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Victoria Station, is a brilliantly funny yet eerily chilling dialogue between a bewildered taxi driver (who may have gone mad) and the exasperated dispatcher who is trying, without success, to direct him to a waiting fare. The driver, who says he has fallen in love with the passenger who is asleep (or perhaps dead) on his back seat, doesn't seem to know his own location, much less that of Victoria Station.

Family Voices is a series of parallel monologues between a mother and son...

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Overview

Victoria Station, is a brilliantly funny yet eerily chilling dialogue between a bewildered taxi driver (who may have gone mad) and the exasperated dispatcher who is trying, without success, to direct him to a waiting fare. The driver, who says he has fallen in love with the passenger who is asleep (or perhaps dead) on his back seat, doesn't seem to know his own location, much less that of Victoria Station.

Family Voices is a series of parallel monologues between a mother and son in the form of letters probably written but never mailed, in which the facade of a happy family gradually disintegrates into a cauldron of recrimination.

One for the Road, a powerful statement about the abuse of human rights by totalitarian governments, finds an unctuous and "civilized" interrogator humiliating the doomed members of a family who have become enemies of the state.

A Kind of Alaska, is a masterly study of a middle-aged woman waking up from a coma induced by sleeping sickness after thirty years have passed. In her mind she is still sixteen, and her attempts to fathom the changed world into which she reemerges are not only poignant and emotionally charged but, in the end, devastatingly brilliant theatre as well.

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John Barber
Harold Pinter is writing at the top of his powers…It has taken some of us time to learn Pinter's language. He was never less obscure than here, or more profoundly eloquent about the fragile joy of being alive.
—The Daily Telegraph
Michael Billington
The first two plays in Other Places are strange, comic, and fascinating, but you would know they were Pinter if you met them in your dreams. However, the third play, A Kind of Alaska, (which strikes me on instant acquaintance as a masterpiece) moves one in a way no work of his has ever done before…Never before have I known a Pinter play to leave one so emotionally wrung through.
—The Guardian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802151896
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1983
  • Series: Pinter, Harold Series
  • Pages: 83
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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