this play though it no longer counts toward Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for 2016.

I really enjoyed this play looking at what is left of the Wingfield family (Amanda, Tom, and Laura).

Amanda (the mother) reminds me a saner version of Blanche DuBois from "A Streetcar Named Desire". Amanda is caught up in her past of receiving gentleman callers prior to agreeing to marry Tom and Laura'
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Mahsa
Oct 17, 2015 Mahsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
آدم ها با واقعیت هایِ تلخِ زندگیشون یکسان برخورد نمیکنن. در آخر هم نه کسی که واقعیت رو کورکورانه انکار میکنه بَرَنده س و نه کسی که اون رو اونقدر بزرگ میکنه که مجبور میشه به دنیایِ خیالیِ خودش پناه ببره...
نمایشنامه قشنگی بود.
Claudia
Sep 11, 2015 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Psyche von Laura ist sehr genau skizziert, was den Verdacht aufkommen läßt, dass T. Williams mit ähnlichen Problemen zu kämpfen hatte.
Im Vorwort steht auch etwas von einer psychisch belasteten Jugend.

Meiner Meinung nach hat er die Charaktere gut beschrieben, wenn auch etwas plakativ: die Schwache, die Egozentrische, den Skrupellosen (Traumtänzer), den Selbstbewussten.

Zur Geschichte: Laura hat eine leichte Behinderung am Bein; sie ist deswegen sehr introvertiert und lebt in ihrer eigenen Welt
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Duffy Pratt
Jul 17, 2011 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it
Shelves: play
This was part of our required reading in high school, so I never read it. I had a little game then: the challenge was to continue to be a straight A student in English without ever reading any of the assigned work. I got caught only once. We were doing A Separate Peace. After one exam, the teacher was very disappointed with how the class had done as a whole. The day she handed back the exams, she also gave us a pop quiz: 20 multiple choice questions about events in the books. I got an A on the e ...more
Jennifer
Jul 04, 2007 Jennifer added it
Recommends it for: anyone without a lot of spare time
My life has been a bit frought recently and I've been wanting to sit down and read something but haven't had the inclination to dive into anything too big. The Glass Menagerie was on my shelf - it's a short play by Tennessee Williams - it couldn't be more than 100 pages in paperback.

Anyone who knows of Tennessee Williams from seeing his plays will really enjoy reading his work. I thought he was extremely tuned into the characters - and the stage direction was really comprehensive. I got the impr
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Aubrey
3.5/5

A sad, sad trinket of a family bound by dead hopes that are constantly panic-revived into desperation. The mother has dreams for her children that are constantly thrust into them with the forceful insistence of a buzzing gnat; whining reminders of the future and futile efforts of inspiring action through persisting noise. One can either flee the waves of reproach or fully succumb to them, abandon all to find something better or cave in on oneself in full denial of reality. These reactions a
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Shannon (leaninglights)
The epitome of term 'dysfunctional family.' I enjoyed this - definitely not as much as Streetcar - but I found it a bit dry at times. Would have liked more development on Tom and Laura. I also want to read up more on Tennessee Williams, as the content of this play was inspired by his own sister.
Leonard
Mar 26, 2016 Leonard rated it really liked it
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Milka
Jun 07, 2016 Milka rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, plays
A Streetcar Named Desire is one of my favorite plays (and movies) of all time and I have been meaning to read more Tennessee Williams for years! I was able to find The Glass Menagerie from the very small collection of plays my local library has in English and instantly read it through on one sitting. I immensely enjoyed the play itself, in addition to which I found myself enjoying the process of reading plays again. I was a theatre/film major for my undergrad and I feel like the amount of plays ...more
Tina Radvand
Mar 21, 2015 Tina Radvand rated it it was amazing
اولین نمایشنامه ای بود که خوندم خیلی لذت بردم
Cathy DuPont
Jan 21, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a southerner (Florida is in the south, folks, regardless of what the pundits say) I am not a well read southern reader of southern literature. That is unfortunate but a fact I now confess publicly.

However, I have some friends in Jeff Keeten and Mike Sullivan who are both southerners and are very well read on southern literature which, by the way, I consider a stand alone genre. Think they would agree and say the same.

Both are members of the On The Southern Literary Trail, a Goodreads Gro
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
“Oh, be careful – if you breathe, it breaks!”

That's what Laura is.. A piece of glass beautifully shaped into an ephemeral structure,which breaks at the slightest wind.. Like glass,she is transparent and devoid of any stains of people of her age and society.. She has no wish of her own,and silently obeys her mother.. What a fragile being she is.! So different from others,and always left to a corner or wanting to be in a corner.. And how all that breaks at the wave of a hand,just like the horn of
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Arwen56
Non è un’opera semplice da recitare. Prima di leggerne il testo, ho guardato un paio di rappresentazioni teatrali: una discreta e una che non mi soddisfatto per nulla. Il pericolo, infatti, è cadere nell’esagerazione nel mostrare queste persone che, sostanzialmente, stanno tutte morendo dentro.

Amanda, la madre, benché non sia priva di senso pratico e di una certa determinazione, è tuttavia ancorata al ricordo del mondo della propria giovinezza, un sud salottiero e privilegiato, in cui la conver
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Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...more
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