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The Dwarfs

2.66  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  43 reviews
“A fascinating work . . . possessing extraordinary power. Masterful.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Brilliant, cranky, and eccentric, and the narrative passages are some of the most thrilling ever written.” —Library Journal

“Some of the author’s most enduring themes—notably, sexual jealousy and betrayal—are present. . . . The narration shows traces of writers as various as Joyce
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 21st 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1990)
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Luís C.
"When one is in a position to judge by what discourse a man can be persuaded, and when one can see and penetrate him and say to himself, "Behold, man, this is the character which I was once taught; is here before me, and it is necessary to give him speeches of this kind to persuade him of such a thing; when all these means are mastered, when it is known, in addition, to discern the occasions to speak or to be silent, to be concise, moving, vehement, and if it is the case or not to resort to a ce ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
have NO idea what is going on in this book???
Feb 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
Το πρώτο μου ένα αστέρι. Διάβασα περίπου 40 σελίδες και δεν έβγαλα κανένα νόημα. Δεν ξέρω τον λόγο που γράφτηκε αυτό το βιβλίο... Και δεν κατάλαβα επίσης τον λόγο που οι υπεύθυνοι της σειράς βάλανε αυτό το βιβλίο που είναι και το μοναδικό μυθιστόρημα του Πϊντερ, αντί να βάλουν ένα βιβλίο κάποιου άλλου συγγραφέα που τιμήθηκε με Νόμπελ.
Ίσως να μην είμαι έτοιμος ακόμα για το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο αλλά στην δική μου οπτική η λογοτεχνία δεν είναι έτσι..
Frits Brouwer
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
If you ever want to read a book that you definitely do not want to read, read this book.
O livro que seria um gigante e afinal é quase um "anão"

Na minha opinião este livro começa de forma positiva e com o desenvolvimento da leitura parece que vamos sentindo que a história pode e está em evolução. Porém, o auge deste livro fica-se nos seus meados e não consegue dar continuidade e acompanhar todo o enredo que se havia formado. Personagens nodais como o Len e a Virgínia facilmente parecem ser esquecidas e, no final, surgem como marionetas de uma narrativa da qual faziam literalmente pa
Lars Meyer
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Normaal gesproken stop ik niet halverwege met een boek, maar Pinter krijgt het voor elkaar. The Dwarfs is buitengewoon saai en ongeïnspireerd in zijn dialogen of karakters. Doe jezelf een plezier en houd het bij de toneelstukken.

Heba Ashraf
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
مبدئيا لو عندك أمل تفهم العمل ده بنسبه كبيرة من أول مره ف إنسى ..الغموض يخيم على الكتاب من حيث الحوارات ومغذاها ،معرفش كان قصده الخلاصه هتبقى نابعه من خيال القاريء ولا ايه .. بس عموما انا بيستهويني كل ماهو غريب ويثير التساؤلات ...
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A well-established member of the Absurdist Theatre tradition, Pinter pulls no literary punches in this, his only novel. For those who know of his plays' stark ambiguity and pointed pointlessness, this novel will be nothing too new. Pinter is a man of thematic contradictions, someone who elucidates the morals and meanings of senseless with the tools of obsfucation and slyly crafted symbolism. He has a point -- he always does -- but those points are always disguised, usually as themselves, and so ...more
Ioannis Savvas
Ο Χάρολντ Πίντερ είναι ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους Άγγλους θεατρικούς συγγραφείς. Οι Νάνοι είναι η μοναδική νουβέλα που έγραψε. Τέσσερις φίλοι, ο Λεν, ο Πητ, ο Μάρκ και η Βιρτζίνια ζουν μια ζωή (κοινή;) στο μουντό Λονδίνο. Άλλοτε βαρετή, άλλοτε έντονη, μερικές φορές φαιδρή. Και τελικά καταστροφική. Μια καταστροφή που αναδύεται λυτρωτική. Οι νάνοι (κανείς δεν ξέρει τι είναι αυτά τα πλάσματα) εμφανίζονται πού και πού, χωρίς να παίρνουν μέρος στη δράση.

Η υπόθεση ξεδιπλώνεται περισσότερο σαν σε μια
Leonard Makin
Mar 30, 2015 rated it did not like it

Not for me - I realize Pinter went on to receive the Nobel Prize - but The Dwarfs read more
like a radio script than a novel. There weren't any scene settings, nor tactile sensations,
like smells or descriptions of rooms. It read more, as I said, like an early draft of a play.
Pinter did turn this, his only novel, into a play - and I know literature all boils down
to personal taste, but I simply don't like any of his work.
Pernilla Waern
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
⭐ en stjärna, den här mannen. ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Some stories are not read for plots but for the words they are composed of and the ideas that the words lead to, the Dwarfs is one of those story, the only problem is that The Dwarfs is not a story but a Novel: a rather refined and complex version of story. The readers usually know that they are going to read an abstract novel yet they are not told that they might have to turn pages of pages in the search of the story that is the backbone of any novel. I was very much on my guard when I started ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: drama
The Dwarfs is an early work. It is made up of some friends talking. It is an absurdist drama. I didn’t like it.

