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A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays

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Tennessee Williams’s sensuous, atmospheric plays transformed the American stage with their passion, exoticism and vibrant characters who rage against their personal demons and the modern world. In A Streetcar Named Desire fading southern belle Blanche Dubois finds her romantic illusions brutally shattered; The Glass Menagerie portrays an introverted girl trapped in a fanta ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1965)
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: education, literature
I’ve never read this play before today and I’ve still never seen the film – I’m going to assume that makes me the last person in the world to have now read this play and so will not worry that this review will have lots of spoilers. I’ve heard of this play before, of course – I even thought I knew what happened in it from a million or so references I’ve heard about it over the years. I can’t say I really enjoyed it. Parts of it were so heavy-handed that they made me cringe – the blind Mexican wo ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1. Die Glasmenagerie

St. Louis in schweren Zeiten: Mutter Amanda zehrt noch von der Südstaatengrandezza ihrer Jugend, während ihre beiden Kinder sich nicht in die neue Gesellschaft finden können. Sohn Tom Winfield (man achte die Initialen) arbeitet mehr schlecht als recht in einer Fabrik, schreibt Gedichte und träumt davon, alles hinter sich zu lassen und zur See zu fahren. Tochter Laura, neurotisch und überängstlich, hat sich in ihre eigene Welt zurückgezogen, die fragil wie Glas ist.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
A tragic play. The title is named after the Streetcar Desire, which transports the protagonist Blanche DuBois past Cemeteries to Elysian Fields Avenue named after the beautiful Avenue des Champs-Élysées en France but which also signifies the Greek paradisaical afterlife Elysian Fields. Ironically, the grandeur of the paradise that awaits Blanche is largely revealed to be a false pleasing fiction once she arrives in disbelief to the cramped one bedroom, one kitchen apartment of her sister Stella ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest playwrights of the 20th Century, a writer for the theatre in the same league as Beckett, Brecht, Ionesco, but completely different from them. Tennessee Williams was a master of drama filled with menace and the ever-present threat of sudden violence, of hot passions and driving ambitions, of the clash of egos and desires, of people on downward spirals who are still trying to hold onto their dignity and self-belief. This book contains three great plays among the extraordinary b ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Bird Of Youth; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams I used to think Williams was the best. Vivian Leigh in Streetcar is an amazing performance. Plus, it's always fun to see how old the actresses are playing women who are fading. I still think of his work fondly, although now it just seems melodramatic and overwrought. Or "bigger than life and twice as unnatural".Library copy
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
alcoolismo, homossexualidade, puritanismo, enganos, ciúmes, incesto, loucura, amor, ódio, amargura. emoções à flor da pele.
todas as peças são excelentes. reli 'subitamente, no verão passado'. é a minha preferida. agora procuro a sua adaptação ao cinema, 'bruscamente, no verão passado'. sem sucesso.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: play
সুইট বারড ... :
ভালো লাগে নাই তাও না। পড়ে মনে হইছে টেনিসি উইলিয়ামস সারা জীবন লেখালেখি করার পর, যেই অসাধারণ কিছু বুলি কোনো নাটকে জুড়ে দিতে পারেন নাই, তাদের বযভার করতে কোনোমতে জোড়াতালি দিয়ে এই নাটক দাঁড় করায়ে ফেলছেন।
এইভাবে বলা ঠিক না। কিনতু নাটকটার গলপে আমি কোনো তাল পাইলাম না। অনযদিকে বুলিগুলি, কলাসিক।

দয গলাস ... :
অতযনত ভালো। ছাপায়ে হাতে হাতে বিলি করার মত। ঘরে ঘরে মহড়া হওয়ার মত।
ঘরে ঘরে, অনতত আমাদের সমৃতিতে, অবশয তাই হয়।

