audrey_e (audrey_e) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

49_Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

49   CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF   Tennessee Williams (USA, 1955)

Maggie the Cat is still in love with her husband Brick who refuses to have sex with her since the suicide of his best friend Skipper. But she is determined to find her way back to his bed. The play is filled with allusions to homosexuality but we never get to know if Brick is truly homosexual or not.

Once more Williams' genius amazed me. This play is so profoundly sad that it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Maggie and Brick could be Greek heroes if they weren't trapped in their southern everyday lives. 
And he  has such a great understanding of women! Just like D.H. Lawrence he fully acknowledges their sexuality and the determination that comes with it.
The ending is particularly beautiful. "Oh you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you — gently, with love, and hand your life back to you. "

Tags: drama

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