Nov May 5. Oct 6. Apr May Sep 7. Oct About us. The chapters are broken down into acts, and although the setting of the story changes the characters stay the same. This is Steinbeck in his purest form, writing again about the human condition in a way that cuts straight through pretense. In Act One, Joe Saul is an older circus performer married to a beautiful young woman named Burning Bright is a lesser known short piece that Steinbeck calls a play written in fiction form. The two are deeply in love, but are unable to have children. Mordeen knows that she is fertile, while Joe Saul has never been able to have children before.
Mordeen and Joe Saul's desire for children drives this story to a crisis. Friend Ed, another character in the story describes this difficulty, "When the bodies meet in love there is a promise - sometimes so deep buried in their cells that thinking does not comprehend - there is a sharp promise that a child may be the result of this earthquake and this lightning. This each body promises the other. But if one or the other knows - beyond doubt that the promise can't be kept - the wholeness is not there; the thing is an act, a pretense, a lie, and deeply deep, a uselessness, a thing of no meaning.
Jul 20, Kent Winward rated it really liked it. Yet, when I shifted to thinking about the play dramatically, I could see with the right actors and the right direction, the repetition, the different settings, and the slightly altered characters could have explored issues of infidelity, love, friendship, and legacy in a powerful night at the theater.
Steinbeck is probably a victim of his own success with Of Mice and Men which works well as a novel and a play. Readers approach this book expecting a novel and that is not what this is. We approach our literature with expectation and when a writer of Steinbeck's stature wants to stretch us and challenge our expectations, maybe we should listen. Burning Bright is a play written as a short novel. There are four characters: Joe Saul a widower in his 50s , Mordeen his much younger second wife , Friend Ed Joe and Mordeen's friend , and Victor a younger man who works with Joe.
Joe Saul badly wants a child, and Mordeen, having deduced that Joe is sterile, has a brief affair with Victor and plans to pass off the child as Joe's despite Victor's insistence that he will reveal that both she and the child are his. The story is told in three a Burning Bright is a play written as a short novel. The story is told in three acts, and Steinbeck changes the setting in each. In the first act, the foursome are circus performers, in the second, they're farmers, and in the third, merchant seamen. The changing settings are meant to communicate that the themes of the story are universal, although I'm not sure how readily apparent this is given that a circus performer or sea captain is not someone you'd be likely to think is just like yourself.
In any case, it's an interesting experiment in form, but I think the melodramatic dialogue works better as a play than as a novel. As a novel, it comes across as overwrought and slightly hokey. Cup of Gold Steinbeck disavowed, but this he appreciated? While there are definite strengths--the allusion to the Biblical story of Saul, the unusual structure, the compelling set-up, and moments of great dialogue and description--there are also big drawbacks.
Not to mention: Mordeen? Okay, I get that the name is somewhat symbolic reference to Morgan Le Fay? Still, Steinbeck at his lowest is better than most at their peak. And, Burning Bright is nothing if not an interesting experiment in form.
Oh, and the last page seems like it had to be a starting point for The Shining: "With all our horrors and our faults, somewhere in us there is a shining. That is the most important of all facts.
Burning Bright is a horror-thriller directed by Carlos Brooks and starring Briana Evigan, Garret Dillahunt, Meat Loaf, and Charlie Tahan. The film is. A thriller centered on a young woman and her autistic little brother who are trapped in a house with a ravenous tiger during a hurricane.
There is a shining. Jan 17, Falina rated it it was ok Shelves: steinbeckchallenge. This was a weird one.
I like the idea of a lineage of knowledge and values, but I think the central theme love and guidance are the responsibility of all men toward all children and the idea of a "bloodline" being all-important is narrow and contemptible just seems too self-evident to me. I'm sure it was a revolutionary idea for Steinbeck at the time but I'm not a man in the s so for me it doesn't seem like a story I particularly needed to hear.
The changing of the setting between acts mus This was a weird one. The changing of the setting between acts must be to enforce the universality of the message, but it was a bit disorienting, as was the dialogue, which was overly stilted and formal compared to Steinbeck's usual style. I still love Steinbeck of course, but I'm not impressed with this one.
I still love Steinbeck of course, but I'm not impressed with this one. I found my agent Jonny Geller through dumb luck and good timing. Oct 6. Anyway, I digress. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. As a novel, it comes across as overwrought and slightly hokey. I especially like the changing of setting, biographies of characters, etc.
Steinbeck has the right idea with his play-novel. I don't have the patience to read something in play format.
This was much more enjoyable and basically reads like a novel, with a bit more repetition of the names than a regular novel would have, and a structure that jumped around from act to act as a play often does. The story line got pretty heartbreaking toward the end. You could point out examples of tragic irony and the like if you were so inclined, but I preferred to read it as a novel and Steinbeck has the right idea with his play-novel.
You could point out examples of tragic irony and the like if you were so inclined, but I preferred to read it as a novel and appreciate Steinbeck a bit more. He's good at explaining things. If you do end up reading this book, be sure to read his introduction and the reasons he includes for making Burning Bright in this format.
Mar 18, Christopher Sutch rated it liked it. The concept of this novel based on an unsuccessful Broadway play Steinbeck wrote is terrific; it's the kind of play I'd write. I especially like the changing of setting, biographies of characters, etc. But there are two problems: the language is ridiculously flowery. Maybe Steinbeck deliberately chose to do this; the play is not realistic in almost any other way. The second problem The concept of this novel based on an unsuccessful Broadway play Steinbeck wrote is terrific; it's the kind of play I'd write.
The second problem is the plot itself, which is fairly mundane and uninteresting.
Mar 17, A. Shaw rated it really liked it Shelves: As novella-plays go, this is perfect. The format is the perfect vehicle for Steinbeck's economy with words, and the character's voices rang in my ears whilst I read. What it'd be like to watch as a play is incredibly easy to imagine, so much so that I feel like I saw this as much as that I read it.
For that method and its effectiveness, all the praise and appreciation. The characters respective issues, not something I initially felt interest for, gathered pace and emotion with each speech, and t As novella-plays go, this is perfect. The characters respective issues, not something I initially felt interest for, gathered pace and emotion with each speech, and the end was quite brilliantly Glad I finally got around to reading this!
Mar 26, Randy Cauthen rated it it was amazing. This is Steinbeck in very stylized, "mythic" mode, kind of like "The Pearl. And the ending might make you say, "Jesus, it took three people dying for him to be able to figure that out?
police-risk-management.com/order/nokia/tawaf-come-disattivare.php Steinbeck has a reputation as a realist, but he was a romantic at heart. This play-novella a novella that can be acted by lifting out the dialogue is about the deep urge to create new life, how circumstances can frustrate that urge, and how emergency measures can be taken to remove that frustration. The dialogue is muscular poetry. A wonderful short work.
Jun 24, Adam Floridia rated it liked it. Not much to say. The little synopsis-blurb pretty much covers it. Oct 21, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star , classics , reads , fiction. I love the books of John Steinbeck. Consequently, whenever I am in or around Salinas, I check out the local bookstores for something I may have missed. Not sure that I love the format but I found the plot compelling. This is the story of Joe Saul; his desire to have a child and the lengths his wife, Mordeen would go to make him happy. Joe Saul cries, I love the books of John Steinbeck.
More than my training and the remembered stories of glory and the forgotten shame of failure. Do you feel singled out, pinned up alone in a museum? Else it will grow with poisoned fingers like a cancer in your mind.
Rip off the cover. Let it out!