সটরীটকার নেইমড ... :
অসাধারণ লাগছে পড়ে।
দুঃখ লাগতেছে, কার জনয জানি না। মিচ, বলানশ,
João Roque
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gays, teatro, favorites
Escrever teatro não é para toda a gente assim como gostar de ler teatro também é algo mais particular do que gostar de ler.
Nem sempre o leitor está disposto a embrenhar-se nos diálogos dos diversos protagonistas, quase sempre num mesmo local e tanta vez sem prévias explicações do desenrolar do tema.
Tennesse Williams é um grande escritor,um dos maiores dramaturgos mundiais e sabe como ninguém tudo isto, pelo que as suas peças têm sempre as mais que suficientes explicações da mais variada ordem, c
Laala Alghata
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“Whoever you are, I’ve always relied on the kindness of strangers,” — Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

I had never read Tennessee Williams before, which I clearly now realise was a huge error on my part. I seem to shock people when I tell them that I haven’t seen the 1951 movie, I haven’t even seen a snippet. I know it’s Brando’s signature role, but I wish people would stop saying it’s such a big deal.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Streetcar. I always find it fascinating to read texts w
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, classics
So I enjoyed this book/play. It was the first time in a long time that I sat down and used my eyeballs. Thankfully vacation and pool time gave me a chance to finish this buddy read about 4 months late.

I enjoyed the dialog and the setting. I haven't read a play in forever but it was fun to get the off stage descriptions. I felt like I could see/hear/smell all the stuff that was going on. I never saw the movie so this was all new to me.

The one thing I was totally surprised at was the rape scene at
May 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I first fell in love with A Streetcar Named Desire when I studied it at an english literature evening class in 2005. I had actually owned the book for a while; in a moment of sheer rebellion when I was hunting through my scatterbrained drama teacher's office for a book of monologues I came across an old battered version of Streetcar and pocketed it, thinking it looked 'interesting'. It was only when I studied it, I realised I had actually stolen a little gem that afternoon. Definately my most fa ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Tennessee Williams plays. I first discovered him whilst studying at university and although I never read a full play I enjoyed his work and his insight into humanity. I found this whilst unpacking my books and decided to read it. Out of the three my favourite was the glass menagerie...I think everyone has a laura in them....where they feel down on themselves to have their hopes raised only for them to be taken away again. I'm looking forward to rereading cat on a hot tin roof and maybe tr ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mid-mod, plays
Plays are meant to be brought to life in a theatre and reading them is usually a second rate experience. But not these plays. TR could have written them as novels; he chose the language of the stage to reveal everything he knew about the fragile little birds of this world. Pure poignancy.
Khenan Bragador
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some really great plays. My favourite was probably Sweet Bird of Youth.
Vrinda Pendred
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, plays
These were just painfully beautiful. My favourite of them all was 'Sweet Bird of Youth' - some of the lines in there just cut me, they were so intense. I recommend these to absolutely everybody.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cały zbiór i tłumaczenie to jakaś totalna miazga. A klimat w "Nocy Iguany" jest tak genialny, że choćby za to należy się maks.
Ramiro Akris
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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D. E.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I hear the title of this movie I automatically hear Marlon Brandi calling Stella, Stella, Stella. The staircase excellent. I decided that nothing HE had written or would write would be some of the best literature written. The movie embellished the characteristics of the different styles of the time gathering the Best Actress for Vivian Leith. Kim Hunter, of Planet of the Apes, received Best Supporting Actress. The book was excellent as was the movie. However, this was the best TW novel ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'd never read Williams or seen any movie versions of his plays but holy socks knocked off, what a trip. He is deserving of his greatest American playwright title. I swear I could have saved half the lines as favorite quotes. Each of these is full of suffering, manipulation, passion, violence, turmoil. I loved that every character is seriously flawed or in some way unlikable and that the endings aren't uplifting. What a master at evoking emotion. Yowza. I need a walk and a rom-com.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Quando algo nos persegue na nossa memória ou na nossa imaginação, as leis do silêncio são inúteis, é como fechar uma porta à chave numa casa em chamas na esperança de nos esquecermos que ela está a arder. Mas fugir do incêndio não o apaga. O silêncio em relação a uma coisa só lhe aumenta o tamanho. Cresce e apodrece em silêncio, torna-se maligna..." ("Gata em Telhado de Zinco Quente")
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stella, Stella, Stella – a classic and great entertainment set in a bygone time and place.
Just Hind
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I watched the movie a few years ago, and I know how confusing it can be watching the play listening to that heavy NewYork accent, so many things can go over your head. For that, to make it easier for myself I heard it as an audiobook, and read it at the same time. But, the audiobook was so terrible, I don't know why I got it... it was so terrible! That kind of ruined it for me, or else I would've easily given this 5 stars. I knew that I would like the play anyway, and I like it a lot. It was fun ...more
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
What makes this worthy of four stars is the inclusion of two of Williams' "great" works, and one of his lesser known ones. Each of these is intriguing in it's own way, though hardly the kind of work that will endure the test of time.

