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Endstation Sehnsucht

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Endstation Sehnsucht‹ erzählt die Geschichte von Blanche Dubois, einer Lehrerin aus den Südstaaten. Blanche erlebt die Auflösung ihrer Familie, einer nach dem anderen stirbt, sie muß zusehen, wie der einstmals stolze Besitz, das Herrenhaus »Belle Reve«, zwangsversteigert wird.
Die einzige Zuflucht, die ihr bleibt, ist ihre Schwester Stella, die in New Orleans lebt, mit eine
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by Fischer Verlag (first published 1947)
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Hope Meikle Yes, but there are multiple reasons to her being taken away. It wasn't just victim blaming, she had been mentally unstable the entire show.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Define "real." ;) They all are, one way or another. Stella is a victim of her own unrealistic expectations, which she projects onto Stanley instead of…moreDefine "real." ;) They all are, one way or another. Stella is a victim of her own unrealistic expectations, which she projects onto Stanley instead of seeing who he is. (And we've all done that.) She is also a victim of Stanley's belittling, fits of rage, violence, and "he-man" user attitudes. Blanche is also a victim of her unrealistic expectations for life; like many alcoholic women I have known, she seems to be a lightening rod that attracts any problem or disaster in the vicinity; also she is victimised by Stanley because she happens to be there and is weak and he figures no one will believe her side of the story. And ol' Stan is a victim of his own ideas of what a "real man" should be.
And then there's the merry-go-round of the group dynamic. Strewth.(less)
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Brina
It is the steamy summer in New Orleans in the late 1940s. Old war buddies have gone to their weekly bowling league after work. Meanwhile, young brides pass the time in their two flat apartment while waiting for their husbands to return. It is amidst this backdrop that begins Tennessee Williams' classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which still stands the test of time today and became a classic film featuring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy. This steamy play ran the gamut of human emotions, and ...more
Lyn
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“He is of medium height, about five feet eight or nine, and strongly,compactly built. Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes. Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependency, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered malebird among hens. Branching out from this complete and satisfying center are all the auxiliary channels of his life, such as his heartiness with ...more
Carol
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the late 1940's and I could visualize the setting of the New Orleans French Quarter (love it) and hear the jazzy blues music playing thru the window as Tennessee Williams brings to life the characters of a very well-built Stanley, his better-half Stella, and her delusional, whiskey-drinking southern belle of a sister Blanche who is in town for an "extended" visit.

With two women and one hot-tempered, suspicious man in a dinky one bedroom flat, trouble starts brewing at the onset and never le

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Candi
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-shelf, plays
4.5 stars

Tragic, raw, and suffused with striking imagery and symbolism, this play is a must-read and now one that I must also see. Williams does a tremendous job of evoking the atmosphere of New Orleans during the 1940's – the music, the heat, the people. The prose is lyrical and truly astonishing at times. I felt as if I were a participant in each and every scene.

"The sky that shows around the dim white building is a peculiarly tender blue, almost a turquoise, which invests the scene with a kin
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Ana
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
'Stella!!!' lol I'm finally reading this gorgeous book.

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Alex ★ Comets and Comments ★
“They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields”

There is a certain high you feel when you read a classic. It's not one that can be repeatable or interchangeable. It attaches on to you and if it's good enough. It might never leave your system.

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Enter, our setting: New Orleans in the late 1940s, post second world war and the American Dream is thick in the atmosphere. Jazz and sex and booze and gambling
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David
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
There's a sort of invisible thread from Madame Bovary to A Streetcar Named Desire, which in its route gets tied up in a hot whorehouse and wraps vainly around the cosmetics section of a pharmacy in the Southern United States before knotting at its terminus in New Orleans. I find it almost criminal how often people mistake Blanche duBois' whimsy for female frailty, for I think she is an almost unnaturally strong character; far, far moreso than her timid sister Stella. Perhaps it is because her fo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams that received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947, and closed on December 17, 1949, in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter. The London production opened in 1949 with Bonar Colleano, Vivien Leigh, and Re
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
PopSugar Challenge 2015 SPILLOVER (because I am a challenge failure, oops.)

Category: A Play



4 Stars

What a deliciously depressive way to commence my 2016 reading year! After hearing and reading about A Streetcar Named Desire (*glares at Losing It*, seriously authors please stop putting massive spoilers for classic works in your books. PLEASE?! I didn’t get spoiled mind because I already knew, but still!)for many a year I have finally sat down and read it. And what I have to say is this: what the
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Brian Yahn
Tennessee Williams writes some brilliant dialogue and distributes it perfectly across an explosive cast of characters. All of it makes for some crazy intense scenes.

