Edmond

A fortune teller s teasing rumination sends Edmond lurching into New York City s hellish underworld, his whole life abandoned in a searing quest for self discovery and redemption.
Edmond A fortune teller s teasing rumination sends Edmond lurching into New York City s hellish underworld his whole life abandoned in a searing quest for self discovery and redemption

  • Title: Edmond
  • Author: David Mamet
  • ISBN: 9780413773692
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
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    1 thought on “Edmond”

    1. normally hate Mamet, but i actually surprised myself by liking this one. like literally out of nowhere. made me think there was something wrong, but it's got a kind of natural sobriety and bite to it that i find his other plays (Oleanna, Race, etc.) trying too hard to manufacture. apparently this play was dedicated to Wallace Shawn? which is majorly freaky, because it felt like Mamet trying to channel Shawn, but maybe this made him realize how much better of a playwright Shawn was and he got ang [...]

    2. "Edmond" is disappointing work of questionable literary value. I most admired Mamet's writing style, tight and modernist. The work is easily and quickly read because it is shallow. I can appreciate the work for its theatricality, and seeing this produced might sway my opinion. Generally found the work contemptible, but I enjoyed witnessing the pathetic protagonist's fall. The ending is interesting because the protagonist returns, figuratively, to the domesticated prison from which he escaped. Th [...]

    3. Tightly written. I think this is about as close as art can usefully come to a thesis. It's focused and simple but not pedantic or quick to jump to conclusions. Like mamet keeps looking at these themes of money, power, sex, religion and is convinced of how his character moves through these scenarios, but less certain of what that inexorable unfolding means.

    4. Quentin Tarrantino has cited Mamet as an influence in how he writes his dialogue. Take Edmond, mash it together with American Buffalo, and you've got Reservoir Dogs. I love it when I can pick out the influences from artist to artist, as well as pick up that influence myself along the way. Edmond is thought provoking, uncomfortable at times, and truly dark. My kind of play.

    5. I'd love to see this play on the stage. I found the character Edmond fascinating and curious. He's a testimony to Mamet's writing, which is controlled and sparse, leaving just enough leeway for the reader to imagine and wonder what is going on in Edmond's mind.

    6. Not a fan of Mamet anyway, and this one is the quintessential misogyny and nihilism that I detest. I find the story uninteresting and hard to believe, the moral (if you can call it that) disgusting and highly objectionable, and the main character despicable.

    7. i'm a Mamet fan myself, but this one make me feel badmaybe it was because of ending. it scared out of meopted dialogues from Hamlet was good,though "There is a destiny that shapes our ends.h-hew them how we may."

    8. A very underrated play from David Mamet. The darkness of the character Edmond had the audience glued to the pages.

    9. So confusing, but I liked it. I think this one where I'd benefit a lot from actually getting to see it live.

    10. Great example of how plays need scenes that focus on behavior and how a protagonist needs to be singular if a point of view will be achieved.

    11. Deeply disturbing but somehow captivating. Edmond's will to find himself is astonishingly frightening.

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