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The Glass Menagerie

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  92,254 Ratings  ·  1,812 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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Nov 15, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it
Over the course of the last month I have read the classic plays of Tennessee Williams. Williams' first successful play, The Glass Menagerie initially opened in Chicago in the spring of 1944 and then moved to New York three months later. What he dubs a memory play, The Glass Menagerie focuses on a family much like Williams' own family, and hones in on the human emotions that allow a family to function. Containing seven scenes all in one location and four characters, The Glass Menagerie is powerfu ...more
Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
Apr 20, 2014 Hailey (HaileyInBookland) rated it really liked it
*Reread for class 2017
Still a great play. I originally read this 5 or 6 years ago for my high school English class and it is so interesting now getting a new perspective in a university class.
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژانویه سال 2000 میلادی
عنوان: باغ وحش شیشه ای: نویسنده: تنسی ویلیامز؛ مترجم: حمید سمندریان؛ تهران، امیرخانی، 1378؛ در 145 ص؛ شابک: ایکس - 964921397؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نردبام، 1383؛ شابک: ایکس - 964960023؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
عنوان: باغ وحش شیشه ای (نمایشنامه در هفت پرده): نویسنده: تنسی ویلیامز؛ مترجم: مرجان بهت مینو؛ کرج، مینو، 1381؛ در 112 ص؛ شابک: 9647487010؛ چاپ دوم 1382؛ چاپ سوم 1383؛ پنجم 1387؛ ششم 1392؛
Brian Yahn
Sep 27, 2016 Brian Yahn rated it really liked it
I am completely blown away. The Glass Menagerie is a perfect mirror of the dysfunctional American family: An overbearing, yet well-intentioned mother abandoned by her lover; A son filled with Hollywood-style dreams of adventure but living a life of monotonous toil; A defective daughter who has little interest in anything, besides the glass animals she collects--week and frail as herself.

The way Tennessee Williams pits all of these characters against each other, and how all of their desires come
May 07, 2017 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 of 5 stars to The Glass Menagerie, written in 1945 by Tennessee Williams. The play is told from the perspective of Tom, the son of Amanda and brother of Laura, three members of the Wingfield family living in Missouri in the 1930s. Amanda's husband, the and kids father, left years ago and has not been heard from. Both Laura and Tom are in their early twenties. Amanda wants to marry off her daughter, convincing Tom to bring home a friend from work to create a set-up. It fails, as
Mar 23, 2011 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
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
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
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
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
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.
Feb 23, 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
Mahdie Bjr
Apr 13, 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...
رؤیا (Roya)
باغ وحش شیشه ای نمایشنامه ای است از خانواده ای آمریکایی با داستانی همیشگی....پدری الکلی که ترک خانواده کرده و مادری که افکار وهم گونه اش را با صدای بلند بیان کرده و در آرزوی خوشبختی فرزندانش دچار سرگشتگی شده است. دو فرزند خانواده, تام ولورا هردو از بی اعتماد به نفسی رنج برده و هیچ کدام در کار و زندگی موفق نبوده و هرکدام به نوعی در خیالات وهم آلودخودشان به سر میبرند. برایم جالب است که تنسی ویلیامز در سال 1944 یعنی حدودا 73 سال پیش این داستان را نوشته و وضعیت خانواده آمریکایی هنوز از آن زمان هیچ ت ...more
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
Nov 06, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: play
4 stars - but somethings are unrateable. Tennessee Williams to me is special. I find his work deeply moving. And while reading a play is moving, seeing it is an entirely different experience. I remember seeing both this play and the movie, and it is unforgettable. I also have the experience, after taking a Tennessee Williams class in college, or maybe it wasn't a class, maybe just somehow it was incorporated in American Dramatic Theater - I remember feeling the compelling need to read or see eve ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Γιώργος rated it really liked it
Είναι τελικά τόσο δύσκολο να αποδεχτεί κάποιος τη σκληρή πραγματικότητα και να σταματήσει να ζει στον γυάλινο κόσμο των φαντασιώσεών του για μια καλύτερη ζωή πέρα από αυτή; Να πάψει να περιμένει το Ἄλλον κατά τη Δημουλά, και να αφοσιωθεί στο τώρα; Να απαγκιστρωθεί από τη Μνήμη στην οποία είναι βουτηγμένη η Αμάντα και να ζήσει στο χαλεπό Παρόν; Μήπως όλα αυτά είναι τόσο δύσκολα που για να τα κάνει κανείς πρέπει να σπάσει σαν τον μονόκερο της Laura, να εγκαταλείψει την «ονειρική» του φύση και να π ...more
Mar 01, 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

Sep 23, 2016 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing
"Blow out your candles, Laura." An American theatre classic. Even on the printed page it's a killer.
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'
Rana Heshmati
Aug 29, 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!
Apr 05, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was amazing
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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'
Olga Godim
Sep 09, 2016 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
On Sept 7, 2016 I went to see The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, produced by one of our local theater companies. It was one of the most powerful theatrical experience of the past few years. I have never seen this play before, nor the movie, but I understand why this simple four-actor play, premiered in 1944, catapulted the theretofore unknown playwright to sudden fame.
Although the story Williams tells is very personal for him it is also universal. It’s set during the Depression Era in
Mar 22, 2016 Leonard rated it really liked it
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Jun 03, 2014 ઈia7asĦ rated it liked it
درباره خانواده سه نفرست مادر (آماندا) پسر (تام) دختر (لورا) و پدر که به جایی دور رفته .... اونها در یکی از قسمت های فقیر آمریکا زندگی میکنن.
لورا دختر خجالتیه که بخاطر نقصی که داره و پاش میلنگه خودشو تو خونه مخفی میکنه و بیشتر وقتشو با عروسکای شیشه ایش میگذرونه
تام برادر کوچکترش تو انبار کار میکنه و خرج زندگی با اونه.
و مادر که نگران بچه هاشه , مخصوصن لورا که همیشه مضطرب و خجالتیه
مادر از تام میخواد یکی از همکاراشو بیاره خونه تا با لورا آشنا شه و تام ,جیم رو که از همشاگردیای قدیمی لورا و همکارشه
the inescapable
the ever-staring inevitable reality
Niloufar  Rahmanian
I really enjoyed reading this one. Im a fan of details and this one had a ton of them, it mentioned the american hostorical background without really mentioning it. But one could see how it is years after civil war and southerns have lost their slaved and their aristocracy. Society is getting industrialized , the way of life has been changed and the binary btw city/urban life is shown by the Toms wish to become a sailor. Everyone should become something, do sth, leisure is no more praised, art i ...more
Jan 08, 2017 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The apartment faces an alley and is entered by a fire escape, a structure whose name is a touch of accidental poetic truth, for all these huge buildings are always burning with the slow and implacable fires of human desperation.”

Tennessee Williams astounds me with his ethereal plays. He creates, designs, these scenes, these people, and they seem to float across time and space, endlessly relevant. It all happens within walls, within transparent curtains of humanity, the surroundings at times blu
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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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