The American Dream & The Zoo Story

The American Dream & The Zoo Story

The American Dream The Zoo Story Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Albee is one of our most important American playwrights And nowhere is his dramatic genius apparent than in two of his probing early works The American Dream and

  • Title: The American Dream & The Zoo Story
  • Author: Edward Albee
  • ISBN: 9780452278899
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Albee is one of our most important American playwrights And nowhere is his dramatic genius apparent than in two of his probing early works, The American Dream and The Zoo Story.The New Yorker hailed The American Dream as unique brilliant a comic nightmare, fantasy of the highest order The story of one of America s mostPulitzer Prize winning author Edward Albee is one of our most important American playwrights And nowhere is his dramatic genius apparent than in two of his probing early works, The American Dream and The Zoo Story.The New Yorker hailed The American Dream as unique brilliant a comic nightmare, fantasy of the highest order The story of one of America s most dysfunctoinal families, it is a ferocious, uproarious attack on the substitution of artificial values for real values a startling tale of murder and morality that rocks middle class ethics to its complacent foundations.The Zoo Story is a harrowing depiction of a young man alienated from the human race a searing story of loneliness and the desperate need for recognition that builds to a violent, shattering climax Together, these plays show men and women at their most hilarious, heartbreaking, and above all, human and demonstrate why Edward Albee continues to be one of our greatest living dramatists.

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    Mix Lewis Carroll with Jacques Tati, as one criticsuggested when reviewing "The American Dream," andyou have a lethal, hilarious and very satiric cocktail. This may be his Best Play. The cast includes : Mommy, Daddy and Young Man (who explains his price, for those who can afford it, to the childless duo). Albee's comedy puts you in stitches - then he yanks 'em out.

    For modernism that seems to have been written last week, Albee delivers a passionate account of two different views of Americana. Just under the surface, I always believed, Albee was barely in control of himself, pushing the envelope of absurdity because it was more than absurd to him: he makes it seem all to real, the characters not directly representative but rather being an analogy of whom they seemAn American Dream is about, largely enough of the disintegration of society through lack of con [...]

    Holy Crackers! Zoo Story is fantastic! Youthful rage and the kind of shock I've sought for months. RIP E. Albee. You'll be missed.

    دوتا نمایشنامه از ادوارد آلبی با ترجمه ناهید طباطبایی(نشر چشمه) باتم امریکن دریم نمایشنامه دوم (رویای امریکایی)خیلی متفاوت و خوب بود.به دو ست داران ادبیات آمریکا ونمایشنامه توصیه میشه.

    I really like both plays, but this review is about "The Zoo Story." In order to appreciate it fully you have to understand the driving impulse behind Theatre of the Absurd and the dilemma of the existential condition. The play grapples with horror of living an existence of complete dislocation - nothing seems connected to anything else. Jerry's discovery - that he cannot forge a connection with anyone, not even a dog - is the foundation of his despair. It reminds me very much of Roquentin's expe [...]

    I can't remember the last time I read "The Zoo Story" but its power hasn't lessened over the years. Here in his first play, Edward Albee is already peerless in his command of vitriolic dialogue unleashing a fury against the status quo, an incisive rage that he sustained throughout his career. He may stylize the anger with the satirical "The American Dream" but even in this latter one-act, Albee's poisoned pen drips blood. Albee quote: "That's what happens in plays, yes? The shit hits the fan."

    5 Stars for a play for the first time.One of the GREATEST plays I've ever read in my life.Highly recommended fellows :).

    “The Zoo Story” is a play that has two characters, one setting (a bench in Central Park), and performed, is 15 minutes. Jerry and Peter have brief exchanges that take on an importance such that the dialogue plays out as an interrogation of communication itself for the audience. Jerry challenges Peter’s use of formalities or his niceties or even phrases:PETER: My dear fellow, IJERRY: Don’t my dear fellow meTER: Was I patronizing? I believe I was; I’m sorry. But you see, your question ab [...]

