Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Paperback
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'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday.

His two sons have returned home for the occasion: Gooper, his wife and children, Brick, an ageing football hero who has turned to drink, and his feisty wife Maggie.

As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of happy family life and Southern gentility gradually slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies, jealousy and suppressed sexuality threaten to reach boiling point.

Made into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a masterly portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own making.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780141190280



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It's often quite hard to enjoy a play when reading rather than watching - I know I get bored very quickly and easily, but not with this one. This is hands down my favourite play. It seems to almost effortlessly evoke the tension of the relationships, the heat of the South and the mounting pressure caused by the secrets in this family. It's one of the most pleasurable reads, the way it flows along on this wave of emotional intensity. Ugh - <I>love</I> it.

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