Weekly Reads – Weeks 27

Hi guys! Reading wise, I think I did well this week, getting through two texts is pretty good!

The Homecoming coverThe Homecoming by Harold Pinter (re-read)

I thought I hadn’t read this until I came to the glass scene and then realised I had. It’s a great play and I love how the power dynamics play out in it. Mundane objects and conversations are dripping with a power struggle which is just great to read!

 

 

 

Dubliners coverDubliners by James Joyce

Why I chose to read this is beyond me considering I didn’t enjoy The Portrait of a Young Man as an Artist (didn’t even finish that). I didn’t read all the short stories, just four of them and surprisingly, there was something interesting in the banality of it. I might sit down and finish the full collection if it doesn’t put me to sleep because there is something enjoyable yet very boring about it.

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8 comments

  1. Ooh, nice! I’m particularly curious about what you thought of the character Ruth in The Homecoming. To simplify things drastically, do you think she wins in the end, or is she simply used?

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    • What a question! Well it’s a mixture really. In a sense, she wins because she has bargained on her own terms, drawing up an agreement that suits her where the men hardly have a say. Even Max is left wondering whether she understands her position and whether she’s simply playing them. However, whilst that makes it seem like she’s wholly it control and winning, that’s not necessarily true since she is setting out the terms upon which she will be a prostitute and, essentially, a house wife/pet for the men. She could have gone back with Teddy to a marriage, that to me, felt like it stifled her or, stayed on these terms wich may mean freedom for her. So all in all, it’s more of a compromise rather than a clear cut victory.
      Well that’s what I think anyways. 🙂

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      • That sounds about right! I’ve always felt like we should have gotten more of Ruth – more hints as to what she thinks in the midst of the mess. I find her to be the most bizarre character anyways. Like, all the others have more-or-less understandable motivations, but Ruth always feels like an unsolvable enigma.

        Anyways, the play is definitely a memorable one. Are you reading any other plays?

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        • Agreed. I wish she had more to say and do in the play. I guess though, the way she is does make her the most interesting character because she is unsolvable.
          It sure is. Yeah, I read Entertaining Mr Sloane this week which will be on Sunday’s post and I plan to read Blasted at a later date.

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          • Ooh, contemporary British drama streak! I’ve read Loot by Orton and absolutely loved it. Blasted was not my thing as much, but there’s a highly stylized and interesting Japanese adaptation around the web, though not necessarily true to the original.

            I took a class on British drama after 1956, and my favourite play has to be The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. I hope you get to read it too! And maybe some Caryl Churchill.

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            • Basically! Nice! I’ve never read Orton before but thought I’d give it a shot and it wasn’t all that bad. Might try Loot when I get the time.
              Interesting. A friend of mine said the same thing so I am cautious going into it. I never knew such an adaptation existed. Thanks! 😮
              Oooo I’ll definitely give it a shot. That’s so cool you get to study that. Drama hardly ever features on my course. We mainly do poetry and novels so I’ve barely come into contact with British drama. Sad considering it’s such a rich field.

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              • Contemporary British drama is a bit niche. I wouldn’t have taken the class if it wasn’t for the fact that my favourite professor was teaching it, but I’m sure glad I did! Lots of sardonic humour and hellish domestic scenarios.

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