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The Caretaker - Harold Pinter

Subject: A psychological study of the confluence of power, allegiance, innocence, and corruption among two brothers and a tramp.
Quite absurd, much in the same of Pinter's Birthday Party, might be due another read in a couple of years. Got a few good chuckles out of me but I get the sneaky suspicion this might be better on a second go. Great writing actually just not very exciting, I'm just surprised these type of dialogue plays were quite popular once upon a time, then again they might still be in style haven't been to Broadway or anything.
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Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes_II

Subject: The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse.

Its easy to make frends if you let pepul laff at you.

It was the way it had been back there in that strange vision. The gray murk lifted from my mind, and through it the light pierced into my brain (how strange that light should blind!), and my body was absorbed back into a great sea of space, washed under in a strange baptism.

Why am I always looking at life through a window? And after it's all over I'm sick with myself because there is so little time left for me to read and write and think, and because I should know better than to drug my mind with this dishonest stuff that's aimed at the child in me.

Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. This is something else I've discovered for myself very recently. I present it to you as a hypothesis: Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis. And I say that the mind absorbed in and involved in itself as a self-centered end, to the exclusion of human relationships, can only lead to violence and pain.
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Subject: Set on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, "A View from the Bridge" follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and niece, Catherine.
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People who added this item 263 Average listal rating (143 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0

Subject: The story follows Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an unloved orphan in 18th-century France who is born with an exceptional sense of smell.

He decided in favor of life out of sheer spite and malice.

For people could close their eyes to greatness, to horrors, to beauty, and their ears to melodies or deceiving words. But they couldn't escape scent. For scent was a brother of breath.

He had withdrawn solely for his own personal pleasure, only to be near to himself. No longer distracted by anything external, he basked in his own existence and found it splendid.
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Widowers' Houses - George Bernard Shaw

Subject: An idealistic doctor finds his principles compromised.
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