Dancing at Lughnasa

Brian Friel

In Dancing at Lughnasa, Brian Friel brilliantly evokes not simply a family trapped in their domestic situation, but the wider landscape, interior and exterior, Christian and pagan, of which they are a part.

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Ebook
ISBN
9780571288960
Date Published
15.12.2011
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Summary

It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a house just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five Mundy sisters, barely making ends meet, their ages ranging from twenty-six up to forty. The two male members of the household are brother Jack, a missionary priest, repatriated from Africa by his superiors after 25 years, and the seven-year-old child of the youngest sister. In depicting two days in the life of this menage, Brian Friel evokes not simply the interior landscape of a group of human beings trapped in their domestic situation, but the wider landscape, interior and exterior, Christian and pagan, of which they are a part.

Critic Reviews

If the great Irish dramatist has written anything warmer and wiser, I don’t know it . . . Friel has Chekhov’s talent, not just for bringing a blend of love, humour, nostalgia, realism and grief to a microcosm that feels macrocosmic, but for seeing people from outside as well as feeling them from inside.

Benedict Nightingale, The Times
Critic Reviews

Comparisons are often made between this play and Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. But Friel's play is larger, involves more destinies, and deals, without strain, in greater issues of spirituality and religion. It's a masterpiece.

Michael Coveney, Independent
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Brian Friel (9 January 1929 – 2 October 2015) wrote thirty plays across six decades and is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists. He was a member of Aosdána, the society of Irish artists, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Irish Academy of Letters, and the Royal Society of Literature where he was made a Companion…

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