There`s one thing that has surprised me many times - how can it be that I tend to find interesting books in my book shelf? It`s quite typical to me to be sure that everything that I have in my shelves I`ve either read or it`s not worth being read (or - the most typical case: both). And now and then I find something useful. This play by Arthur Miller, for example. Although "The Death of a Salesman" is considered to be his finest work, I can`t totally agree with that - this play is by no means flawless. Some of it`s aspects seem fine enough for me, but not all. Willy is an old salesman who`s American dream plays the usual trick upon him - he`s sixty now, he gets sacked despite the good work he has been doing for many decades now, his children are useless junkies and his health isn`t good either. So he commits suicide. That`s it. I`d write more but I have to make a presentation about program testing for tomorrow, so I can`t do nothing about it. Alas.
A good play is as good on paper as it is on a stage. Having hever read anything by Arthur Miller before I was prepared for everything - from a new "Hamlet" to "Dukes of Hazzard" in written form. The whole situation is quite simple - there`s Victor (age circa 50), his wife Esther (the same age), Walther (Victor`s younger brother) and Solomon - and old Jewish antiques dealer. Victor never finished his studies because he had to support his father that became some sort of a living vegetable after his business collapsed. Now, some 15 years after the father`s death Victor and Esther have finally decided to sell all the stuff his father owned. Walther who`s a successful doctor (and not a retiring policeman like Victor) comes to meet his brother and to settle the differences between them that the brothers couldn`t overcome for many long years. Solomon is nearly ninety years old and he`s not willing to give a high price for the deceased fathers posessions. But what will be the price for Victor and Walther becoming friends once again? The whole thing isn`t the best thing I`ve ever read but it`s been long since I read a play this consistently interesting.