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The Lion in Winter - James Goldman
The Lion in Winter
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Insecure siblings fighting for their parents’ attention; bickering spouses who can’t stand to be together or apart; adultery and sexual experimentation; even the struggle to balance work and family: These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century. In James... show more
Insecure siblings fighting for their parents’ attention; bickering spouses who can’t stand to be together or apart; adultery and sexual experimentation; even the struggle to balance work and family: These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century. In James Goldman’s classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form. Keenly self-aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. By imagining the inner lives of Henry, Eleanor, and their sons, John, Geoffrey, and Richard, Goldman created the quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern-day relevance to the intrigues of Angevin England. Combining keen historical and psychological insight with delicious, mordant wit, the stage play has become a touchstone of today’s theater scene, and Goldman’s screenplay for the 1968 film adaptation won him an Academy Award. Told in “marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns” (Los Angeles Times), The Lion in Winter is the rare play that bursts into life on the printed page.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812973358 (0812973356)
ASIN: 812973356
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
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Book Cupidity
Book Cupidity rated it
5.0 "All the world's a stage..."
Extraordinary. I have a problem with despicable people. I have a bias against them, so shoot me. If you suck, I garner no enjoyment from your suckdom, and therefore will not typically read a book that is strictly about lying, conniving, murderous, adulterous, dare I say slimy?, people. Though we kno...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0 The Lion in Winter
bookshelves: re-read, teh-brillianz, film-only, play-dramatisation, plantagenet-1154-1485, medieval5c-16c Read from January 01, 1996 to November 29, 2013, read count: 3 Now for the film: Peter O'Toole ... Henry II Katharine Hepburn ... Eleanor of Aquitaine Anthony Hopkins ... Richard John Castl...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
5.0
I’m not sure if Molina is the best Henry II I’ve seen or heard, but this performance of the play is darn good. The repartee is well done and even with just the audio you can hear the passion and disgust that Henry Eleanor feel for each other.
jemidar
jemidar rated it
Re-read.Despite its obvious inaccuracies this is still my favourite fiction about Henry and Eleanor. Love the snark!!
Meandering Em's
Meandering Em's rated it
2.0
A whirlwind look at a completely dysfunctional family under the guise of history. It supposedly represents Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine and their children in a conflict over who will replace Henry when he dies. There is much conniving, fighting, threatening and general mayhem through...
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