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ملکه زیبایی لی نین

(The Leenane Trilogy #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,887 ratings  ·  107 reviews
مارتین مکدونا نمایشنامهنویس، فیلمنامهنویس و فیلمساز ایرلندی - بریتانیایی است. او بهعنوان یکی از مهمترین نمایشنامهنویسانِ زندهٔ ایرلندی شناخته شده است.

مکدونا در مارس در خانوادهای ایرلندی در کمبرولِ لندن به دنیا آمد. پدر و مادرش پس از مدتی او و برادرش را در لندن رها کردند و به شهرستان گلوی در ایرلند بازگشتند. مکدونا در سالگی مدرسه را رها کرد و چند سال در جنوب لندن بیکار و
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Published by نیلا (first published September 26th 1996)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Beauty Queen of Leenane (The Leenane Trilogy #1), Martin McDonagh
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a 1996 dramatic play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old, lives in the Irish village of Leenane, Connemara, in the early 1990s with her 70-year-old mother Mag, for whom she acts as caretaker. While Maureen is out, the Folan home is visited by Ray Dooley, a young man, who invites both women to a farewell party for his visiting American uncle. When it seems Mag is
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Nat K

Leenane, a small town in Connemara, County Galway.

On a hill sits a cottage. Living within are a mother & daughter. Mag & Maureen. Though living isn't what you would call it. Existing would be a stretch. Theirs is a toxic, co-dependent relationship, built on years of resentment.

One day is much like the other. A dull tone of grey. That it until a neighbour comes calling with an invitation to a send-off for a family heading off to Boston. And so a chain of events is set into play.

"That's
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Ladan
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I pity Mag and Maureen, though they were pathetic characters who repeated their pathetic life each day over and over again. Their passivity and yield to whatever happened to them were on my nerves. I think Maureen could risk leaving her comfort zone and create a better future for herself but about Mag and all those Mags living out there, I just don't have a clue whether they have a slight chance in changing anything! After reading "the pillow man" I expected more savage and unpredictable scenes, ...more
Rachel
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish, 2018, plays
This was my sixth Martin McDonagh play and actually my third and final read from his Leenane trilogy (despite it being the first Leenane installment - but these plays are only very loosely connected and you do not need to read them in order). Here I was thinking that McDonagh couldn't possibly shock me any more than he has in the past - I do consider myself familiar enough with his style of black comedy that my continued reading of his plays has more to do with their comfortable familiarity than ...more
John of Canada
Years ago when I was visiting Ireland,I asked a friend who was from Dublin about Belfast.His response was:"The kids play tag with hatchets there".After reading this I think It may be true of the south as well.I loved the dialogue and the humour,but there was as much tension as in a Stephen King novel.I read the Lieutenant of Inishmore and loved it,but will not recommend it to any of my friends who own cats.I intend to read everything McDonagh has written.
The fact of the matter is that the only
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david
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays-drama
"Irish diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip."

Looking back on life, I see I have always had a vested interest and an affiliation with the Irish community. Specifically in America.

This play by the prolific Irish writer McDonagh who lives in England is just about pitch-perfect.

Beyond the Connemara mountains lie Leeane, a small town not particularly shiny.

In this village lives Maureen, a fortyish single woman with her mother, Mag.

They have
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May Ling
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-amer-min
This is actually a beautifully written play. I usually find it hard to envision the author's view in my head without reading multiple times. This was totally easy to follow and do. The way in which the characters interacted was timely and non-cliche. They were mean without realizing it. No corny whitewashing. You could empathize even as you felt a host of emotions about the way things are for single women.

As people get married later and the pressure of getting married and what that means for
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tomwrote
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Taut and funny subversion of Irish cliches made universal. Truthful and dark both in terms of the individuals portrayed but also of the bigger issues of migration, duty, guilt, abuse and wasted lives.
Elizabeth
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: produce
Female driven. Classic Irish wit and charm. Interesting take on how abuse cycles in familiar relationships.
Rick
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
The Irish playwright and filmmaker emerged in the 1990s with a unique talent to make comedy out of the darkest of circumstances: terrorism, a serial killer in a totalitarian state, and, in this case, a domestic conflict involving madness and violence. And he does this deftly in different dramatic genres or tones: The Lieutenant of Inishmore was Grand Guignol meets slapstick political farce (“Duck Soup,” for example); The Pillowman was George Orwell or Arthur Koestler meets “Silence of the Lambs” ...more
Samuel Zucca
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who's familiar with Martin McDonagh's film, this play makes perfect sense. I probably prefer it as well to Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri and Seven Psychopaths, despite its much smaller length and scale. I also think it hones in on his brand of violent comedy in a way which some of his recent films have found awkward.

This is a drama set in the kitchen/living-room of a cottage in West Ireland, and McDonagh definitely rubs in the Irishness of every character throughout, with
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Greg
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
This play is insane. Taking place in the Ireland of the 90s, the play centers around a single, middle-aged woman, Maureen, and her ailing mother, Mag. Maureen attracts the attention of a man, Pato, and they end up having what appears to be a one night stand. The audience is somewhat disgusted by Mag's actions, as she dumps her chamber pot in the sink and in general has a disagreeable appearance. She tells Pato that Maureen is insane, that she had abused Mag, and that Mag was in fact the guardian ...more
Paul LaFontaine
An elderly mother and her early 40's daughter exist together in a small village in West Ireland, savagely attacking and undermining each other in a desperately unhappy existence. And it ends very badly.

