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Taken as a whole, the essays in The Cabin present the closest we have yet to come to a memoir from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Speed-the-Plow. The pieces in this volume are spare and pointed: episodes, both terrifying and thrilling, from childhood; impressions of a romantic young man; the strangely familiar tales of a traveler; and eerily exotic moments of retrospection.
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Taken as a whole, the essays in The Cabin present the closest we have yet to come to a memoir from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Speed-the-Plow. The pieces in this volume are spare and pointed: episodes, both terrifying and thrilling, from childhood; impressions of a romantic young man; the strangely familiar tales of a traveler; and eerily exotic moments of retrospection.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This pleasurable amalgam of travelogue and reminiscence explores Mamet's early years in Chicago and New York and his current life as a successful playwright. (Dec.)
Mary Carroll
Readers put off by the expletives of the real estate salesmen in "Glengarry Glen Ross" will discover a very different diction in Mamet's "Cabin". To be sure, the two essays reflecting on Mamet's family betray coiled tension and unresolved anger reminiscent of his dramas: "The Rake" describes violence and cruelty in his mother and stepfather's former model home in a suburb south of Chicago; "The Watch" brings Mamet home from college for a birthday of betrayed hopes and miscommunication with his father on the city's North Side. But other Chicago essays--"W.F.M.T.," "The Hotel Lincoln," "Wabash Avenue," and "Seventy-First and Jeffrey"--celebrate the past, as do most of Mamet's recollections of other part-time or full-time homes: summer camp, Chelsea in New York City, Montreal and environs, London, and New England. The collection also offers Mamet's observations on summer jobs, a golf outing to Scotland, the Cannes Film Festival, and the guns and pinback buttons he collects. "The Cabin"'s essays deserve attention--in themselves and for the light they shed on Mamet's theater and film work.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679415589
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/20/1992
  • Pages: 157

Meet the Author

David Mamet is the author of various plays, including American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), and Oleanna. He has written and directed the films Homicide, House of Games, and Things Change (written with Shel Silverstein), and has written the screenplays for The Untouchables and Hoffa. He is the author of tow previous collections, Writing in Restaurants and Some Freaks. Mamet lives in Massachusetts and Vermont.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    In November 30, 1993, David Mamet published a book called The Cabin. The Cabin was written as an autobiography of himself. Mamet's sometimes extremist opinions give the stories full of life, and the stories are recommended to anyone who likes to think about the little things in life. This book takes place in two different cities. First it started out in the suburbs of Chicago where as a boy David Mamet would watch his father beat up his sister. Then as he became a young man, David moved to New York City, where he had to eat his way through a mountain of fried matzo ball in order to get one night of sexual bliss. The cabin was located in the woods of Vermont. The cabin stinks of wood smoke, kerosene and their associations of pleasure and regret. Overall, I didn¿t enjoy this book because it was too long. Also, this book was very boring, it didn¿t keep me interested. I couldn¿t relate to the author at all. Those are few reasons on why I don¿t like this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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