- ペーパーバック: 192ページ
- 出版社: New Directions; Revised版 (2004/08)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 9780811216029
- ISBN-13: 978-0811216029
- ASIN: 0811216020
- 発売日： 2004/08
- 商品パッケージの寸法: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
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A Streetcar Named Desire (New Directions Paperbook) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/8
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Who better than America's elder statesman of the theater, Williams' contemporary Arthur Miller, to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture in the form ofA Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective on Williams' singular style of poetic dialogue, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this a unique and valuable new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. This definitive new edition will also include Williams' essay "The World I Live In," and a brief chronology of the author's life.
"In Streetcar Williams found images and rhythms that are still part of the way we think and feel and move..."
In Streetcar Williams found images and rhythms that are still part of the way we think and feel and move. --Jack Kroll"
Lyrical and poetic and human and heartbreaking and memorable and funny.--Francis Ford Coppola
The introductions, by playwrights as illustrious as Williams himself, are the gem of these new editions.--Ken Furtado
Blanche is the Everest of modern American drama, a peak of psychological complexity and emotional range.--John Lahr
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BLANCHE: What you are talking about is brutal desire--just--Desire!--the name of that rattle-trap street-car that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another...
STELLA: Haven't you ever ridden on that street-car?
Many will have seen either the stage or film versions of Streetcar, but reading through Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play allows for the depression to really set in. Readers may even recognize qualities in friends and family members approximating those of alcoholism or domestic violence.
BLANCHE: A hot bath and a long, cold drink always give me a brand new outlook on life!
There are so many great dialogue exchanges here, outside of the classic "kindness of strangers" quote. I'll snip a few of my favorites.
MITCH: You ought to lay off his liquor. He says you been lapping it up all summer like a wild-cat!
BLANCHE: What a fantastic statement! Fantastic of him to say it, fantastic of you to repeat it!
The abusive domestic relationship seemed a common theme in mid-20th Century America; witness both Streetcar and The Honeymooners. "One of these days...POW! Right in the kisser! One of these days Alice, straight to the Moon!"
STANLEY: When we first met, me and you, you thought I was common. How right you was, baby. I was common as dirt. You showed me the snapshot of the place with the columns. I pulled you down off them columns and how you loved it.
Very easy to get through this in a sitting or two. Very hard not to be emotionally moved, even if the dénouement, vis-a-vis Stanley and Blanche, was not obvious to me after that first reading many years ago.
BLANCHE: Don't you just love these long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn't just an hour--but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands--and who knows what to do with it?
Postscript: My own copy is the mid-80s Signet printing, which includes a 4-page Introduction by the author.
Blanche buries her devious past with a new start in New Orleans and skirts questions with a swift wit in conversation. She waters down the pains and frustrations of the past with concealed drinking and shrouds her aging face from gentleman callers in a soft light. She delusionally and openly believes that a fictional Texas oil magnate will arrive to whisk her away from yet another prison she finds herself in.
Blanche maintains a very interesting relationship with Stanley, the bane of her existence in the French Quarter. While Stanley is ostensibly boorish and untamed, Blanche poorly masks these same latent characteristics in her own personality with a ladylike charm, frequent bathing, and heavy perfume. Her attacks on Stanley are actually projections, effectively assaults on the qualities she hates most about herself. Her outward disdain for her sister's husband is likely an aggressive reaction to what is better known as jealousy.
What's more, this behavior runs in the family (another universal Williams theme). Stella convinces herself that an abusive relationship is fit to raise a child in. And at one point, the sisters recall their mother's refusal to accept her own mortality and her imploration to her young daughters to participate in this shared collusion.
In the final scenes of the story, as Stella is giving birth to their son, Stanley finishes what he started, defeating Blanche completely in a territorial act of rape. When Blanche finally does choose to embrace honesty and come clean with Stella about the crime, her sister refuses to believe her and locks her away with the truth in an asylum, in step with what we'd expect from the DuBois family.
The play was originally to be named "The Poker Night," and like "The Glass Menagerie," this image is an appropriate symbol to help unify the piece. As Williams writes it, poker, a game of deception, is not just played by the men in this play.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Perpignan
We have the two main characters, Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, foils of each other. Blanche wants to live in a la-la magical world of gentleman callers and fancy clothes, while Stanley wants to, uh, play poker and bed his wimpy wife. His world is harsh and he is definitely a cruel bastard, but his is the world in which we live in. Like my old high school history teacher taught me, you must make the distinction between what's real and what's only a dream. Blanche can't make that distinction, but doesn't realize it (not to mention has a dark life of her own), and in truth her destruction is caused in part by herself. We can all learn a lesson from this masterpiece: You have to stop living in Dream World before you are destroyed by the Real World.