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A Walk in the Woods.

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The place is a "pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva," where two superpower arms negotiators, a Russian and an American, meet informally after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table. The Russian, Botvinnik, a seasoned veteran who has mastered the Soviet "hard line," is urbane and humorous but, at the same time, profoundly cynical about what the current sessio ...more
Paperback, 58 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Dramatist's Play Service (first published 1988)
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Dec 24, 2016 Rick rated it liked it
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A look at the art of diplomacy between superpowers. An aging Russian and a newly placed American meet in to discuss nuclear armament between the two countries at a retreat meetings over the years while walking in the woods. It's about trust, friendship and ideology in a Cold War world.
Mar 14, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing
Amazing play. Especially relevant right now. Probably always is.

There is a great difference between Russians and Americans- yes or no? There is no difference. I will prove it. If the Russians and not the English had come to America, what would they have done? They would have killed all the Indians and taken all the land. See? No difference. Americans and Russians are just the same. But their history is different. What is history? History is geography over time. The geography of America is oceans
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Jul 06, 2012 Chuck O'Connor rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this script over the holiday and may do so every year. This play works on so many levels. The thing I took away from this reading is how important it is for humans, as political agents, to preserve the illusion of self-definition, even to the extent this preservation becomes the primary obstacle to resolving a conflict that threatens their existence.

The illustration of Cold-War calculated intransigence presented as negotiation towards peace beyond detente reflected for me the cur
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Jun 10, 2010 Jeff Wax rated it really liked it
Occasionally the play verges on simplicity, and it never probes specific military issues. However, it does not trivialize its subject; nor does it indulge in name-dropping. Mr. Blessing keeps his sense of humor and his healthy skepticism. The playwright's first mission is an assertion of individual personality, an aim in which he is more successful with his Russian character. One of the play's few flaws is that we learn relatively little about the American, except for signs that beneath his scie ...more
I read t his in the late 80's or early 90's, when I was taking acting classes to help getting over being shy (the secret was that you simply *pretend* not to be shy). Much like the musical Chess, Blessing's play is a product of its era, the Reagan years, and I am curious as to if it will be fully appreciated if it's revived a generation from now.
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Jul 11, 2014 Trish Scott rated it it was amazing
Humorous true account of walking the Appalachian Trail. Bill Bryson tells of the interesting people he meets.
Dec 28, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the writing style, use of language and the story. The story, however is a little frustrating. I really wanted the main character to make different decisions.

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