So while it's natural to imagine this would be an awesome play (which I can't wait to see some day), the experience of reading it isn't, or at least for me it wasn't. Seems like this was clearly written to be performed not read, like most plays are...
Bookdragon Sean
Mental degeneration is a gradual process; it is something that happens slowly over a substantial period of time. With this play it was like a smack in the mouth; it came suddenly and without any form of real warning.

Blanche is clearly delusional. She has convinced herself of a life that doesn’t really exist. This is like her body armour, a shell she uses to protect herself. She pretends to be a member of a higher class in which her life is perfectly fine, but it’s not. Nobody else is aware of t
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Sketchbook
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You are an ordinary guy and your wife's sister comes to stay with you," began Mary McCarthy in the Partisan Review. "Whenever you want to go to the toilet, there she is in the bathroom, primping or having a bath. My God, you yell, can't a man pee in his own house?" This variation on the mother-in-law joke, which stunned Broadway in 1947 with the heroine's rape, swiftly became an American classic with such lines for the sex act as "getting those colored lights going."

On arrival Blanche, played b
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Agir(آگِر)
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بلانش: چطور تونستی دیشب برگردی اینجا؟ چرا بایس باهاش خوابیده باشی؟
استلا:اما بالاخره یک چیزهائی هست که در تاریکی بین زن و مرد اتفاق می افته ،بطوری که هرچیز دیگه رو بی اهمیت میکنه
بلانش:این که داری میگی هوس وحشی و پستی است.فقط هوس؛
اسم همون اتوبوس پر سروصدائی که مرتبا از این خیابون به اون خیابون میره

بعضی کتابها شاهکارند
چون با تمام کردن و بستن کتاب ،هنوز در ذهنت ورق میخورند
نه اینکه کتاب به سبک سیال ذهن و غیر خطی باشد بلکه در طول کتاب، افکارت دائما در حال تغییر بوده اند
بعد خواندن نمایشنامه، فیلمش را
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Victor *we were on a break!*
Stell-lahhhhh!

I read this back in the late 70s and I can honestly say that, while I enjoyed it, I never fully appreciated it. It was a good, short-read for a school assignment. Nothing special.

Then I saw the film adaptation and it quickly became an all-time favorite movie. And Blanche Dubois came to life as one of the most interesting characters I have ever happened upon. Even with her vanity, manipulative behavior, the loss of the ancestral home and her lies,
"I don't want realism. I want magic!
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Becky
Aug 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becky by: Leslie
Shelves: reviewed, 2008
I enjoyed the story... It really drew me in, which is saying something considering that I picked it to read on commercial breaks during the Olympics... and I ended up reading instead of watching.

I liked this play because the characters seemed like real, flawed people. Granted, Blanche was a little over-the-top sometimes, but I imagine all southern-belle types are a little over-the-top from time to time.

Blanche was an easily identifiable character... someone who deeply regrets a thoughtless act
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Sue
Such a powerful drama! Williams presents his word-portraits so amazingly. As I noted when I read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he also is a master of stage direction. When reading this play, it's possible to "see" the surroundings, hear the music and voices on the street.

Stanley, Stella and Blanche come alive on the pages as Blanche drops in at her sister's home creating a simmering stew of growing emotion. The heat of a Southern summer is reflected by all that happens in the two bedroom apartment as s
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Κλασικό, από τα καλύτερα θεατρικά. Ο Williams θίγει πολλά κοινωνικά θέματα, προκαλώντας τρομερή εντύπωση στην Αμερική της δεκαετίας '50. Η βία εντός οικογένειας, το πρότυπο του ισχυρού άνδρα, η ταξική προέλευση κτλ είναι μερικά από αυτά.

Υπάρχει και μεταφορά στον κινηματογράφο με πρωταγωνιστή τον Marlon Brando. Σίγουρα θα έχει ενδιαφέρον
Maddy
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'll change my rating after we study it in class but right now it is a dwindling 2 stars.

----- Update ------
Yep, this definitely got better after studying it properly.
Connie
I was even more impressed with A Streetcar Named Desire when I revisited it recently after first reading it about ten years ago. It has a wonderful combination of lyrical language and interesting characters.

