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Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award
By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances. Bella, is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits...
Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award
By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances. Bella, is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hood in a strange new world called Yonkers.
"The best play Simon ever wrote."-New York Post
"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three."-Wall Street Journal
"One of Simon's most impressive and funniest plays."-New York Daily News
"Laughter and tears have come together in a new emotional truth. There are moments in this play when you experience a new kind of laughter for Simon, a silent laughter that doesn't explode into a yuk but implodes straight into your heart."- Newsweek
Posted September 18, 2009
If there were one place during the 1940's that I wouldn't want to get lost in, it would be Yonkers, especially if you're forced to live with a cruel grandmother while you father is off working to cure the family's financial problems. Living with their grandma meant, no love, no hope, no mother, and no money. The characters lives provide little interest for the reader, making the book, Lost in Yonker, by Neil Simon, not that exciting.
The characters in this novel are the reasons to put this book down. They confuse and bore you. For example, the character Louie was a pointless character; he just gave the author more words to put on the page. Another example is the charater Grandma. Grandma is one character you don't want to get involved with. She's a grouchy, selfish, and cruel person. She has no friends and hardly any family. She never showed any love or support for her them, and all she did was treat them the way she was treated back when she was a little girl living in Germany. That is why her son Eddie has no self-esteem, her other son Louie is a small time gangster, her daughter Gert has a speech impediment, and her other daughter Bella has the metality of a child. There were two other children but they both passed away. Eddie's two sons, Arty and Jay, are forced to live with her for ten months, and it's a miracle how they even survive.
If I were to give this book a rating, out of five stars, I would give it a two. I don't recommend this book, because it's not worth reading something that will not hold your interest. If Neil Simon was willing to change each character and the plot of the story, you might want to consider readng it. This book was originally a play, and it should have stayed that way.
Posted September 18, 2009
Have you ever been to Yonkers? Well, if you haven't the play "Lost in Yonkers", by Neil Simon, takes place in the city of Yonkers. The author really describes the feelings of this city. He does this by uses words to describe the poor, rundown neighborhood. The book takes place in the year 1946. During the 1940's World War II was happening. Also, the country was recovering from the great depression.
There are only seven main characters; their names are Jay, Arty, Eddie, Bella, Grandma, Louie, Gert and Jay/ Arty's dad. This play is told from the point of view of Arty and Jay. The main idea of this story is that Jay and Arty have to stay at their grandmother's apartment. The two kids have to stay there because their father is in search of money to pay back a loan shark. As the kids stay at their grandmothers home they learn new lessons and the learn information about their family members.
"Lost in Yonkers" is fun and easy to read and it teaches an important lesson about survival, that many should learn. In the play, Neil Simon teaches the lesson of survival by showing that you can learn from your older folks. Jay and Arty learn how to live on their own. Their grandmother's harsh German heritage instructs lessons into Jay and Arty.
I would recommend this book. This book is a new way to read because it is written in a form of a play. Neil Simon uses the characters voice choice to describe feelings and emotions. If I was to rate this play from 1 to10, I would give it an 8. Once again I would recommend this book to anyone who is forward to reading in a different style.
Posted September 21, 2008
What happens when people are in the absence of love? In the fictional play, ¿Lost in Yonkers.¿ By Neil Simon two young teenagers must cope with their grandmother while their father goes to make money. Without the love of their dad and their hard- hearted grandma right next to them, all they have are themselves to care for. When Jay and Arty¿s mother died from cancer, their father, Eddie, had to spend an exorbitant amount of money. Because of this, he needed to go and work to regain the money, forcing him to leave Jay and Arty with their grandma while he went south to look for work. While the young teens were living with their grandma they had to do whatever she said or they would be kicked out. Their grandma shows no empathy for them as they live in her lifeless house. ¿Lost in Yonkers,¿ was uninteresting and a forgettable play. I agree with the authors opinions that love is something that kids need. Jay and Arty are in the absence of love when the only people they have to love them are each other. I did not like this play because it was neither entertaining nor original. Out of a five I would give it a two. I don¿t recommend this book to people because I did not enjoy it. It was unrealistic and very shallow. It did not give much detail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2008
When I first bought this book, since I am a first time Neil Simon reader I was excited to read some of his work. I was not disappointed. This drama takes place in Yonkers, New York in the 1940s, set during WWII. The characters have depth and a feeling of genuineness to them. The twisted web the story weaves has a few common threads: living versus surviving and the need for love. This is a ¿moving drama about the cruelties and painful memories that scar a family.¿ This play is funny in the typical Neil Simon style and yet is also heartrending because of the reality of the issues portrayed. The book is not very long, and is not a difficult read. There is light language used in a few spots, but I believe that is appropriate for young adult readers, especially since it helps illustrate the characters and fits with the setting of the drama. I think that you will be moved by this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2002
Lost In Yonkers, to me, began as a wimsical play of humor and jokes, a snappy and clever launching of the plot, and funny, almost silly characters. As i began to digest and become one with the play itself i realized it was but so much more. the play is fantastic, filled with drama, tears, moments so tense and beautiful they shook my heart right in my chest, palpitated every gland of eagerness that i posess, and severed whatever boundary i formerly had in between okay play and brilliant play. I loved it, and most everyone should. Get it, trust me, you'll laugh and cheer and cry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2001
This was a very great play. It's funny and comical, but dramatic with wisdom. The changes in the characters occur obvious, but subtle. It starts out seemingly to be about the two main boys, Arty and Jay, who have to stay with their Grandmother for a long while, but shifts into focussing on Grandma Kurnitz and her life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.