Broken Glass

Broken Glass Set in Brooklyn this gripping mystery begins when attractive level headed Sylvia Gellburg suddenly loses her ability to walk The only clue to her mysterious ailment lies in her obsession with news a

  • Title: Broken Glass
  • Author: Arthur Miller
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Set in Brooklyn, this gripping mystery begins when attractive, level headed Sylvia Gellburg suddenly loses her ability to walk The only clue to her mysterious ailment lies in her obsession with news accounts from Germany.

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    1. Yeah I'm not sure what went on here. I get the effects of war etc but one minute she's paralysed, next she's trying to screw the doctor, then she's gone nuts?! I love the crucible by Miller but this one I'm just not sure.

    2. "I have this unconventional approach to illness," the doctor explains at one point. "I believe we get sick in twos and threes and fours, not alone as individuals." Se nota que es una obra tardía de Miller: por fin hace decir a uno de sus protagonistas que es socialista. Desde John Proctor lo sabíamos, pero que el Dr. Hyman lo diga deja en claro el contexto histórico de producción de esta obra.Todos los tópicos que estaban más o menos ocultos en sus obras de los '40-'60 se manifiestan: la r [...]

    3. Second time reading this for my English exam. Storyline was slow and only liked Sylvia as I felt sorry for her.

    4. Nedenini bilmiyorum ancak bu oyundan oldukça hoşlandım. Karakterlerin soğukluğu, Hymen'in tavırları Büyük ihtimalle kadının çok acı çekiyor oluşundan kaynaklı.:D

    5. I picked this one up in an armload of books from a library sale, like I tend to do once or twice a year I thought, "huh I've never heard of this one, and I love Arthur Miller plays! Let's do it!"Now I know why I'd never heard of it. This play is terrible. I was miserable reading this from the very first scene. Thankfully, the torture was brief because it's far shorter to read than the plays I love and teach yearly. This felt like Arthur Miller turning in a play he wrote the night before the dead [...]

    6. One of Miller's more acclaimed plays, however it left me unfinished. The topics that are dealt with (i.e mental health, domestic abuse, adultery, racism) were certainly hot albeit taboo topics when the play was originally written. However, Miller is a master playwright, as we see in his more well-known works (The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and After the Fall), that can handle controversial topics with great deft. This play, however, never seems to come to full sense of itself. It is compelli [...]

    7. I have always wanted to feel very erudite and read Arthur Miller and now, dammit, I've done it. I read about half of Death of a Salesman and was just too depressed to carry on. But Broken Glass was more accessible to me and there is one particular moment of the play that is seared into my memory. Not because it's graphic or violent or anything else, but because it's a real howl of truth that Miller just nailed. Relevant today - shockingly so - if you want to delve into some Miller, I highly reco [...]

    8. "This is a Jewish woman's tone of voice."This play be like "Hey, what if women are not hysterical but instead what happens is that her husbands don't know how to fuck them and also Nazis are fucking scary?" Miller misses some but he hits it out of the park a lot more.

    9. Broken Glass is connected to the "Crystal Night" the name that's been given to the night of 9-10 November 1938. In almost all large German cities and some smaller ones that night, store windows of Jewish shops were broken, Jewish houses and apartments were destroyed, and synagogues were demolished and set on fire. Many Jews were arrested, some were beaten, and some were even killed. It's a story about a Jewish couple Sylvia and Phillip in New York. Sylvia is somehow affected by what's happening [...]

    10. Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg, a Jewish couple living in New York, Sylvia suddenly becomes partially paralysed after reading about the events of Kristallnacht in the newspaper. Dr. Hyman believes that it’s psychosomatic. Throughout the play, Dr. Hyman learns more about the problems that Sylvia is having in her personal life, particularly in her marriage. After an argument with his boss, Philip suffers a heart attack and is dying at his home. Phillip and Sylvia confront each other about their fee [...]

    11. I know I'm too old to be saying this, but I've just discovered Arthur Miller. What a wonderful writer! This story is set just before the USA's involvement in WWII, and is what I believe is one of the early explorations of how real life events can affect one psychologically. It is such a period piece and so perfectly written -- for anyone who wants to know more about the popular culture of this period, this is a "must read".

    12. The story reminds me of some of the dynamics in my own family. It makes me think that there is a lot writing that is to recover from a trauma.The story is all about Phil's change. He has to recognize that he has to change. The doctor must be like Arthur Miller. There are nice things about what characters say (e.g. Opera, that everyone finds that they're a David & Goliath).The company man is too similar to the one from Death of a Salesman.

    13. An interesting portrayal and study of the human condition relating to stress, the sources, the response and perhaps more importantly the personal contributions to its devastating effects on ourselves and each other due to the inability to admit and realize our own weaknesses. An enjoyable tour through some of life's challenges.

    14. "Broken Glass" refers to frequent 1939 U.S. news reports of Nazi human rights abuses against Jews. Fear dominates American Jewish households. American Jews obsessed with being Jewish. If you like reading Arthur Miller plays, this is a good one. Social justice issues in 2013 have not changed in 70 years. How we express our outrage at injustice has changed from Miller's expression of it.

    15. Regrettably, I'm finding out that once you get past the four Miller "greats" (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, View from the Bridge, and All My Sons), there's not a whole lot of good material left. The idea of Jewish shame and/or Jewish fear is an idea that deserves a better play than this. Characters are superficial, plot development is lazy.

    16. A bit melodramatic. Not my favourite, but an okay read. Holocaust and psychology, sexual frusteration, love. but all spun into a slightly over-the-top plot that doesn't match up to death of a salesman.

    17. Complex read. I studied the book as part of my AS english literature exam novel and didn't particularly enjoy it on first read when being forced to. However, reading again for my own pleasure i was captivated by the themes and te characters and the restrictions of society.

    18. An uneven mix of a play that tackles some big themes and does nothing wrong exactly but never gels. The local sexual psychodrama grates against rather than informs the outrage at the holocaust and anti-semitism. Well written, line by line, but disjointed.

    19. I love how Miller's preoccupation throughout many of his works is the nature of infidelity and betrayal in marriage. It's not enough to fill a play, though.

    20. While I appreciated Miller's attempt to give us a closer look at the lives of Holocaust survivors, this play falls flat. Not his best work.

    21. Read for a class, very interesting read through! Highly recommend for those WWII buffs, specifically on the Holocaust.

    22. Fear can overwhelm and kill you. I feel like FDR's words “nothing to fear but fear itself” apply to this play.

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