Death of A Salesman

Death of A Salesman

Audiobook CD - 2011
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A searing portrait of the physical, emotional, and psychological costs of the American dream. Willy Loman is the iconic traveling salesman, whose family is torn apart by his desperate obsession with greatness and social acceptance. As his two sons cast about aimlessly for their station in life, Willy begins to come unraveled when the reality of his life threatens his long-cherished illusions.
Publisher: [S.l.] : L.A.Theatre Works, p2011.
ISBN: 9781580818308
1580818307
Branch Call Number: 812.52 MIL
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (136 min.) cm.
Additional Contributors: Keach, Stacy
Kaczmarek, Jane

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 27, 2017

Willy Loman is a typical salesman in the late 1940s-early 1950s. All he wants is to have the American Dream: a wife, a few successful kids, a decent job that pays the bills, & a comfortable retirement. But society's definition of the American Dream doesn't find us all. Willy, an older gentleman closer to retirement than starting his career, is watching his life unravel (or at least the way he sees it). According to him, his sons are aimlessly wandering through life, not sure what they want to do. As things get tough at work, Willy's frustrations mount, he loses his temper, & he ends up losing his job. As it does with so many people, pride keeps Willy from putting the pieces of his life back together even though life will look different than it did before.

The actors (audiobook) did an excellent job in this portrayal of the play. I could hear the loss, frustration, anguish, & happiness in their voices as each character's life just keeps moving along. As sad as moments of this story were, I'm afraid this is a story that is all to common in society today. We want things to be as we dream they should be. Our dreams may or may not be realistic, but life doesn't usually play out the way we had envisioned it would. Willy chose a negative outlook on the way his life played out. Bad situations CAN be just that---bad SITUATIONS. We don't have to let them take over our life & make for a bad LIFE.

Age recommendation: 14 & up (profanity, extreme displays of anger)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

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1aa
Aug 20, 2015

An awesome recording of a performance of one of the great plays of the twentieth century.

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 27, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: extreme displays of anger

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 27, 2017

Coarse Language: profanity

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 27, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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