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Sweet Bird of Youth By Tennessee Williams Sweet Bird of Youth The acclaimed classic in a new edition now with an insightful new introduction the author s original foreword and the one act play The Enemy Time on which Sweet Bird of Youth was based Sometime a
  • Title: Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Author: Tennessee Williams
  • ISBN: 9780451020956
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sweet Bird of Youth By Tennessee Williams The acclaimed classic in a new edition, now with an insightful new introduction, the author s original foreword, and the one act play, The Enemy Time, on which Sweet Bird of Youth was based Sometime actor and full time male hustler Chance Wayne returns to the Gulf Coast town of St Cloud in an attempt to retrieve his lost innocence by reuniting with his high school gThe acclaimed classic in a new edition, now with an insightful new introduction, the author s original foreword, and the one act play, The Enemy Time, on which Sweet Bird of Youth was based Sometime actor and full time male hustler Chance Wayne returns to the Gulf Coast town of St Cloud in an attempt to retrieve his lost innocence by reuniting with his high school girlfriend, Heavenly Finley But Chance arrives there with his current employer, the drug addicted, over the hill movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, who uses Chance, teaches him to use others, and doesn t intend to let him go Chance learns that when he left St Cloud years before, he left Heavenly with a crippling venereal disease Heavenly s brother and her father the powerful Boss Finley, a politician who has been responsible for local lynchings have marked Chance as a criminal degenerate and plan to castrate him Williams knew how to tell a good tale, and this gritty and wrenching play also reveals the dark side of the American dreams of youth and fame by implicating small town injustice, systemic racism, and the depth of suffering that results from personal and public corruption.
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    1. Tennessee Williams

      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 in 1955 In addition, The Glass Menagerie 1945 and The Night of the Iguana 1961 received New York Drama Critics Circle Awards His 1952 play The Rose Tattoo dedicated to his lover, Frank Merlo , received the Tony Award for best play.Characters in his plays are often seen as representations of his family members Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie was understood to be modeled on Rose Some biographers believed that the character of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire is also based on her.Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie was generally seen to represent Williams mother, Edwina Characters such as Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Sebastian in Suddenly, Last Summer were understood to represent Williams himself In addition, he used a lobotomy operation as a motif in Suddenly, Last Summer.The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955 These two plays were later filmed, with great success, by noted directors Elia Kazan Streetcar with whom Williams developed a very close artistic relationship, and Richard Brooks Cat Both plays included references to elements of Williams life such as homosexuality, mental instability, and alcoholism Although The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets was the preferred choice of the Pulitzer Prize jury in 1955 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was at first considered the weakest of the five shortlisted nominees, Joseph Pulitzer Jr chairman of the Board, had seen Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and thought it worthy of the drama prize The Board went along with him after considerable discussion 18 Williams wrote The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer when he was 29 and worked on it sporadically throughout his life A semi autobiographical depiction of his 1940 romance with Kip Kiernan in Provincetown, Massachusetts, it was produced for the first time on October 1, 2006 in Provincetown by the Shakespeare on the Cape production company, as part of the First Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.Other works by Williams include Camino Real and Sweet Bird of Youth.His last play went through many drafts as he was trying to reconcile what would be the end of his life 14 There are many versions of it, but it is referred to as In Masks Outrageous and Austere.

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    1. itaju i predgovor pomislila sam da nema anse da mi se i ova drama dopadne koliko i prethodne Tenesijeve koje sam pro itala Naravno, pogre ila sam Ni ta manje fascinantna nije od Ma ke ili Tramvaja , prodire u sr , postavlja nas na obalu ljudskih te nji da sa ekamo buru emocija koja e neminovno do i kada se likovi suo e sa onim to je najte e, istinom o sebi Jug koji Vilijams slika je poput stene koju zapljuskuju pomenuti talasi te e i da nakon katarze koju likovi do ive tlo dobije sve inu, ali ip [...]


    2. Is it because I m not a man Is it because I m not living during the early 20th century Is it because I m only in my early 20s Is it because I m dumb Some of the previous statements must be true, because I couldn t relate to any character in this book Sure, I can understand most of them, Williams has done a great job Their motives and emotions are crystal clear to the viewerbut I couldn t care less.The washed out, formerly stunningly handsome man tries to make it big, but is bitch slapped by life [...]


