The Cocktail Party, Paperback Book

The Cocktail Party Paperback

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'Obviously something more than a successful play, it is the practical demonstration of a patently conceived theory of dramatic form, and as such of high historical interest.' Times Literary Supplement'Eliot has attempted here something very daring and well worth doing.

He has taken the ordinary West End drawing room comedy convention - understatement, upper-class accents and all - and used it as a vehicle for utterly serious ideas.' Observer


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780571051885

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The Cocktail Party: A Comedy is painfully tragic from a Christian perspective. A wife leaves her husband because he's having an affair. Years later, the second woman becomes a Christian and is killed on the mission field. The husband and wife meanwhile have worked at repairing their marriage and find solace in meaningless cocktail parties. True passion is punished while superficial escapism is rewarded. But I suppose that's the irony Eliot was aiming at.As you would expect, Eliot's prose reads like poetry. The cadence and interplay of dialogue is sharp and lyrical.This is a fine read from a 20th century master.