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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  49,021 ratings  ·  892 reviews
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father’s inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat. The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt. In spite of the public controversy Cat stirred u ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 17th 2004 by New Directions (first published 1955)
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Brina
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This year I embarked to read more plays written by the giants of American playwrights and I currently find myself reading through Tennessee Williams' trilogy of classic plays. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was first written in 1955 and revised many times both for the stage and film. Featuring well known characters, the play is known for its character studies and should be viewed live rather than read. It is in this light that I read the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and enjoyed its characters, for which I rate ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the "plantation home in the Mississippi Delta" of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the "Cat", Brick's wife.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم ماه جولای سال 2002 میلا
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Mackey
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure that you can consider yourself a "southerner" or even from the south if you have not read Tennessee Williams' plays - all of them. I may be a transplanted Hoosier now, but rest assured, I have read and adore all of Williams' plays. They are, without a doubt, some of the very best of American literature and, by far, in the top tier of Southern Lit. This, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, is one of his best!
Brian Yahn
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
The characters in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof all have these strange reasons for living, all based off of some sort of character flaw. The way the flaws tie all the characters together symbolically is brilliant.

Maggie especially has a strange reason to live: to be the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with no purpose in life other than to endure the unpleasant heat, to survive it. The more she digs into the other characters, it becomes clear that although they have these strange reasons for living--like her husb
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Steven Godin
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic drama that deserves to up there with the greatest plays ever written.
The story is centered around a family in crisis, a sizzling drama of desire, avarice and deception set in the steamy American Deep South, you can almost feel the heat coming off the pages. The play condenses so much life and emotion, it's remarkable really. Feuds, tortured pasts, anger, guilt, love, jealousy, envy, revenge, sorry, sadness, lust, all crammed into a relatively short work. Would love to see it performed on
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Xanthi
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετικό, δυνατό γράψιμο που κρατάει καθηλωμένο τον αναγνώστη!
#readathon18 Ένα βιβλίο που ο πρωταγωνιστής προσδιορίζεται σαν LGBTQ+
Carol
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set on a large, rich and successful Mississippi plantation in the heat of a 1950's summer, family members come together to celebrate a big birthday party and bring along their avarice and greed as well as their mendacity in hopes of acquiring a big piece of inheritance when Big Daddy kicks the bucket.

I have always loved the movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman thus decided to find out if the play was similar and was surprised at two major differences....(view spoiler)

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Carol Storm
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this play as a teenager -- the feverish pace, the soaring poetry of the big speeches, the way Big Daddy was everything my father wasn't and the way Maggie keeps sighing over Brick. But after thirty years of living, I just don't read this play in the same way. There are so many things I swallowed whole as a teen that seem laughably far-fetched as an adult.

Brick is a thirty year old man. Not a fifteen year old boy. Yet he still doesn't know if he's gay or straight? I mean, come on! His se
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Sue
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very powerful, enjoyable read. I particularly liked having the very specific stage directions, so meticulously explained and set out by Williams for readers as well as directors and performers. Also enjoyed the accompanying essays about the development of the play along with director Elia Kazin and Williams' own essay about the play.

These are not people I would want to spend time with; they don't want to spend time with each other. The way Williams lets the anger, frustration, thwarted love, hat
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Camie
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Well first I must confess reading play scripts is not my favorite thing, including this one even thought it won both Pulitzer and Drama Critics Circle awards. I'm sure this story caused quite a stir when it was first published in 1954, even so Tennessee Williams was famous for continuing to rewrite aspects of his plays several times over decades. My book is the 1974 version of the play, though I'm not sure which parts have been revised from the original, is this the better one ???
We're on a 28
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Connie (Ava Catherine)
Tennessee Williams has truly created a masterpiece. Greed, jealousy, homosexuality, indifference, alcoholism, and desire are all laid bare in one way or another in this play. Maggie the Cat is full of life and is honest if she does come from a poor family and feel that she is walking on a hot tin roof all the time. Some of the other characters in the play may not be as full of life as Maggie. What she wants most of all is a baby from her husband Brick because she knows Brick is Big Daddy's favor ...more
Maxwell
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, drama, i-own-it
What a terribly, messed-up family. I loved every minute of it. This is one I would definitely enjoy seeing performed. My third Williams play, and possibly my favorite. Though how can you compare Maggie to Blanche DuBois. Nonetheless, excellent play.
Sookie
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, classics
The play set in three acts is like a reality show focused on a family reunion. An ugly truth simmers silently, a continuous hum of "mendacity" that never increases or decreases in its pitch and the people living under the roof are all affected by it in one or the other way. Families can get messy, greedy, ugly and downright horrible. But they are family.