In terms of what I look for in a work, this play has very little that interests me. The idea is simple and ranks low. A mother and her daughter live together and are unhappy. There is a love interest for the daughter, the mother ruins it. The daughter tortures the mother in every way she can. The
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Ygraine
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the relationship between mother and daughter is central to this play, their shared stagnation, mag's attempts to isolate her daughter from the world and maureen's sense of obligation to stay, turning into vicious verbal attacks, their fears and resentments magnified a thousandfold by their separation from the rest of the world. set solely in their cottage, the atmosphere of the play is claustrophobic and tense, violence an undercurrent to even the most everyday of discussions, and the tone ...more
Seamus Thompson
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"That's Ireland, anyways. There's always someone leaving."

A remarkably sure-handed debut. Darkly funny. Interesting that McDonagh's first effort features two female leads when so much of his later work is centered on men. Also fun to see McDonagh playing with the conventions (and traditions and stereotypes) of his native Ireland.
Neil Schleifer
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Martin McDonagh's black comedy captures the crippling relationship between an Irish mother and her spinster daughter. We watch in bemused horror as they torture and torment one another, and when the mom ruins the daughter's one chance of a happy life, well the results are … striking.
Karim Anani
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Beauty Queen of Leenane, McDonagh goes to an isolated part of Ireland to write a story of entrapment and abuse. A facade of serenity melts away, and a fascinating, toxic mother-daughter relationship is unveiled. Martin McDonagh can write (love his movies).
John
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing close to The Pillowman, but still the real deal. This was the second M.M. play that I've read, and I anticipate getting to the others much more quickly than I got to this one. He's unique. I read this in maybe three sittings, but it felt like thirty minutes.
Zarry Bahrami
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually I saw the play and it was AWESOME!
Marija
It was entertaining. Somehow I knew that you couldn't trust Meg or even Maureen.
Emily Mead
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars
UPDATE: read this time in Dublin

We read this play in drama (with awful Irish accents) and never have I seen more intense reactions at the twist towards the end. Brilliantly written.
Mandy Jo
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This week’s headline? "That's Ireland, anyways."

Why this book? discussion on campus

Which book format? script from library

Primary reading environment? "At me funeral?"

Any preconceived notions? saw the play

Identify most with? "daft oul bitch"

Three little words? "And no spoon."

Goes well with? Complan and porridge

Recommend this to? "Ah g'wan, Ray."

I saw this play in the Spring of 2000, when my grandmother and I went to visit her sister in Los Angeles. She had season tickets to the theatre, and gave
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Nick Jones
I had seen Martin McDonagh’s three films. I’m not quite sure when I realised McDonagh was a respected playwright, but it was after seeing his first film, In Bruges. I found In Bruges a bit annoying: with its two hit men and smart arsed black comedy it was reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino, but McDonagh didn’t have the visual style of Tarantino: In Bruges was obviously a writers’ film. I thought Seven Psychopaths was a little more interesting, but the interests of the film seemed largely to come ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play is not for children. Anything by McDonagh I would recommend reading before giving it to your kids. He likes to explore the psyche of psychopathy, and he gets violent and graphic at some points in this play.

I am a big McDonagh fan, so this might be a bit biased. This play was fantastic. McDonagh's Leenane trilogy pins the reader into this position of abnormalcy. He presents characters that are despicable, yet one can't help but be intrigued by them. In Beauty Queen he counters a
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Catherine Greenfeder
This dark and suspenseful drama sparkles with Irish wit and pathos as it smoothly captures the plight of Maureen Folan, a plain middle aged Irish woman who resents her manipulating aging mother for holding her hostage to her needs to be cared for and stands in the way of Maureen's chance to find happiness with a man she loves. Driven by desires beyond her comprehension, Maureen takes matters into her own hands with dire consequences.
Cassie
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary theatre readers
Recommended to Cassie by: Dr. Neery
Read for an Irish Literature class in college. This is the play that introduced me to my love of Martin McDonagh. It's harsh, brutal, touching, and realistic. All good things in contemporary theatre. Do not bypass this one on your way to reading "Behanding in Spokane" or "Lieutenant of Inishmore".
Al
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books
Very good play that is funny, brutal and sad.
Eduard
Read as part of The Methuen Book of Modern Drama: Plays of the '80s and '90s
Steve Mayer
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hedda Gabler becomes a spiteful Irish old lady and burns a document.
Katie
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a strange, sad, dark play. It's the story of a mother and daughter living together in Ireland, both a bit mischievous and dishonest. Lots of undermining.

I have to admit parts of it took me by surprise. But overall, I didn't feel invested in the story or the characters.
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While still in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh filled houses in New York and London, was showered with the theatre world's most prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies.

Other books in the series

The Leenane Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Skull in Connemara - Acting Edition
  • The Lonesome West