Off-Topic by G.R. Reader The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter Yellow Dog by Martin Amis Carp Fishing on Valium by Graham Parker Authors vs. Goodreads by Zoe. First published by Metheun & Co. in , corrected in First presented on stage by Michael Codron and David Hall at the New Arts Theatre, London, 18th. The Dwarfs is Harold Pinter’s first and only novel, written long before his first play between and His first play was a year later in , The Room.

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The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter

The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter. I was very much on my guard when I started Some stories are not read for plots but for the words they are composed of and the ideas that the words lead to, the Dwarfs is one of those story, the only problem is that The Dwarfs is not a story but a Novel: What is puzzling, however, is that Pinter’s novel, like Stoppard’s, remains largely unread – even by students who analyse the plays to the point of suffocation.

He was simply confirming what this virtually unknown work dwaffs He later adapted it into a radio play, and from there into a full theatrical production. But I think Pinter would have liked that affect. Each specifically placed pause or silence is always more important then the lines themselves — which is contrary to traditional theatre based on speech and dialogue.

My rating is not a haorld of how well this novel was written, but of how well I liked it. I’ll never forget a conversation I had, in the course of researching my Pinter biography, with the prototype of Virginia.

Paperbackpages. The novel is bulging with ideas Stoppard was later to develop in his plays: The production was very well received during its first incarnation, and we wanted to bring it tye a wider audience at the SummerWorks Festival. It is a play full of wonderfully tense silences and rich subtext that allows both the actors and audience to explore the inner workings of each moment and relationship. It had some moments, but I can see in the style of the novel that Pinter is naturally more inclined toward writing plays May 23, Elizabeth rated it liked it.


In the novel, Len and Pete have an animated discussion about Bach in which Len claims: Interspersed now pinted again are more abstract monologues, which often read like parodies of Beckett “”Air now. It is made up of some friends talking.

The story here–what little there is of it–involves the moods and quirks of four fairly bright, fairly depressed ordinary young Londoners, and the triangular tensions among them vaguely foreshadowing Betrayal. He has a point — he always does — but those points are always disguised, usually as themselves, and so his work is never what it seems to be. Most of the novel consists of faintly Pinteresque dialogue: Please provide an email address.


I need to read it again pnter of these days because he’s so smart. In the novelthere are few small parts in which a narrator speaks about the activities of Dwarfs. Beginning with his first play, The RoomPinter’s writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters.

Sep pitner, Greg rated it did not like it Shelves: Feb 28, Daniel rated it liked it.

The Dwarfs also reveals something most commentators on Pinter ignore: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Normaal gesproken stop ik niet halverwege met een boek, maar Pinter krijgt het voor elkaar. Francis Gillen, editor of the Pinter Review, has also discerned in The Dwarfs an thf of the dramatist whose influence has been largely undetected: In some places it’s tough to keep up with the dialogue because it’s not always clear who said what.

Also fascinated by Pete is hapless Len Weinstein, a train-station laborer and poet who’s intense about mathematics and his own existential misery “”I’m the ragamuffin who vomits in the palace. I would suggest reader that once you will start reading this novel, kindly look for small pieces of wisdom shrouded within characters ‘ haphazard talk and note it down to quote later on.


Dwafshe used The Dwarfs as the source of a radio play, which, by omitting Virginia, destroyed the story’s sexual tension. Now all is bare. Some chapters were about some “dwarfs”. What has been your biggest challenge with the show so far? Dwarfs wearing yellow raincoats and big sunglasses, eating bacon rinds, rotten cabbage and drinking fruit juice.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I suspect this is not so far from Pinter’s own view of the dramatist as someone who obviously shapes his material harlld who is also shaped by it. Jan 16, Pernilla Waern rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He is much into music and shows his concern about people’ s indifference to works of literature. When I casually remarked to Pinter that many people saw The Dwarfs as the ultimate source of his plays, he replied: In awarding the Pinte Prize, the Swedish Academy noted, “That he occupies a position as a modern classic is illustrated by his name entering the language as an adjective used to describe a particular atmosphere and environment in drama: Sometimes the writing delves into repetitious, monochromatic, self-aggrandizement, but this is usually just the knee-jerk aspect of Pinter’s harolr marring the novelistic medium.

And what exactly does The Dwarfs tell us about Pinter’s imagination? After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his dwarfe theatrical career intouring throughout Ireland.

His best-known plays include The Birthday PartyThe CaretakerThe Homecomingand Betrayaleach of which he adapted to film.

Their reference to religion shows that they are unconsciously aware of the waywardness of the life yet the institutionalized religion does not conform with the nature of these Londoners. Jul 09, Angela Randall marked it as to-read Shelves: