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The Cabin: Reminiscence and Diversions

The Cabin: Reminiscence and Diversions
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 176
Pub. Date: 1993
ISBN-10: 0679747206
ISBN-13: 9780679747208

About the Book:

In these mordant, elegant, and often disquieting essays, internationally acclaimed dramatist David Mamet creates a sort of autobiography by strobe light, one that is both mysterious and starkly revealing.

The pieces in The Cabin are about places and things: the suburbs of Chicago, where as a boy David Mamet helplessly watched his stepfather terrorize his sister; New York City, where as a young man he had to eat his way through a mountain of fried matzoh to earn a night of sexual bliss. They are about guns, campaign buttons, and a cabin in the Vermont woods that stinks of wood smoke and kerosene — and about their associations of pleasure, menace, and regret.

The resulting volume The Cabin may be compared to the plays that have made David Mamet famous: it is finely crafted and deftly timed, and its precise language carries an enormous weight of feeling.

What people say:

"If The Cabin is not exactly a full portrait of the artist as a young man approaching middle age, it is a very fine pen-and-ink drawing of one.." — LA Weekly

"Enormous powers of observation...he has an ear for language." — LA Weekly

"A very worthwhile collection...Mamet walks a line between provocation and enticement, and its precariousness almost always compels attention." — Newsday

"A delight...there is a lean, masculine quality to his essays." — Baltimore Sun

About the Author:

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, including the Oscar-nominated The Verdict. His more than twenty plays include the Pulitzer Prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross. His other awards include a Tony Award, an Academy Award, two OBIE Awards, two NYDCC Awards, and Outer Circle, Society of West End Theatre, and Dramatists Guild Hall-Warriner Awards.

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