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Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Miller
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Arthur Miller's 1949 Death of a Salesman has sold 11 million copies, and Willy Loman didn't make all those sales on a smile and a shoeshine. This play is the genuine article--it's got the goods on the human condition, all packed into a day in the life of one self-deluded, self-promoting, self-defeating soul. It's a sturdy bridge between kitchen-sink realism and spectral abstraction, the facts of particular hard times and universal themes. As Christopher Bigsby's mildly interesting afterword in this 50th-anniversary edition points out (as does Miller in his memoir, Timebends), Willy is closely based on the playwright's sad, absurd salesman uncle, Manny. But of course Miller made Manny into Everyman, and gave him the name of the crime commissioner, Lohmann, in Fritz Lang's angst-ridden 1932 Nazi parable, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse.

The tragedy of Loman the all--American dreamer and loser--works eternally, on the page as on the stage. A lot of plays made history around 1949, but none have stepped out of history into the classic canon as Salesman has. Great as it was, Tennessee Williams' work can't be revived as vividly as this play still is, all over the world. (This edition has edifying pictures of Lee J. Cobb's 1949 and Brian Dennehy's 1999 performances.) It connects Aristotle, The Great Gatsby, On the Waterfront, David Mamet, and the archetypal American movie antihero. It even transcends its author's tragic flaw of pious preachiness (which undoes his snoozy The Crucible, unfortunately his most-produced play).

No doubt you've seen Willy Loman's story at least once. It's still worth reading.--Tim Appelo, Amazon.com

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The 1953 radio production of Arthur Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, with Thomas Mitchell and Arthur Kennedy, gets the Broadway treatment by Elia Kazan (who premiered the play). It was a sensation to audiences in 1949 and continues to move with its mix of cynical satire, realism and pathos. - Robert Giddings, Tribune Magazine

