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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Written largely in fast-paced dialogue full of cockney patter, the novel shows a born dramatist at work. Return to Book Page. He later adapted it into a radio play, and from there into a full theatrical production.

The Dwarfs

We own this as part of a collection of plays in one book: This narrator can be found in Len’s character because of his thoughtful dialogues. Books by Harold Pinter. Want to Read saving…. This “new direction” in his work and his left-wing political activism stimulated additional critical debate about Pinter’s politics. The Dwarfs cannot stand tall as a novel among literary plethora but it has maintains its existence because of some strong dialogues dealing with the philosophy common man’s life.

Pinter wrote The Dwarfs in the early s. He is a living legend and has created some of the most memorable theatre to date.

I suspect this is not so far from Pinter’s own view of the dramatist as someone who obviously shapes his material but who is also shaped by it. A peculiar, and not entirely successful, early work by Pinter, but one that certainly points the way towards the wonderful sparseness of his writing for theatre. Please provide an email address. He has a point — he always does — but those points are always disguised, usually as themselves, and so A harolf member of the Absurdist Theatre tradition, Pinter pulls no literary punches in this, his only novel.

At one stage, Pete and Mark have a pub chat about Shakespeare – drastically foreshortened in Crabbe’s version – in which Pete says: May 23, Elizabeth rated it liked it. The dwarfs i nani di Harold Pinter. Tensions do mount toward the end, though.

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Pinter’s dramas often involve strong conflicts among ambivalent characters who struggle for verbal and territorial dominance and for their own versions of the past. Peter and Virginia, despite having physical intimacy, do not seem to enjoy a love relationship and their encounter remains tensed because of the expectation that one has from other and that remain unaddressed.


But The Dwarfs is an evocation of a particular place and period and a detailed account of young people grappling with the problems of maturity. He has a point — he always does — but those points are always disguised, usually as themselves, and pitner his work is never what it seems to be. Sometimes the writing delves into repetitious, monochromatic, self-aggrandizement, but this is usually just the pinterr aspect of Pinter’s play-work marring the novelistic medium.

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The Dwarfs also reveals something most commentators on Pinter ignore: In some places it’s tough to keep up with the dialogue because it’s not always clear who said what. 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: However, for those careful and delicate literature lovers with the time and focus necessary for the task, Dwarfs is a densely layered and methodically crafted tale of common lust and betrayal mixed with some rather heavy-handed but finely wielded philosophy.

Beginning with his first play, The RoomPinter’s writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, dwatfs dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short pintr, essays, speeches, and letters. Worth reading, but don’t expect too much. It is a forerunner of a hqrold speech in The Caretaker where Mick seeks to intimidate the tramp Davies by beating him on his chosen ground – his knowledge of London’s maze-like geography.

Pinter received numerous awards. 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. As the female outsider in the Hackney gang of which Pinter was a part, she confirmed that they would hang out in cafes talking about the significance of everyday things such as rooms and engaging in edgy verbal exchanges.

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Similarly, The Dwarfs, Pinter’s semi-autobiographical novel, marked out his own peculiar territory. The readers usually know that they are going to read an abstract novel yet they are not told that they might have to turn pages of pages in the search of the story that is the backbone of any novel.

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It’s also written in language of extraordinary vigour that has echoes of Webster and Beckett and yet remains pure Pinter. Set thf in Hackney, it is about competitive male friendship: I was very much on my guard when I started reading this novel.

Open Preview See a Problem? I knew when language is denied its power to rule the narrative, it is often hard to find a story that flows smoothly from start to end;so I concentrated on sentences no matter who utter dwwrfs and under which circumstances as the pintee single search for circumstance might lead me to futile search for story ans, as I told you, story was not there, even if it was there ,it has been hidden behind a really clumsy plot.

I’ll never forget a conversation I had, in the course of researching my Pinter biography, with the prototype of Virginia.

Len is a dreamer and what he dreams about it not really clear. It read more, as I said, like an early draft of a play.


So, mastering the technique has been the biggest challenge thus far. You are commenting using your Facebook account. It is made up of some friends talking.

For those who know of his plays’ stark ambiguity and pointed pointlessness, this pintdr will be nothing too new. Jul 09, Angela Randall marked it as to-read Shelves: Feb 28, Daniel rated it liked it.