See my other reviews here!
Sep 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really believed till that in the end, something would change my view on this novel. I was wrong.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
"...stinking of piss and fruit juice."
Ana S.Fernandes
Harold Pinter, laureado com o prémio nobel da literatura em 2005, é conhecido mundialmente pelas suas peças de teatro. Existe naturalmente uma razão lógica para que este autor não seja famoso pelos romances, talvez por este ser o seu primeiro e único, mas também por ser uma autêntica catástrofe.
Este é, portanto, o livro que prometia demais. Escrito inicialmente em 1950 e revisto posteriormente em 1989, relata a vida e as relações de quatro jovens britânicos no pós-guerra. Relações tempestuosas
Victor Hugo
Este livro fez-me lembrar os diálogos de Platão, não só porque o diálogo é o elo entre os personagens a as suas ideias, mas também porque essas ideias são postas a nu através de um discurso ora filosófico, ora desconcertante ou mesmo absurdo.

A mim pareceu-me que o absurdo teria de ser lido e entendido de um modo distanciado para o podermos entender. Tal como ao olharmos para a capa do livro, se estivermos demasiado perto dela não a conseguimos ver detalhadamente; mas se olharmos para ela longe,
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dwarfs (i nani) di Harold Pinter. Libro molto interessante, lettura impegnativa, però, non si entra subito nel merito e si stenta a capire chi siano i 4 personaggi principali e cosa l'autore voglia trasmettere con il riportare i loro dialoghi (perché di questo si tratta, di meri dialoghi e non sempre "lineari", la trama è praticamente inesistente) e soprattutto chi siano i "nani" del titolo, ma poi, pian piano cominci a capire... i nani... saranno forse le nostre fobie? le nostre sensazioni ...more
2 scene sets:
Len's room
Marks flat

From The Guardian 2003 - Pinter wrote The Dwarfs in the early 1950s. Set largely in Hackney, it is about competitive male friendship: the dark rivalry between a young actor called Mark and an office worker named Pete is exposed when the former sleeps with the latter's girlfriend, Virginia. Written largely in fast-paced dialogue full of cockney patter, the novel shows a born dramatist at work. What is puzzling, however, is that Pinter's novel, like Stoppard's, rem
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Guillermo Jiménez
Me gustaría que hubiera antes de la primer estrella algo así como una tacha. Nunca terminé de leer este libro y nunca lo haré. Huácala. Snobismo de la más baja estopa. Personajes pedantísimos. Trama insulsa. No he leído ni visto el teatro del tipejo este, pero, me alegra saber que fue la única novela que escribió, creo.
Stuart Estell
A peculiar, and not entirely successful, early work by Pinter, but one that certainly points the way towards the wonderful sparseness of his writing for theatre. Some parts of this novel are hilarious, others needlessly confusing, and it's definitely a novel that wants to shake off its chains and become drama.

Worth reading, but don't expect too much.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Un libro único y realmente diferente si consideramos que en la mayoría de los libros A.- pasan cosas, B.- uno entiende algo.... No, no entendí nada, y creo no se suponía que debía hacerlo. Un libro intencionalmente críptico y terriblemente tedioso. Como ir a ver una película de 4 horas en chino, sin banda sonora y con los ojos vendados.
Angela Randall
We own this as part of a collection of plays in one book: A Slight Ache: And Other Plays: "A Night Out", "The Dwarfs", - "Revue Sketches"
Bob G
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-laureate
Not so good. Some chapters were reasonably good, about 4 different "friends", most dialogs of 2 or more of them at a time. Some chapters were about some "dwarfs". I was never able to figure out the reference of those short chapters. (Pun not intended. The chapters were short.)
Gabor Hernadi
Harold Pint is a really good drama writes. So it's surprising that his novel is simply bad. Some says it would be a great drama and maybe it's true but unfortunately it is a novel. Incoherent, diffluent dialogues, dull storyline going towards nothing.... It was really hard to read it till the end.
May 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Classic Pinter. I need to read it again one of these days because he's so smart. The book reads like one of his plays. In some places it's tough to keep up with the dialogue because it's not always clear who said what. But I think Pinter would have liked that affect.
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My rating is not a reflection of how well this novel was written, but of how well I liked it. It had some moments, but I can see in the style of the novel that Pinter is naturally more inclined toward writing plays...which I look forward to reading.
Tom Newth
quite underwhelming. revised 35 years after being unpublished. no comment
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
demais para mim... Há-de haver para quem faça sentido tanta abstracção. Para mim, não.
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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, political activist and poet. He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career in 1951, touring throughout Ireland. From 1952,