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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
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Jul 06, 2008

it was amazing

“Death of a Salesman” tells the a story of Love, pride, betrayal and friendship. The struggle of William Loman (Willy), an old salesman in the unforgiving world of modern business, and his relation with his loved ones, his wife Linda and his precious sons, Biff and Harold (happy).
The novel is written in an interesting and unique way, as if all the events happened on a theatrical stage with all of the lighting effects, character themes and background . The author wrote the story in great detail, indulging its reader to the world of Willy Loman. You can feel the dialogs between the characters as if it was a real conversation between real people.
As a person who is not a very big fan of novels, I was not convinced of the idea of reading for self enjoyment. To choose to read a +200 page book of Lord of the Rings over watching its movie. Specially, when Hollywood movie makers spend millions of dollars to impress its viewers in using the finest actors and latest tricks and technology for the special effects. Luckily, I found the answer to these questions later in Miller's novel. It is so well-written it will take your imagination to their world, place you in their house to witness they're conversations.
In order to fully understand the story, the reader must have a pretty wide imagination and good understanding of the happenings, since the main character has this psychological case in which he hallucinates and talks to non existing people. All in all, this novel is a must read for everyone who appreciates a good piece of novel.
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Randy All the events do happen on a theatrical stage. "Death of a Salesman" is a play, not a novel. Plays are published with the stage directions (and general set and lighting descriptions) of the original (or most notable) this case, the original 1949 Broadway production. The dialogue feels like dialogue because it is dialogue. Plays can be wonderful to read, but they are written to be performed and are most fully realized and experienced in live performance.

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