This is the story of one such family in cotton producing state. A rich family diseased with secrets and malcontent, happy children and connivin
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David
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
Mounir
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and strong play: The psychological defenses revealed through multiple confrontations to be witnessed by the audience without any social cover. It is my first time to read anything by Tennessee Williams. I like his style, especially the way he uses the talk or actions of minor characters and the sounds in the background in a way similar to the chorus of the Greek theater, commenting on or stressing what is going on. I liked also his lengthy stage directions, which are much more than sta ...more
Antje
Ich wünschte mir, ich hätte dieses Drama gelesen gehabt, bevor ich den Film kannte. Selbst nach dreimaligem Lesen vermischen sich meine Vorstellungen von den Figuren auf dem Papier mit denen auf der Leinwand. Das kann nicht funktionieren! Sie sind zu unterschiedlich geraten, ausgenommen vielleicht die Darstellung von Maggie der Katze.

Seit jeher fasziniert mich die Unwetter-Stimmung dieses Stückes; wie sich allmählich jahrelang verborgene Wahrheiten wolkenbruchartig über die Familie Pollitt entla
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Robert
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
On a sultry summer evening family meets and secrets are revealed...so far, so a zillion other plays. Here, it's not really what the secrets are that's interesting, it's who the characters are and where the author's sympathies lie.

The first act slowly winds up to a very dramatic finish and tensions are racked up higher still in act 2. Then something strange happens - act 3 occurs twice! Williams has included his original draft of act 3 and the performance version, modified in response to the orig
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Alex
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Living with someone you love can be lonelier - than living entirely alone!
- Margaret, Act 1

"Life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is - all - over..."
- Margaret, Act I

So here is Tennessee Williams coming out, with his customary rage and insight. And darkness.

Once again, I'm surprised. This is the most I've seen homosexuality dealt with, so far; EM Forster hinted at it, and there was Oscar Wilde, but it was all innuendo and shadows before. This feels very bold, and I
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Antonio Papadourakis
"Ο άνθρωπος είναι ζώο θνητό, ξέρει ότι θα πεθάνει, αλλά αυτό δεν τον κάνει να συμπονάει τους άλλους ανθρώπους.... αγοράζει συνέχεια πράγματα, όλο αγοράζει - κι ο λόγος που τα αγοράζει είναι ότι στο βάθος του μυαλού του φωλιάζει η ηλίθια ελπίδα ότι ανάμεσα στα άλλα που αγόρασε μπορεί να είναι και η αθανασία!"
Αλλά ο άνθρωπος είναι το μόνο ζωντανό πλάσμα που αντιλαμβάνεται τι είναι ο θάνατος, που ξέρει τι είναι ο θάνατος! Τ' άλλα πλάσματα πεθαίνουν χωρίς να ξέρουν, χωρίς να το μάθουν ποτέ τους, χωρ
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Rosemarie
Amazing play by a talented writer.
Nataša
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Postoji samo jedna važnija stvar od pamuka, koju možeš da gajiš na velikom imanju, a to je tolerancija! Ja sam je uzgojio."
Ova rečenica me oduševila :)
Gajite toleranciju, širite ljubav i čitajte knjige.

Melaslithos
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much has been said on this play already, I don't think I'll be able to add anything of interest, but here are a few thoughts.

Our English teacher made us watch the movie in class when I was in high school, and I found it fantastic. So I went to read on several other Tennessee Williams plays after that, but for an unknown reason, I never got to this one. I finally corrected this.