    This is an excellent book containing two of Albee's earliest masterworks. This is a crash course in the Absurd way of life and understanding. I'm an Aburdist and not even Camus or Kafka could do for the Absurd what Albee did with it in these two one act plays. Of course, Albee would elevate the philosophy and expand upon it even more with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? but The Zoo Story as well as The American Dream serve as a quick one-two-punch to the existential gut, The Zoo Story having the [...]

    I realized I forgot to add this to my shelves when I read it in fall 2011. So I'll just do a brief review now. These plays were dark, surreal, funny, and kinda metafiction-y. I really enjoyed them.The American Dream is a story about some fucked up parents and the fucked up relationship they had with their past son. Also, a sassy grandma. Okay, it's mostly about the sassy grandma. The Zoo Story is about a strange encounter in a park between an average joe and a slightly-less-than-average, possibl [...]

    I only read The American Dream. It is Albee's look at how the American Dream has changed over time. He seems to believe that today the American Dream is only about good looks, shallowness, and materialism. I don't disagree with the analysis since many Americans glorify movie actors, sports figures and wealthy corporate owners. However, the play was boring and repetitious. Even though it is a one-act play, it was way too long! This was supposed to be a comedy, but I found only one line to be humo [...]

    Fantastic!Peter and Jerry are two men with very different stories and lives, one is living the American Dream while the other is struggling to find acceptance and a place in the world. But differences sometimes lead to coincidences and that's what happens in Central Park, they coincide in that bench; and they have quite a chaotic conversation“People can't have everything they want. You should know that; it's a rule; people can have some of the things they want, but they can't have everything. [...]

    I guess i'm into absurdist tales of alienation from modern life? I don't even necessarily catch all the themes or symbols, partly I like it just because it's so funny. From The American DreamDaddy (offstage): Mommy! I can't find Grandma's television and I can't find the Pekinese either!Mommy (offstage): Isn't that funny! And I can't find the water.Grandma: Heh, heh, heh. I told them everything was hidden.Mrs Barker: Did you hide the water too?Grandma (puzzled): No. No, I didn't do *that*. Daddy [...]

    Albee has long been one of my favourite playwrights, if not my all-time favourite (suck it, Shakespeare), and The American Dream was as poignant as it was dead on. And it will remain to be. Zoo Story just blew me away, and I later went on to work with it in a community theatre group.

    Glancing at all the previous reviews for this book, I see that most people prefer The Zoo Story to The American Dream. And that, my friends, is why I am special: I jump the other way. Although, to be absolutely honest, I'm not a huge fan of either one. I think Albee might be a tad violent for my taste--not violent in the sense that his plays contain violence (which these do), but violent in the sense that my overwhelming impression of these plays is one of violence. After reading them, I feel l [...]

    "The Zoo Story" After reading about 15 pages of "The Zoo Story" it became painfully obvious that it served as the template for "Riverside Drive," a Woody Allen play I recently read in his "Writer's Block" collection. But don't take my word for it: (From the NY Times): All that said, ''Writer's Block'' is on the stage and not on the screen because it is meant, in part, as a tribute to playwrights to whom Mr. Allen evidently feels indebted. In ''Riverside Drive,'' a comfortably well-dressed middle [...]

    Okay, this collection is my first exposure to Edward Albee, and I have to say that his writings are bizarre in a way that catch me off-guard constantly. I also have Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which I will start soon. I think I can only take doses of this playwright at a time, however. As for this collection, I will share my thoughts for each play respectively.The Zoo Story:This play is my favorite of the two, and it is bizarre in a way that leaves me just kind of sitting there confounded f [...]

    I have not read The American Dream; it is The Zoo Story which I read with great interest and excitement years ago during a Grade 12 English class. My group was to perform a scene from The American Dream, but we were finished preparing it and there was still time left over. So seeing this other play contained in the same volume, I decided it would be a good way to spend my time.I was rewarded. It is a simple one-act play: two men meet on a park bench, get into a conversation, and it rolls on from [...]

