The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Cripple of Inishmaan

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by Martin McDonagh
     
 

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In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been grazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. For Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. And… See more details below

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In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been grazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. For Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. And as news of his audacity ripples through his rumor-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order.

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NY Post
McDonagh's...comic talent appears unlimited, and he also has a way...of mixing up his humor with a touch of the poet and a profound sense of tragedy always dangerously lurking on comedy's untidy fringe. In short, young McDonagh is a playwright to reckon with...
New Yorker
...McDonagh's storytelling style...has the clarity and power of fable. Each character enters not only with his own idiosyncrasy but with his own distinct idiom. McDonagh skillfully juggles rhythms and repetitions so as to illuminate the sadness, defensiveness and longing for connection underneath the characters' badinage.
London Times
McDonagh...is at root an Irish realist in the tradition of Synge, O'Casey, Friel and Billy Roche. He is also a born storyteller with a precocious sense of dramatic structure.
NY Observer
Mr. McDonagh [is] a realist with rich gifts...[He] is immensely talented and bizarre.
Guardian

A darkly savage account of lives stunted in a small 1930s rural community… McDonagh offers a cast of characters whose frail humanity is tested by the fictions that they weave… break-your-heart, cruelly funny.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375705236
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Vintage International Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
337,873
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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