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Preview — The Field by John Brendan Keane
The Field is John B. Keane's fierce and tender study of the love a man can have for land and the ruthless lengths he will go to in order to obtain the object of his desire. It is dominated by Bull McCabe, one of the most famous characters in Irish writing today.
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That being said, I've never read an Irish play that isn't simple and entertaining. In a world where behemoths like Angels in America stride boldly across the theatre, John Keane's The Field is a brisk, uncomplicated play abo ...more
This is a mice-of-men play that involves few people and even less events. It warms my heart when I think of the fields and the pubs, those I can actually relate to.
Keane he writes beautifully but not with so much effort, it is mostly very close to reality and since it is a play it has to be real life (could be at least) conversat ...more
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Ive re read it a couple of times since then and it really is a gem. The Bull puts his life and soul into his little patch of land and does everything possible to keep it in his possesion.
People say this book is about greed. I dont see it that way. I see it as a story about identity, family and invasion.
There is insight and humour, as well as sadness and fear, on the way to this darkness. A fine play in its own right.