    This book, composed of two plays by the famous writer, Edward Albee, was quite interesting as well as enjoyable. I found the first play, The Zoo Story, especially fascinating. With the combination of casual, relatable, shocking, and a curious sense of humor as well as drama, this play was very moving. The interaction that the reader experiences between the two characters, Peter and Jerry, is positively awe-spired. I cannot begin to describe how especially surprising it was to read about this par [...]

    طنزی درباره ی زندگی خانواده ی آمریکایی؛ قصه ی یک زوج و مادر پیرشان، روزی که دو مهمان روزگارشان را بکلی دگرگون می کنند. مامی مسلط و ددی بی حال و اخته، در عوض مادربزرگ، زنی باهوش و زیرک است. خانم بیکر که مامی شیفته ی اوست، با بحثی که مادربزرگ شروع کرده، وارد گفتگو می شود. مامی و ددی [...]

    A close and fast shot on the human . it can be so brutal and wild . some situations can reveal that monster inside .at we thought it was caged only in the zoo!

    For me, "The American Dream" and "Zoo Story" were both mind-blowing plays. Albee touches on the idiosyncracies of the Theatre of the Absurd, and the idea of Existentialism. He also challenges the traditional state of normalcy and the widely accepted idea of the American Dream. Both plays seem displaced, as if ripped from a page in a novel. Although Albee dives right into the scenes, he is able to provide enough details for you to comprehend his messages. What I couldn't figure out was the purpos [...]

    Two works here by noted playwright Edward Albee. They are both one-acts, very brief bizarre plays that pack quite a punch.The Zoo Story concerns two men talking in Central Park one afternoon. One is well to do publisher and the other a lonely drifter who has quite a story to tell. In the end, both of them are changed forever, not in any metaphorical sense either. It's the stronger of the two in this collection and is notable for being Albee's first work that ever made it to the stage.The America [...]

    Zoo Story, I love. It's a play that everyone reads in high school and finds totally amazing. I did, at least. Looking over it again, I still love it. I love the alienation, the loneliness the character who commits suicide describes. The desperation, and the weird kinkiness of him, in foisting his death on a stranger with a wife, two girls, and a parakeet (or something like that). Did not like American Dream. In fact, hated it. I read it recently for the first time, after seeing a production of i [...]

    I'd already read (and thoroughly enjoyed) a Zoo Story when I picked this up. It was my first Albee play, and it lead me to read Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which became one of my favorite plays of all time. I didn't like The American Dream as much as I like the two other plays of his that I've read—maybe because it seemed less polished—but it has a lot of thematic and stylistic similarities in common with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which I enjoyed. From his preface, I believe that [...]

    "Because I'm old! When you're old you gotta do something. When you get old, you can't talk to people because people snap at you. When you get so old, people talk to you that way. That's why you become deaf, so you won't be able to hear people talking to you that way. And that's why you go and hide under the covers in the big soft bed, so you won't feel that house shaking from people talking to you that way. What's why old people die, eventually. People talk to them that way. I've got to go and g [...]

    The Zoo Story is an interesting examination and somewhat dismantlement of human interaction. However, it talks to often in generalizations, especially since it solely pertains to New Yorkers and to men's experience. Perhaps this is the point. The American Dream essentially parodies a bunch of ninny's who are supposed to imitate a version of the nationilistic American Dream. It ridicules the family unit; the wife (mommy), or weak woman who confirms the masculine behaviour of the man. It satirises [...]

    First, the Zoo Story (the four star rating of the two)--Where Allegory meets the Absurd, where a long journey out gets told in order for a short journey back to be told. Jerry's absurd existence makes him the scapegoat, the martyr, necessary for the salvation of Peter, his one disciple. Jerry's zoo story happens in a flash--so fast, you might even miss it. By the time the ending arrives for this one act, it is too late to save anyone: We are all its captives. American Dream I thought too Ionesco [...]

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