THE LAUREATE: Harold Pinter was one of the most influential British actors ad playwrights of the 20th century. more biographical detail to follow
WHAT I’M READING: “The Homecoming” and “Tea Party”
REVIEW: I don’t have that much to say about this guy. Both the play and the screenplay have male characters suffer through the manifestation of their most irrational fear. In “The Homecoming,” a brother visits his working class family for the first time since he was married, and finds that his wife, who was a prostitute before they met, has reverted to her old profession under his brother’s tutelage. In “Tea Party,” which was originally filmed and only later adapted for the stage, a businessman (who conveniently gives a long speech about how only rational thought can guide human activity) finds himself questioning his own perceptions and eventually ends the play completely blind and almost catatonic as the people around him slowly lose their inhibitions and cultural restraints. In the short story, which is much more impressionistic, the businessman is glad of his
RECOMMENDED: I think so, yes. I would want to read through and watch both of these a few more times before I come to a complete critical opinion. But in general, I like Pinter.
WHAT’S NEXT: I don’t know. I do know that I’m starting National Poetry Month with Czeslaw Milosz.