    3. It s been a while since I ve read any of Tennessee Williams s plays As I finished the last act, I realized that his was not a gossamer reputation There is something real about that sad, strange outsider who recognizes the same qualities in his readers It has been quoted many times before, but Chance Wayne s closing lines as he faces the punishment for his many offenses encapsulates perfectly what Williams is all about I don t ask for your pity, but just for your understanding not even that no Ju [...]



    4. Chance Wayne Dwelling in the Past Chance Wayne in Tennessee Williams play Sweet Bird of Youth is clearly no longer the praised figure that he once was in the town of Saint Cloud Citizens of Saint Cloud used to adore and respect Chance, but now they repute him because of his past life decisions and his past sexual relations with Heavenly Now, this former Oklahoma star desperately longs for his prestige back, but most of all he wants to rekindle his loving relationship with Heavenly and escape Sai [...]



    5. I related so deeply tears sprung to my eyes Such a tragic, tragic piece but, as typical of Williams, it has such great beauty I want to read this again when I am past my youth.


    6. Best part pictures of Paul Newman, obviously Sharp themes Second favorite part was someone else s annotations in this used novel Kept referring to promiscuous men as pimps, which


    7. I don t know what to write other than I really enjoyed this I especially loved the stage directions I m not entirely sure why there were a lot of excellent quotes in the play about time and life.The main reason why I haven t given this book 5 stars is because I have a fear of giving out too many five star reviews to books.Maybe I ll write up a better review later, but I think that this basically sums up my thoughts.


    8. Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee WilliamsSweet Bird of Youth what a beautiful title I love it so much that I have been using it to label some the photos of my birds of youth aka macaws.To my surprise, this book has only 22 reviews we re talking 2014, May on Compared with my previous look at The Merchant of Venice, which had 1400 reviews, this seems to make The Bird somewhat obscure for readers And seems to be gaining traction, on the internet.Is it the book, or the Paul Newman movie that is fam [...]


    9. Tennesse Williams has such a poignant way of writing about lost dreams and lost youth This sounds similar to his characterisation of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, but in Sweet Bird of Youth almost every character is suffering from the loss of youth, and from chasing unrealistic and unattainable dreams As the title would suggest, this play is about the theme of youth much than Streetcar is, and the ending where Chance and Princess are discussing the nature of time passing is just s [...]


    10. This is William s meditation on aging, and its about as bleak and unrelenting as you could imagine He offers a stark picture of what it s like to lose the illusions, the hope, and the romance of youth And in its place Perhaps, there is something in recognition and understanding, but its not much The characters, as always, seem like variations on other Williams staples I have seen, most notably with Boss Finley being a kind of riff on Big Daddy from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Here, I can t say that I [...]


    11. p 105 I believe that the silence of God, the absolute speechlessness of Him is a long, long and awful thing that the whole world is lost because of I think it s yet to be broken to any man, living or any yet lived on the earth no exceptions


    12. I didn t realise how much I enjoy this play until I read an analysis of themes and symbolism throughout the play Turns out I had missed a lot but my general understanding of the piece was there This is very much a slice of life play, what I ve come to realise is Tennessee is a master at these types of scenarios, Streetcar is an exceptional example of this, but Sweet Bird of Youth was almost just as good I loved the dynamic of trying to capture your youth, and the realisation that it s of the pas [...]


    13. Tennessee Williams hit the dramatic pay dirt once again with Sweet Bird Of Youth 1959 It has many of his essentials themes of damaged, self sabotaging people looking for redemption and finding tragedy It the kind of play that Williams excels at It s notable that the original theater production stared Paul Newman as Chance Wayne the prodigal son returning home for his last chance with Heavenly He is hoping his connection with the aging former superstar actress The Princess Kosmonopolis who was pl [...]


    14. A great play of manipulation and betrayal and love with a really interesting plot Personally I did not find myself invested in the characters which is the main reason I have given it 3 5 I would recommend it, but not over and above other plays of his like A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof I enjoyed reading it and the use of plastic theatre is very interesting.


    15. I didn t like this play as much as the other works of Williams I ve read so far The characters fell flat and the plot didn t have the tension I ve come to expect from his writing I also didn t enjoy the dialogue and felt the first act dragged on for too long.


    16. tennessee williams is SO GOOD he s my favorite playwright i feel like the racial aspect of this play is a little uncomfortable, but theatre is a great place to be uncomfortable, right


    17. Very promising start Develops quite well, but by the midpoint, it becomes quite clear where this is all headed and becomes anti climactic quite quickly.


