The Gull Reef Club

3/24/2008

Tobacco Road and the Tin Roof

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:32 pm

Just rounded out two southern themed books (part of my library sale books).

First off was Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell. I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. Instead of it being a painfully/ironic/southern gothic story, it was just nothing. A whole lotta nothing. The end couldn’t come soon enough. Maybe I’ll be able to appreciate something in this book years from now that I’m just not getting at this time. But maybe not.

The second, um, book (?) with a southern theme, was not actually a book. It was Tennessee Williams’ play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. I haven’t read a play in years and honestly didn’t think I’d like it. I was pleasantly proved wrong. This turned out to be a powerfully emotional story, a high southern drama.

The copy of Cat that I have, has both Williams’ original Third Act and director Elia Kazan’s influenced/rewritten Third Act. I prefer Williams’ original. It left much more to the imagination. It also highlighted Brick as more of a tragic fallen star, which appealed to me because Brick was the best developed and my favorite character in this play.

I know some of you beachcombers have dabbled in the theatre. Any of you work on Cat in any capacity? I’d love to hear your take.

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