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Equus

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Equus a play to remember.

    Dr. Dysart is a child psychiatrist who takes on a 17 year old patient, Alan Strang, a young boy who blinded six horses at the stable he worked at, with a hoof pick. Most of the play takes place in Dysart's office as he attempts to understand Alan's actions and motives behind the gruesome crimes. The plot is centered on Dysart's search for answers about what happened prior to night of the crimes. The play overall draws you in and you try to solve the case of Alan Strang. This is why I liked the play, its murder mystery meets doctor shows meets young adult genre. It just has so many genres and levels that anyone can find it enjoyable. That is why I love theatre in general because it is applicable to every one's lives. This play is about a real life with a real family. We can relate and we can be drawn in and engulfed in the story. We can learn from the story, the life, and the revelation of these characters. I would recommend this play to anyone who likes a good story, real characters, and surprising twists. The story is like any mystery; it builds on clues and speculations. Revelations happen by more than one person which moves the plot along. If you like theatre or plays in general you will like Equus. And if you do not like theatre or plays, I still believe that you will like Equus because it is real. Playwrights strive to create real people based on real situations and emotions. These characters are just like characters in any movie, TV show, commercial, ad, and any other thing you can think of. That is why this play is so good. It can be considered a read for everyone. Yes, there is a higher vocabulary and difficult subject manner; but do not be discouraged by this. Understand that it is a great story and wonderful read. I recommend this as a buy. Buy it and love every second of this drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Excellent Script

    This play will challlenge your thinking of religious worship, psychiatric treatment and the confines of human existence. It will raise questions of the "normal" state of being, questions of purpose and fulfillment and questions of the boundaries of human will.

    Both the doctor and patient are transformed throughout the play as we are shown the events leading up to the horrific act which brought these two together. While treating the patient, the doctor starts to evaluate his own efficacy of helping patients return to a "normal" state of being. He begins to view his own life in contrast to the life this boy has lead thus far. The play is as much about the doctor as it is about the boy.

    I have read this play many times and every time I gain a deeper understanding of the worldview this boy posesses. I will undoubtedly read it again many times and each time I will love it even more.

    I highly recommend this to anyone looking to read something that will challenge their beliefs and worldview.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    magnificent

    to start off,i could not put this book down.i was not a big fan of reading until i read this book.the story line was genius and i loved every minute of reading it...i read it three times and it is good every time.i would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    A reviewer

    Wow, this book is just........wow. I read through the whole thing in about 3-4 hours. Once I started I could not stop!!! After reading the play I pondered on what it all meant, what was the 'big picture', and then it hit me like a brick. Anyone who may consider themself and individual should most definatley read this play. It is total and complete awesomness. GO BUY IT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    Excellent!

    Great piece of literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    Amazing

    I heard about Equus and was intrigued by the plot so I picked it up at my local bookstore. I had gotten through the first two pages and was hooked on this powerful story. 'He has the strangest stare I ever met.' - Dysart pg. 18 Alan Strang, main character, begins his therapy roughly, refusing to answer his psychiatrists questions. As the story moves on though, and Alan reveals more and more to Dysart, you come to almost share Dysart's admiration for this young man's passion. This book is beautifully written and if you enjoyed it I highly recommend you see the play as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    EQUUS Is Back!

    I love this book it's so interesting! For those of you that don't know this, which isn't a lot, EQUUS is back and Daniel Radcliffe is playing Alan Strang. People are talking about him being nude in one scene, which is definately true. It's so stupid to get all worked up about that one scene because it's at most four minutes as Daniel Radcliffe says and also, you really don't notice it that much because there's talking going on and it's at the very end so you're so into what's going to happen next, that you just don't notice it that much. Daniel Radcliffe is an amazing actor and if anybody says he isn't after seeing EQUUS, I'll punch them. One of my favorite scenes is when Alan is riding on the 'horse' (it's really a person with a wire horse head and hooves on) and the whole entire stage does a 360 degree spin. It actually looks like he's going really, really fast! Right now EQUUS is only playing in London, but it's coming to Broadway soon! I recommend reading this book and seeing the play, or either one! EQUUS rules!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    Equus

    Not only is this play confronting, but it reveals a side of modern literature that many writers have yet explored. Our class read this play in English and analysed it in some detail. It is interesting to debate who really was responsible for Alans crime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    gripping

    I read the book as a part of my english coure and usually these books are boring, even though this one was incredipöy sick, I couldnt put it down. the author takes the reader with him in to the boys head and I couldnt stop until I knew why he did what he did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2001

    Equus

    Beatifully written book as it exposes the truth; that man is hidden and cannot expose real passion behind society's barriers. Alan strang demonstrates that to us in a violent and 'disgusting' manner, although at the end a point is proven which some playwriters cannot do nearly as well as Peter shaffer was able to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Powerful!

    The starkness of the stage threw me off a little until I got a good mental image. After that, I was able to clearly understand the story. There were so many thoughts going through my head as I was reading. I didn't understand Alan's behavior...then, Dysart meets the parents. Dora and Frank are interesting people. When Alan sees Frank as a guy at the skin flick, he is seeing his father as a human being for the first time. I guess that I can understand that because as I mature, I see my own parents as human beings with their flaws instead of my glorified parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    Beyond Words

    I saw this as a play and then read it. I was spellbound as I watched the production. I had never seen anything move me and speak to me as this play did. The twistedness of the play brings you in and then never lets you go. It was wonderful and I would recomend it to any one!

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