Thursday, March 5, 2009

100 Greatest Books #82 - Our Town

Note - This review was originally published on my other site "The Geology P.A.G.E." but due to the content I have moved it here and backdated the post.

Next up on my reading of the top 100 books is Our Town by Thorton Wilder. You can find this book on the Sybervision Book List.
This play makes a whole lot more sense if you read the preface to it, in addition to reading/ watching it. From the outside it appears to be a play about a normal American family but if you read the preface you would know that it is more than that. The family is meant to be timeless. A thing that was not known around Wilder's time. All the concurrent plays were grounded in a specific time whereas Wilder removed all props and set pieces to give the play a timeless quality. A play about any town in America. A play about any family, and although it still feels a little dated, it actually has remained quite timeless. The plot was fairly simple, about a family growing up, loving, and dying, in a small American town. And it was easy to follow, although there is that feeling that your missing something when you finish reading it. I'm still not quite sure what that was but I did enjoy it.

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