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Sweet Bird of Youth and Other Plays

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Loneliness, sexual tension and the need for human kindness pervade these three plays by Tennessee Williams, as their characters rage against personal demons and the modern world. In "Sweet Bird of Youth", a drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town with an ageing movie actress in search of the girl he loved in his youth, but with terrible, violent results. "Period of ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Penguin Classics (first published September 1st 2009)
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Margarida
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Com excepção de 'O Zoo de Vidro' (The Glass Menagerie), a mais comovente das peças, a violência, loucura, homossexualidade, toxicodependência e degradação são temas presentes. 'Vieux Carré' é a mais sombria e melancólica das peças (e a que mais me comoveu). Desenrola-se nos finais dos anos 1930, (mas foi escrita 40 anos depois), numa pensão situada no Vieux Carré (French Quarter), de Nova Orleães. De cariz autobiográfico, TW surge no papel de um "Escritor" de 28 anos, que convive com personagens ...more
Joost Poort
I think I would have called this collection 'The Night of the Iguana and Other Plays', because I thought it was (by far) the best play of the three.
For me, none of them came anywhere near the brilliance of 'Streetcar', though.


Clare
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Usually I either see or read a play but won't do both. I watched Sweet Bird of Youth last month, so it is fresh in mind but not enough to distort the reading of it. Like any decent drama the work deserves a second look and I wasn't surprised to find it easier to piece it all together and develop a stronger understanding.

I can't make heads or tails of why I've read A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and now this because I don't exactly enjoy them! They're packed with suppression and a
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João Cruz
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2015
4 peças: o Zoo de Vidro, Doce Pássaro da Juventude, A Noite da Iguana e Vieux Carré. Todas excelentes.
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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