Welcome to Weekly Wonder, a weekly series in which we mercilessly ply you with books we liked, in the hope that you might like them too.
This week’s Wonder is:
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
The beautiful, fragile Blanche Dubois has lost her family home, and comes to live with her sister Stella in the loud, crowded New Orleans. Entirely dependent on ‘the kindness of strangers’, Blanche’s majestic worldview clashes with Stella’s husband Stanley’s boorish nature. Stanley has a sneaking suspicion that Blanche herself is responsible for the loss of Belle Reve, the family home. Soon enough, Blanche finds herself falling prey to Stanley’s violence.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
“Physical beauty is passing – a transitory possession – but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart – I have all these things – aren’t taken away but grow! Increase with the years!”
“And funerals are pretty compared to deaths.”
“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don’t tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth.”
“When I was sixteen, I made the discovery — love. All at once and much, much too completely. It was like you suddenly turned a blinding light on something that had always been half in shadow, that’s how it struck the world for me.”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- A Streetcar Named Desire is almost as heartbreaking as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The most striking similarity is the beautiful, distraught female protagonist who is a victim of circumstance. Maggie and Blanche both embody Southern gentility and personal struggles.
- Much like Maggie, falling in love with Blanche is guaranteed.
- Blanche is quite interesting as a character- fragile, delusional, yet calm and collected in the face of Stanley’s threats.
- This is a play which is very quote-able (just have a look at those precious gems up there.)
- The character of Blanche is based on Williams’ sister, Rose Williams, who struggled with mental health issues and turned to a vegetable after a lobotomy. Once again, we see Williams draw strong inspiration from his own life.
I hope you enjoyed the review! Please let me know your views in the comments.