Sweet Bird of Youth is intriguing, particularly when you realize that Paul Newman was the first to play the lead. Picturing Newman throughout the piece makes it twice as readable, dreaming of what it might have been like to see a master plying his craft with such fin
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The America of Tennessee Williams is its dark underbelly, one with haunting background music that witnesses the demise of the epoch of the “southern belle” that birthed Zelda Fitzgerald, among others. All three plays, Sweet Bird of Youth, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie are masterpieces not only as examples of Williams’ oeuvre but of universal playwriting. All three plays possess a daring that even masters like Samuel Beckett lack (though, to be sure, Beckett’s style did not lea ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-a-copy
The Glass Menagerie is, quite possibly, one of the best works written describing the fruitlessness of a forced existence, the consequences of stifling both talent and passion and the importance of the legacy one generation can leave the next.
The relationship between Tom and Laura is the most important in the play with both of them the target of Amanda's (their mother) neuroses and high expectations. As a pair, they work - Tom in a practical sense supporting the family and filling the shoes of a
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
I don't read plays very often and as a result, it's not a format (genre?) I read easily. Like many high schoolers, I read the Glass Menagerie for English class, and other than seeing a few Williams' one-acts staged several years ago, that was my sole experience with his work until I read Streetcar. I read this solely over a series of train rides (treating the breaks in reading as my intermissions), and found that I quite enjoyed this play. I didn't realize until I was about a third of the way th ...more
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I read The Glass Menagerie and Sweet Bird of Youth two years ago, Liked the first one - which contains a very good scene near the end - and disliked the second.

My review on A Streetcar Named Desire is here
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

I don't know why i don't like Tennessee Williams so much although i appreciate his plays' ideas, respect his imagination and the intensity of most of his characters. Maybe it's the language which is the most weakest point of his plays, You may like it spoken in theatre or in a movie but not re
Scott Cox
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is an excellent introduction to the plays and literature of Tennessee Williams. The story takes place in a poor section of New Orleans and portrays a dysfunctional marriage between a brutish man, his pregnant wife, and her sister who arrives unannounced (and with a sordid background). The story symbolizes the demise of the old South (the lost sister’s antebellum plantation home), and the rise of a more ruthless southerner. This is a dark, troubling play that leaves the ...more
Ana Ruiz Castillo
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The streetcar named desire is incredible. My favourite character will always be poor Blanche. Her horroor when she meets Stanley or the end, when both her sister and Stanley betray her and imprison her in a nut-house. I've also read the glass menagerie by Tennessee and was thrilled. Many dare say that The street car named desire is better than the glass menagerie but I think they are equal in literary quality. Perhaps the author themmes however, are too similar in all of his plays which make the ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars for "Sweet Bird of Youth" and "The Glass Menagerie" but I would give 3 to "Streetcar". I was disappointed with the highlight play - maybe because of all the hype. I was definitely excited when I got to the classic "Stella!" scene. Tennessee Williams is a little too dark and tragic for me, but I can see why he was a celebrated and noted playwright. You could feel the settings and ambiences he created.
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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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