Off-Topic by G.R. Reader The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter Yellow Dog by Martin Amis Carp Fishing on Valium by Graham Parker Authors vs. Goodreads by Zoe. First published by Metheun & Co. in , corrected in First presented on stage by Michael Codron and David Hall at the New Arts Theatre, London, 18th. The Dwarfs is Harold Pinter’s first and only novel, written long before his first play between and His first play was a year later in , The Room.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Then, inKerry Lee Crabbe turned the now-published novel into a film script that never found a buyer. He admits, however, that his own fascination with The Dwarfs stems partly from the fact that he is an almost exact contemporary of Pinter.

The book reads like one of his plays.

It was really hard to read hatold till the end. And in addition to this odd trio–which Pete sees as a “”church””-like unit–there’s Pete’s girlfriend, schoolteacher Virginia, who’s becoming exasperated with Pete’s moodiness not to mention his lack of sexual energy.

A part from their public prominence and a shared passion for cricket, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard don’t seem to have much in common.

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Reading it felt a little like reading ‘The Wasteland’ by T. However, for those careful and delicate literature lovers with the time and focus necessary for the task, Dwarfs is a densely layered and methodically crafted tale of common lust and betrayal mixed with some rather heavy-handed but finely wielded philosophy. After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career intouring throughout Ireland.

For those who know of his plays’ stark ambiguity and pointed pointlessness, this novel will be nothing too new. Jul 09, Angela Randall marked it as to-read Shelves: InPinter stated that he was not inclined to write plays explicitly about political subjects; yet in the mids he began writing overtly political plays, reflecting his own heightening political interests and changes in his personal life.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. Also fascinated by Pete is hapless Len Weinstein, a train-station laborer and poet who’s intense about mathematics and his own existential misery “”I’m the ragamuffin who vomits in the palace. I need to read it again one of these days because he’s so smart. The production was very well received during its first incarnation, and we wanted to bring it to a wider audience at the SummerWorks Festival.

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pjnter Jan 15, Frits Brouwer rated it liked it. This site uses cookies. Peter and Mark appear as rivals and this rivalry gets more apparent when someone mentions Virginia: It read more, as I said, like an early draft of a play. He directed almost 50 stage, television, and film productions and acted extensively in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others’ works.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Some chapters were reasonably good, about 4 different “friends”, most dialogs of 2 or more of them at a time.

I was very much on my guard when I started Some stories are not read for plots but for the words they are composed of and the ideas that the words lead to, the Dwarfs is one of those story, the only problem is that The Dwarfs is not harolc story but a Novel: What is puzzling, however, is that Pinter’s novel, like Stoppard’s, remains largely unread – even by students who analyse the plays to the point of suffocation. First, and most obviously, that he has always drawn heavily on his own experience.

What is puzzling, however, is that Pinter’s novel, like Stoppard’s, rem 2 scene sets: There weren’t any scene settings, nor tactile sensations, like smells or descriptions of rooms. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. dwaarfs


The Dwarfs

As the female outsider in the Hackney gang of which Pinter was a part, she confirmed that they would hang out in cafes talking about the significance of everyday things such as rooms and engaging in edgy verbal exchanges. There is a lawn. Oct 12, Lars Meyer rated it it was ok. Their reference to religion shows that they are unconsciously aware of the waywardness of the life yet the institutionalized religion does not conform with the nature of these Londoners. The Dwarfs is an early work.

Despite frail health after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in DecemberPinter continued to act on stage and screen, last performing the title role in a critically-acclaimed stage production of Samuel Beckett’s one-act monologue Krapp’s Last Tapefor the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court Theatre, in October See my other reviews here!

The story here–what little there is of it–involves the moods and quirks of four fairly bright, fairly depressed ordinary young Londoners, and the triangular tensions among them vaguely foreshadowing Betrayal. It’s also written in language of extraordinary vigour that has echoes of Webster and Beckett and yet remains pure Pinter. A mim pareceu-me que o absurdo teria de ser lido e entendido de um modo distanciado para o podermos entender.


It is made up of some friends talking. Jun 01, Arooj rated it liked it. May 23, Elizabeth rated it liked it. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Now, with Pinter’s approval and some minor changes, this version reaches the stage of London’s Tricycle Theatre. The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter. Preview — The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter.

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