Blanche DuBois comes to stay at the home of her sister Stella, and her husband Stanley Kowalski in a poor area of New Orleans. Blanche has lost both her job and the family home of Belle Reve. There is a family curse where "our improvident grandfathers and father and uncles and brothers exchan
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Giss Golabetoon
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To write or not to write that's the question!
So basically you read the play and your head is swarmed with so many things to say, to write but you don't know if you should or you could.
There was a self interview with Tennessee Williams at the end of the book and he was talking about what he wanted to say in this book so now I'm confused because at the same time I as a woman and as a feminist find the women in this book a little, more than a little a lot misrepresented, they are weak, they can't d
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Kira Simion
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5 stars.

In my head this played like a soap opera so that was interesting.

But what themes there were that I could see for some parts: like purity, relationships, and the possibility that everyone is awful in some ways didn't really work for me.

In my own opinion, yes, we are all awful in that we are not pure, but that doesn't make us automatically cheaters, alcoholics, or suicide helpers. We have some flaws, but most don't make us evil.

Many of us are not like Blanche, a tragedy waiting to happen
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Amr Mohamed
بصوا يا جماعة مش مهم دلوقتي المسرحية حلوة ولا رأيي فيها ولا الكلام ده .....المصيبة بقي أن مسرحية مشهورة لتنيسي ويليامز وعمل بطولتها مرتين مارلون براندو في فيلم ومسرحية نيجي في مصر هنا يعمل الشخصية ياسر جلال في فيلم الرغبة..لأ كدا كتير اقسم بالله

يعني اي حاجة مثّلها مارلون ولا حتي قرأها مينفعش ياسر جلال يتكلم عليها اساسا مش يمثلها ...لما تبقي مسرحية مشهورة ونجيب البطلة نادية الجندي كانت ساعتها لسا راجعه من تل أبيب والحرب وهز عرش مصر مفرهدينها وخدت معاها صاحبتها وحبيبتها الهام شاهين ...هما اصلا جاي
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Joudy
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe we are a long way from being made in God`s image.but Stella -my sister- there has been some progress since then! Such things as art -as poetry and music- such kinds of new light have come in to the world since then ! In some kinds of people some tenderer feelings have had some little beginning ! that we have got to make grow ! And cling to, and hold as our flag ! In this dark march toward whatever it is we`re approaching....Don`t.don`t hang back with the brutes

Blanche Dubois is a woman in
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Alex
I had some idea, from the hokey friendliness of the name "Tennessee Williams," and the cute titles of his plays - "Streetcar Named Desire"! "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!" - they sound like musicals - I had an idea that these would be friendly. Pop culture. In the great telephone game of pop culture, what I ended up hearing was Marlon Brando yelling "STELLA!", which sounded pretty goofy to me.

That was the wrong impression. This play is dark.

I love the mix of realism and poetry here. Stanley is almost
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Selena
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays-modern
Not a fan, though, I should preface that by saying that I'm not really a fan of Tenessee Williams in general (what kind of name is that anyway? Who names their kid after a state?). I don't share his fascination with abusive relationships, nor do I find the tragic romance in them that he does (call me a prude, but I am offended at the idea that anyone could find redeeming romantic qualities in an abusive relationship, especially a male writer).

I find nothing redeeming in the character of Stanley,
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Lara
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my English Language and Lit class. Not disappointed. The book delivers an intriguing plot with interesting characters and a narrative that flows throughout the book easily.

Blanche's character truly resembles a moth; she is fragile. She also has mental delusions which add another dimension to the play.

Moreover, the characters complement the story. The way the story unfolds is like a violin that keeps getting louder throughout the book and at a moment in the book the strings break!
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Alissa
I personally went into this book with an actors view, as opposed to a purely literary one. This isn't a novel. The words on the page can be the best thing you've ever read, but you always have to keep in mind the million ways the actor and director can interpret and display the words. There's a great saying we in the theatre community use: Show, not tell. The majority of the negative reviews I am seeing are people stating that Blanche's subsequent spiral came out of absolutely nowhere. However, ...more
Ana Rînceanu
"They told me to take a street-car named Desire,
and then transfer to one called Cemeteries
and ride six blocks and get off at-Elysian Fields!"


Well, with a beginning reeking of Greek tragedy, what can go wrong ?!
Laura
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
Anne Marie Duff leads a stellar cast in a new landmark production of Tennessee Williams's iconic play, telling the story of a catastrophic confrontation between fantasy and reality, embodied in the characters of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski.

Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister Stella and her explosive brother-in-law Stanley. Over the course of one hot and steamy New Orleans summer, Blanche's fragile façade slowly crumbles, wreakin
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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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