    18. The characters are interesting enough The plot has some similarities to the film Sunset Boulevard 1950 I was expecting tension after everything that was going on.


    19. As a fan of Tennessee Williams, I was hesitant to read this play.Not only have I heard it has one of the greatest first halves of any play, but also one of the worst second halves of any play I was torn I m 26, only a few years shy of Chance Wayne, the protagonist I feel it s only appropriate to start now, since I m creeping up to his age I found the play to be a wonderful commentary on time and love Chance Wayne is one of the most inspirational, philosophical characters I ve ever read Each line [...]


    20. One of Williams depressing plays though none of them are particularly cheerful , Sweet Bird of Youth manages to perfectly capture our covert longing, our hopeless aspirations, our desperate race against time and age and our ever so shakeable psyche The characters are all corrupted and tainted in one way or another, not necessarily because they re bad people, but because they re chasing paper dreams and have no real platform to jump from The tragedy of characters such as Alexandra Del Lago and C [...]


    21. They say third time s the charm, right Well, my third Tennessee Williams drama cemented me firmly in my opinion that these plays work better as movie adaptations rather than standalone literary works Here s the proof Exhibit A Cat on a hot tin roofExhibit B A streetcar named desireExhibit C Sweet bird of youth.Let s talk a bit about Exhibit C Again, I get the idea behind Sweet bird of youth After all, the topic of being young and growing old is timeless and often used in literature and poetry Th [...]


    22. Dulce p jaro de juventud es una de las obras m s famosas de su autor y ha sido interpretada en numerosas ocasiones y tuvo una estupenda adaptaci n cinematogr fica a cargo de Richard Brooks con ese Apolo que es Paul Newman y con Geraldin Page en los papeles principales.Personalmente no me ha entusiasmado en exceso, tiene partes interesantes pero me parece demasiado estadounidense Por supuesto, me refiero a que la obra intenta ser una especie de cr tica a lo m s rancio de ese pa s pero no puede de [...]


    23. The main character Chance Wayne addresses the audience at the end and essentially says, Ozymandianly Look back on your youth and despair Chance had his chance when he was young and fortune never smiled on him Was it due to character partly or was it due to Chance partly Whatever the reason, time has done its damage and he is rueful of the present and the future Prime Tennessee Williams territory There is a lot of comedy, satire, and drama in this one The send up of the bigot Boss Finley is broad [...]


    24. Another doomed love affairContains the standard Tennessee Williams dose of sexual weirdness and violence, and characters lost in the consequences of their decisions Yes, the past haunts us all.This must have been a deeply personal work, and maybe that explains the meta aspects of it, those moments when the fourth wall is broken Some of the characters seem to know they re wearing masks, and playing parts I don t know how effective that aspect of it was, really, and the pessimistic tone may not ag [...]


    25. Approaching the end of my Tennessee Williams readings Hooray This one is about an aging actress and her gigolo, who is trying to blackmail her for a chance at stardom and a way to get his ladylove to whom he gives a venereal disease out of the small Southern town he s from It was pretty good, mostly because of Alexandra del Lago the aging actress, who is even fun in the film in Geraldine Page s than capable hands , but as with any text visual or written with an aging actress in it, I am going [...]


    26. You know, I can t figure out exactly what it is that I want to criticise about this I didn t like it, but I also can t pinpoint why or what was wrong with it There s something about Williams writing that is just like that I don t really like what he does, but there s also nothing wrong with it there s just a tone or SOMETHING that I really don t get and doesn t gel with me Of the three plays I ve read by him, I think this was probably my lease favourite I like Streetcar best, I suppose, though I [...]


    27. I am not sure what intrigued me about this play to such an extent, but it may have been the way Williams discusses the theme of fatality and misfortune Turning back time will never be possible and sometimes moving on is the only real thing we can do It was so no happy ending and rainbow story but it was a conclusion It s worth reading or watching as the conclusion is an entity in itself and promising for a better understanding our decisions


    28. It took me a while to get through this one having seen it in play, I think I wasn t overly excited to read it But what can I say Tennessee William s art comes to life dramatized, because his words are words.Beautifully written, Sweet Bird Of Youth is a poignant story with a lesson learnt don t cry over the past, don t bother holding on to it, and don t blame it on time missing Youth isn t wasted on the young, it s you who doesn t take the chance Lead your own way, and make due.


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