It's quite a different experience to watch the movie and read the play. Both are great, but reading the play adds to
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Nadine
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I had only seen the movie several times because I worship Paul Newman. Always have and always will. That said, I did not know about the homosexual undertone of the play... because the movie makers chickened out and turned the whole admiration between Brick and Skipper upside down. There is no mention of the 'old bachelors' from whom Big Daddy inherited the plantation. There is no hint at homosexuality in the play, maybe once in an ironic smile of Big Daddy. And in the film Brick actually desires ...more
Cemre
Kadın-erkek ilişkileri, evlilik, aşk, eşcinsellik üzerinden insanların iç yüzleri, saklamaya çalıştıkları Williams tarafından çarpıcı bir şekilde oyun boyunca gösterilmiş.

Olay, oyunun ana karakterlerinden olan Brick'in ölmek üzere olan babası Koca Baba'nın çiftliğinde geçiyor. Brick, çok yakın arkadaşının ölümü üzerine kendini alkole vermiş, hayattan adeta kopmuş bir adam. Bu durum en çok karısı Maggie'yi etkiliyor; çünkü Maggie ve Brick uzun zamandır bir cinsel hayata sahip değiller. Maggie pa
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Ramin Azodi
بيشتر از باغ وحش شيشه اي دوستش داشتم و كمتر از اتوبوسي به نام هوس.
تنسي ويليامز ثابت كرد؛ اگه داستان جذابي هم براي گفتن نداشتيد با شخصيت پردازي قوي ميتونيد مخاطب رو همراه خودتون بياريد و در مواردي حتي ميخ كوبش كنيد.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Great play...love the theatrics.

My favorite lines of Margaret talking to Mae:


Why did y’give dawgs names to all your kiddies?

Dogs names?

Dixie, Trixie, Buster, Sonny, Polly! Sounds like four dogs and a parrot.



I cannot wait to watch the movie.


2/1/18 Update.

I watched the movie and loved it! Oh, Elizabeth Taylor was so beautiful! I would give the movie 10 Stars!

The director did an awesome job recreating Tennessee Williams’ play.

I can see the minor script changes from the story, but it works fab
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Claudiu D.
Un mare talentat este Tennessee Williams.
Ce imi place cel mai mult la piesele lui de teatru este ca sunt profund umane, ca au o actiune liniara, dar nu sunt legate de un context temporal, sunt general valabile si sunt la fel de actuale si acum.
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گربه روی شیروانی داغ نمایشنامه ای است درباره تجربه ای که انسان در جامعه از سر می گذراند، اثری که سعی می کند به مردم نحوه درست زندگی کردن را آموزش دهد. این نمایشنامه درباره زمانی است که فقدان ارتباطات انسانی منجر به تنهایی اجتناب ناپذیر انسان می شود. در شرایطی که بحران ها و مشکلات خانواده به اوج خود رسیده است، حقایق زیادی در مورد احساسات انسانی آشکار می شود، حقایقی همچون ترس طاقت فرسای ما از مرگ، عشق ما به زندگی، گناه مخفی ما، ناامنی های ما، ناتوانی ما برای مواجهه با حقیقت، مادی گرایی ما، عظمت ما ...more
Amy
Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have seen the film version of this play with Paul Newmann and Elizabeth Taylor as the main characters and it is truly one of my all time favorites. Of course, this is why I wanted to read the play. Apparently, (as per the editors notes in the book) Williams did approve several different changes in his play for some stage productions and the film production. I will say that I believe I enjoyed reading this play having already seen it as, of course, there is not much more than simple dialouge to ...more
Meli
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
¿Francamente? No sé qué decir.
Todas aquellas cosas que dicen que el autor expresa en esta 'obra maestra', no las encontré. Vi atisbos, pero no más que eso.

El nivel de critica es muy alto, eso seguro, se sobre entiende, pero las etiquetas que le han puesto a esta obra son tan grandes que crean expectativas gigantes.

A lo mejor tengo que masticarla y digerirla otro poco para ver su grandeza, de momento brilla por su ausencia. Me pareció una lectura medianamente interesante, sobre una familia fals
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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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