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Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill
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Feb 19, 2009

really liked it

Considered Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece, this play was, at the request of the author, not to be released until 25 years after his death due to its brutally painful insight into a dysfunctional family that was modeled after his own. (However, since his immediate family died several decades before the author, his wife allowed its publication a few years after his death.) The story takes place in a single day, following a mother, father, and two sons as they deal with the emotional fallout of their strained relations and addictions (the father and two sons are alcoholics, and the mother is a drug addict). Although the time frame of the play is short, it illustrates the perpetual downward spiral the family faces as it occasionally tries, but always fails, to create any real connections or rise above their anger, resentment, and failures.
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