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Plays 2: Kafka's Dick, The Insurance Man, The Old Country, An Englishman Abroad, A Question of Attribution (Faber Contemporary Classics)

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This second volume of plays by Alan Bennett includes his two Kafka plays, one an hilarious comedy, the other a profound and searching drama. Also included is An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution. The fascination of these two plays lies in the way they question our accepted notions of treachery and, in different ways, make a sympathetic case for Guy Burgess an This second volume of plays by Alan Bennett includes his two Kafka plays, one an hilarious comedy, the other a profound and searching drama. Also included is An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution. The fascination of these two plays lies in the way they question our accepted notions of treachery and, in different ways, make a sympathetic case for Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.


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This second volume of plays by Alan Bennett includes his two Kafka plays, one an hilarious comedy, the other a profound and searching drama. Also included is An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution. The fascination of these two plays lies in the way they question our accepted notions of treachery and, in different ways, make a sympathetic case for Guy Burgess an This second volume of plays by Alan Bennett includes his two Kafka plays, one an hilarious comedy, the other a profound and searching drama. Also included is An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution. The fascination of these two plays lies in the way they question our accepted notions of treachery and, in different ways, make a sympathetic case for Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.

30 review for Plays 2: Kafka's Dick, The Insurance Man, The Old Country, An Englishman Abroad, A Question of Attribution (Faber Contemporary Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cecily

    I love Alan Bennett (and Arnold Bennett) and I love Kafka, but in very different ways, so I was wondering how a combination would work. Very well, I'm pleased to report. Kafka's Dick: Short play by Alan Bennett about Kafka and especially his relationships with Brod and his father and the effect on his philosophy and self-esteem etc. Some excellent insights (eg in The Trial Joseph K is accused of a crime actually committed by a house painter, whereas in Crime & Punishment (which Kafka enjoyed) a I love Alan Bennett (and Arnold Bennett) and I love Kafka, but in very different ways, so I was wondering how a combination would work. Very well, I'm pleased to report. Kafka's Dick: Short play by Alan Bennett about Kafka and especially his relationships with Brod and his father and the effect on his philosophy and self-esteem etc. Some excellent insights (eg in The Trial Joseph K is accused of a crime actually committed by a house painter, whereas in Crime & Punishment (which Kafka enjoyed) a house painter is wrongly accused of a crime actually committed by Raskolnikov). Also very witty and sometimes surreal. Prefaced by a good essay about Kafka, by AB (repeated in Writing Home, under the title Kafka in Las Vegas). Insurance Salesman: Short play by Alan Bennett imagining the victim of a worker in a dye factory coming to Kafka's insurance company, but failing in his claim. To help him out, K gets him a job in his uncle's factory, but since that is an asbestos factory, that is ultimately the cause of his death. See my Kafka-related bookshelf for other works by and about Kafka (http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/...).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Highlandtown

    I liked “A Question...” best and “Insurance Man” least in this set.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annikka K

    Näistä kuultu toi Kafka's dick, se on ihan mahtava.

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    Alex

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    Sarah

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    DC

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    Brien Fletcher

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    Tom Richards

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    James Appleyard

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    Michael

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    Phillip Duncan

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    Christopher

  14. 4 out of 5

    F PACKER

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    Thrown With Great Force

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    jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ksenia Tserkovskaya

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    lixy

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    lucy maisie

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    Michael

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    Christian

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    Jake Mackley

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    Héctor

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    Vilhjálmur Bragason

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rullsenberg

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt

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    Alice

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Rowley

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