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8 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Chronologie des Scheiterns 18. April 2005
Von Michael Dienstbier TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch
"Death of a Salesman", erschienen 1949, ist und bleibt die kompromissloseste Abrechnung mit dem American Dream. Das Leben und Scheitern des Willy Lowman (Lowman = "niedriger Mann") werden dem Leser mittels Zeitsprüngen vermittelt, in welche sich der ausgebrannte und verzweifelte Protagonist mehr und mehr flüchtet.
Dabei wird deutlich, dass Willy sein ganzes Leben auf falsche Ideale ausgerichtet hat, was nicht nur zu seinem, sondern auch zum Scheitern seiner beiden Söhne geführt hat. Slogans wie "Start big and you will end big" oder "Personality wins the day" waren seine Lebensmaxime. Harte und konsequente Arbeit zählten nicht dazu, so dass das schulische Scheitern seines ältesten Sohnes Biff nicht so ernst genommen wurde, obwohl es, wie im nachhinein deutlich wird, den Beginn seines Abstieg markierte. Erst am Grab seines Vaters kann Biff die Lebenslüge seines Vaters, die auch ihn ins Unglück gestürzt hat, erkennen: "He had the wrong dreams. All, all wrong."
Was bleibt ist die Frage, ob Willy ein tragischer Charakter ist, tragisch in dem Sinne, dass er unverschuldet in eine ihn zerstörende Situation geraten ist. Die Antwort ist nein. Er hat sich entschieden sein Leben auf einen Traum auszurichten, er hat den wahren Verhältnissen stets die Chimäre eines besseren, perfekten Lebens vorgezogen. Damit stürzte er nicht nur sich, sondern auch seine beiden Söhne mit in den Ruin, welche er im Namen seiner lebensfernen Ideologie großzog. Willy Lowman ist somit sogar mehr als Täter denn als Opfer zu bezeichnen, obwohl er der einzige ist, der am Ende des Stückes sein Leben lässt.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Death of a salesman review 9. Juni 2000
Von Dennis
Format:Taschenbuch
I thought this book is pretty good. Its about a all American family trying to reach the American Dream. They way the father responds to everything and how he is trying to get his son to make something of himself. His son has gone from job to job and has made nothing out of himself. Its a very interesting book just of the way it is put togather, the real way. Nothing is made up, like a real American family. Something that you would expect from any family. The father works his whole life as hard as he can and has gotten pretty far in his life. But he is still working real hard. He was always hoping that his son would become someone. Unforunatly he never really did. He always trid being a sucessful salesman. Thats what one of his dreams was. Its something that he couldnt achieve. Its a little confusing and needs a little thought to undersatnd it completely, but it still remains interesting. This book did sell 11 million copies, and it has also won several awards. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about a persons life.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen The dilema of critizising reality through fiction 1. April 2000
Format:Taschenbuch
The theme of "Death of a Salesman" is interesting because it deals with the problems and the fate of individuals who become victims of "the American Dream". Arthur Miller takes the reader into the live and the situation of an apperently normal american family. Through this portrayal the author tries to give the Amrican Dream a verbal punch. There is little doubt that one of the main intetions is to criticize the American society and the American dream, and Arthur Miller does it well.
But, as always in fictional books with a criticism of reality, the author's challenge is to make it credible to the reader. As a young,non- Amrican and not very experienced reader, I have problems with the credibelity of the main character Will, the Salesman who dies. It seems to me that it's not only the effect of the American Dream that bothers him, it looks to me as if he is mentally disturb as well. His act throughout the story appear too extrem to be true. Yes, he got problems, but it is far from big problems to suicide and in my opinion, this development goes to fast. I never felt that I knew the main character well enough to see how the faliure of "the American Dream" changed him. Suddenly he had a lot of problems and acted strange and irrational,which I find incredible, in negative way. I think the author should have used more space on describing the main character and get the reader closer to him. The story begins 20 pages to early.
I have problems with the credibility of the critcism Arthur Miller tries to express, because to me the main character is just a figure in a book, not someone I could imagen in real life. The distance between fiction and reality is too big. For me.
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Format:Hörkassette
This complete performance was recorded in 1967, eighteen years after Death of a Salesman opened on Broadway. Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock, who play the salesman and his wife (Willy and Linda Loman), were members of the original cast. The others, except for Stanley the waiter, lack that distinction, but are quite impressive in their own right.
The performance is well rehearsed; the actors know and feel the play; the listener relaxes with confidence that the power, passion and meaning of the drama are in good hands all round. Only Dustin Hoffman, in the minor role of Willy's nephew, fails to get hold of his part.
Cobb and Dunnock are worth many times the price of admission. Willy would surely be a most unattractive person to live with. But the play, and Cobb, make you care what happens to him. Despite his bluster, temper, self-deception, arrogance, bullying, ineptitude, even patches of insanity, the soul comes through. Willy is shot through with heart and humanity, and it is all there in the sound and pace and pitch of Cobb's voice.
Linda Loman would have been easier to like, but she has helped to create the illusion and self-deception that the family inhabits and propagates. She is also a woman of great love, loyalty and affectional integrity. Dunnock captures it all, the tone of voice that has been hopeful and supportive for thirty-five years, firmly repressing doubts and discouragement.
Cobb and Dunnock seem to know every syllable, every nuance of this play as well as anyone could. They are soaked in it and masters of it. It would be great to see their performance again, but this is a splendid second-best. With a good play, words are the main thing. In this production, unlike most movie settings of stageplays, the words are all present, unabridged and unrevised. And they are beautifully expressed.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Naja war jetzt nicht so schlecht
Es war nicht so wirklich schlecht, weil es doch viel zwischen den Zeilen zu lesen gab, allerdings hat mich dieser alte Schreibstil gelangweilt und ich war dann froh, als ich meine... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Importance of Being Well-Liked
Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" (1949) is probably one of the most popular fables of modern times, considering that the Lomans have even made their way into well-known... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. November 2011 von Tristram Shandy
5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are a salesman do not read this play.
i read this play and changed my life 360 degree. when i decided to be a salesman i asked my self what will be my future when i was like Willy Loman , i have my dream but what else... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2000 von sayed omar
5.0 von 5 Sternen Death of a Salesman
This is a wonderful book about a play written by Arthur Miller. The drama consists of many diffrent events that occured in the story; as in the struggle of a man named Willy Loman... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Juni 2000 von Julie
4.0 von 5 Sternen Death of a salesman review
I thought this book is pretty good. Its about a all American family trying to reach the American Dream. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2000 von Dennis
2.0 von 5 Sternen Making Sales
I recently read this book for my Literature class and bat I remembered that I had read it before.The is a middle school level. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2000 von Jose Oropeza
2.0 von 5 Sternen Making Sales
I recently read this book for my Literature class and bat I remembered that I had read it before.The is a middle school level. Lesen Sie weiter...
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I do not normally read such books as this but in school we were assigned to read it. While reading this play I realized the time it was written in and accepted the poor dialogue as... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2000 von Jessica Holt
5.0 von 5 Sternen I'm surprised at the low ratings
This play is a masterpiece. If Miller wanted to slap his readers in the face with this play's theme, he would have called it "Death of the American Dream. Lesen Sie weiter...
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What a traumatic look at a family of 1950's America. The Land of the Free is the Land of the Miserable. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2000 von rareoopdvds
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