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Dear Brutus

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Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan, was a Scottish author and dramatist whose works have enjoyed frequent revivals in film and on stage. The 1917 production of his play, "Dear Brutus", was one in a long string of successes for Barrie. The play, set in the manor of a mysterious man called Lob, takes a group of ordinary men and ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1918)
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Beth
Mar 19, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found this by way of Carol and Drina, both of whom play the part of Margaret. Which is to say I already had an idea of the play's direction even before I read it, and a certain degree of approval, too, given the way two separate authors had glowingly described it. Here, for example, from Carol Goes on the Stage:
Carol took a deep breath, flung back her head, and sprinted out into the moonlight, calling over her shoulder, "Daddy! Daddy! I have won! Here is the place!"

She was dimly aware as she m
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Becky
Apr 04, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been my bath-time reading for a while, and I finished it tonight. It was an excellent bath book; fairly cheerful, clever, and funny, and yet thoughtful.

When I started it I was kinda...

Can't tell if funny... off-putting...
I wasn't sure at first if the narrator was very tongue-in-cheek or actually serious. It becomes clear really early on, though, that it's the former. And it's really funny. And sweet. And rather sad. It's sad for my favourite characters, but really lovely for my runner
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Ebster Davis
This is a play about second chances and how useless they are.

A group of middle aged couples are given a chance to re-write their lives when they are invited to 'the wood' a magical place that appears once a year (on midsummer eve) in this one guy's backyard.

Most storis along this line of thinking deal with how life's choices change our character, or rather how our character is defined by the choices we make, and that is what I was expecting from this story. (Thinking in partucular of a lot of t
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Ruth
Jul 01, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My evaluation of this play is probably permanently clouded by the fog of reminiscence. I played a part in this play when I was a senior in high school. It would be interesting to see the rest of the cast now, and ask if they'd be any different if allowed to enter that magic wood again.
Anna Rakitianskaia
The author of Peter Pan has a misanthropic opinion on humanity. Why am I not surprised? Indeed, there's more of consequence to life than of conscious decision. Our lives form around the people that we meet, carrying our selves through right to the very end. How much power do we actually have over fate, agreeing that there is no fate, unless you call fate the consequences and reactions that you cause, often unknowingly, at best half-knowingly? Barrie says that the brave ones have a choice, but he ...more
Cheryl
Aug 05, 2016 Cheryl marked it as for-the-sony  ·  review of another edition
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A comedy about careers
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Oct 09, 2015 Andre Piucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The fault, dear audience, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
Mary
May 09, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I felt like this should have been better than it was. But I felt that about The Admirable Crichton too. Great premise, poor execution. Not awful, but by no means brilliant.
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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has
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